Michaela Masarova

Organising the Slovak University Sports Association

The Slovak University Sports Association is a voluntary civic association of separate and equitable associations with nationwide coverage. Slovak University Sports Association – Civic Association, was founded on 27th June 1919. It was recognized by the International University Sports Federation, FISU on 1th January 1993 and by the European University Sports Federation, EUSA on 1th January 1999. The association has a unique national position and is funded by Ministry of Education, Science, Research and sport of the Slovak Republic. The main decision body is Executive Committee headed by President and the main body is General Assembly composed of 46 Members – University clubs.

Although the association has a unique position in Slovakia and a long-term tradition it also has low response to change and no interest in changing the organisational and management structures. The objective of this case study is to identify the major problems of the Slovak University Sports Association and recommend improvements.

To conclude, the alternative solutions to the problems identified are to update or change the organisational structure, increase professionalism within the committee and improve the communication within the committee by developing a communication plan for the association. To sum up, the main points from the findings and discussion are that the improvement of the communication through the communication plan will lead to more flexible decision making and problem solving and the committee members will have better understanding of their roles and responsibilities which will result in increased interest in matters related to sport organization. Subsequently it can lead to increased attendance of spectators and students in competitions and interest of sponsors.

Organising major sporting event by Slovak University Sports Association

Anyone who has been involved in running a major sporting event understands how daunting the task can be. The objective of this case study is to improve the organisation of future sporting events organised by the Slovak University Sports Association on the example and analysis of the 27th Winter Universiade 2015. The author of this case study identified as a main problem of this event the speed and flexibility in the problem solving. As the key aspects of the problem, low flexibility in response and communication with delegations, were highlighted.

Slovak University Sports Association is a voluntary civic association of separate and equitable associations with nationwide coverage. Its mission is to create conditions for the activities of all entities associated with it in order to promote and ensure the development of higher performance of university sport at all levels. By the development of physical education and sport, it is trying to develop sporting values and help develop the sport in the spirit of college life. The biggest effort is to ensure the representation of university sports in events organized by FISU and EUSA.

During the preparation for the Winter Universiade, individual areas were coordinated by the heads of departments. During the event, some departments were strengthened by other team members and mainly by volunteers. Although, the functional structures of the Organising Committee were well established and the event was very well received from athletes, officials and delegates we identified that the major problem during the main event was the flexibility in the decision making. This problem was a cause of some minor conflicts and discussion between the delegations and the organising committee.

To conclude, for future events it is recommended to adopt organizational structure with clear line of command and specification of detailed rights and duties for respective positions. It is advised to create an organisation chart which will enable organisers to specify human resources allocation for each function, area or task according to the event. To implement this recommendation the Executive Committee should review and prepare the organisation chart that will present the event´s unique hierarchical structure. In addition, position descriptions may also define procedures and directives to be followed.


Michaela Masárová

Secretary for International Relations

Slovak University Sports Association


Jaseňová 18, 010 07 Žilina, Slovakia