European University Sports Association (EUSA) 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 Series are the qualification events for European Universities Games and Championships.
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- Schedule is subject to change, updates will be sent to qualifying athletes in due course
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 around 5000 student athlete qualifiers from 403 universities in 41 countries, competing in 23 sports, including taekwondo sparring and patterns disciplines.
Qualification for student-athletes competing in the A-class WTF rules sparring – Kukkiwon individual patterns and Freestyle patterns disciplines – is determined by their end of year BUCS Taekwondo Championships Series placement. The number of qualification spots varies depending on their division’s average player population across the series: Please note that qualification is restricted to BUCS overall 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. It is not possible to enter a different weight division than the one in which the student-athlete has qualified.
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 or BUCS.
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, EUSA’s regulations require athletes winning a qualification spot must be aged 30 or under to attend EUSA Games and Championships; also note current FISU regulations require athletes attending the World University Games be 26 or under.
More information about the event can be found on the BUCS and EUSA websites.
Please note that qualifiers will need to discuss funding with their athletic union/ sports department as this varies greatly between universities. Neither the BSTF or BUCS funds 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.
The standard of competition is high at EUSA competitions, approaching the standard G-1 competitions. Qualifiers should discuss with their institution administrators and club coaches if they can commit to the volume of training required to compete on the European stage. For student-athletes aspiring to qualify for EUSA events we highly recommend your preparation cycle for EUSA competition begins from the start of the academic year, not only after qualification has been achieved.
*Qualification boundaries and qualifying scores may be subject to change. Tournament dates are subject to change. Qualification criteria may be reviewed in the event that the World Taekwondo modifies the ranking status of the event.