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Parma hosts National Erasmus Games

Exchange students from all over Italy participated in the National Erasmus Games from 12 to 14 April in the Italian city of Parma.

The logo of the NEG 2019. Image: Erasmus Student Network Italy

The last edition of the NEG, in 2018, was hosted in Pisa

Organised by the Erasmus Student Network Italy, the event sees exchange students belonging to the network’s local groups challenging each other in a variety of sports.

“The National Erasmus Games 2019 in Parma have welcomed more than 300 exchange students from all over Italy”

Students wear the colour of the city where they are studying instead of those of the home country.

The games were kicked off by an opening ceremony on Friday 12 April, which included a parade for all participating teams.

Now in its sixth year, the National Erasmus Games 2019 in Parma have welcomed more than 300 exchange students from all over Italy.

The Erasmus Student Network Naples celebrating the victory of the futsal team.

The National Erasmus Games are part of the “Erasmus and Sport” project, that ESN Italy has been pushing forward since 2013.

The project’s aim is to encourage exchange students to practise one or more sports during their study abroad experience, using sport as an “educational bridge” to build a sense of community between international and Italian students.

Beyond the European Commission, the National Youth Forum and the National Agency for Erasmus+ INDIRE, the NEG had the patronage of the University of Parma, the City of Parma, the Emilia Romagna Region and the Italian National Olympic Committee, among others.

The last edition of the NEG, in 2018, was hosted in Pisa.

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