The 2017 European Universities Championships takes place July 24-28th in Coimbra, Portugal, where WTF rules sparring, Kukkiwon individual patterns and Freestyle patterns will be contested.
University of Coimbra
EUSA (European University Sports Association) events are for universities that qualify from their domestic university competitions, and allow the top universities in BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) competitions to compete against the best universities in Europe. BUCS are the EUSA member for the UK and responsible for sanctioning UK entrants to EUSA events.
In partnership with British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) the Student National Championships are the qualification event for European Universities Games and Championships.
EUSA events take place each year, and alternate annually between the EUSA Games (a multi-sport event, even-years) and the EUSA Championships (a series of single-sport events, odd-years). They are the principal student sports events of the European University Sports Association (EUSA) and Champions League of European University sport. The 2016 European Universiade (Games) were attended by almost 5000 student athlete qualifiers from 403 universities in 41 countries, competing in 23 sports including Taekwondo sparring and patterns disciplines.
Student athletes reaching the required round in their divisions of the Student Nationals A-class WTF rules sparring discipline, A-class Kukkiwon Individuals patterns and A-class Freestyle patterns disciplines will automatically qualify to represent their university at the European Universities Championships. The number of qualification spots varies depending on the division’s player population: Please note that qualification is restricted to gold medallists only in categories of 4 fighters or less, gold and silver for categories of 8 or less, and top-4 only when more than 8 fighters contest the category. Athletes may qualify for the discipline(s) and weight division entered at the Student National Taekwondo Championships only; it is not possible to enter a different weight division than the one in which the athlete qualifies.
Please note that EUSA events are qualified for and not selected, hence, there is no discretion within an entry for illness, injury, form, unfavourable draws, national squad members who were competing elsewhere, individuals that missed the qualifiers with mitigating circumstances, or other subjective factors. There are no nationality restrictions for qualification i.e., domestic and overseas students are equally eligible. While entries are co-ordinated centrally all entrants will represent their university in EUSA competition, as opposed to Great Britain.
All entrants must meet BUCS eligibility criteria and be in good standing with their university’s student union and sports department. All athletes must abide by the rules, regulations, and codes of conduct of the BSTF, their individual institutions and BUCS for EUSA team members. While there are no age restrictions for students entering BSTF events, due to EUSA regulations we have no control over any athlete winning a qualification spot must be aged 30 or under to attend EUSA Games and Championships; athletes attending the World University Games must be 26 or under.
More information about the event can be found on the BUCS and EUSA websites.
EUSA Taekwondo sparring competition typically utilise a double elimination format; a guide to double elimination tournaments is available here.
Please note that qualifiers will need to discuss funding with their athletic union/ sports department as this varies greatly between universities. BUCS does not allocate any direct funding towards University teams at EUSA events, and the full cost is to be paid by the competing University. This will include all travel costs, the participation fee (per person per day), the entry fee, provision of referees (where required), and so on. Further details regarding costs will be made available at a later date. The BSTF will offer administrative support to qualifying athletes and their universities. While the BSTF is not itself an athlete funding body we offer some guidance in accessing EUSA event and elite athlete funding schemes which may be available to you through your own university sports departments/athletic unions.
*Qualification boundaries and qualifying scores may be subject to change. Qualification criteria may be reviewed in the event that the World Taekwondo Federation modifies the ranking status of the event.