The University of Rome Tor Vergata is located on a six-hundred-acre campus and hence has a natural vocation for sports. Sports facilities consist of two 5-a-side soccer fields, a tennis court, a basketball court and a volleyball court. They integrate with a number of private sports facilities close to the campus which are University partners in order to offer students, professors and technical and administrative staff a diverse range of sports disciplines. A school field has recently been added as part of such partnerships: it is equipped with a privately run golf course which is open at night too. Tor Vergata is the first Italian University and one of the few worldwide with a golf course.
The recent establishment of a University Sports Centre (Centro Universitario Sportivo - CUS) introduced new sports facilities for Tor Vergata students. Organised into sections, CUS offers the opportunity to play sports at amateur and competitive level in many disciplines (11-a-side and 5-a-side soccer, basketball, cycling, judo, rugby, swimming, volleyball, tennis, athletics, weightlifting, karate, boxing, taekwondo, beach volleyball, canoeing, fighting, shooting, fencing, table tennis, etc.). These disciplines refer to both men's and women's sports. CUS takes advantage of technicians in Sport and Exercise Sciences providing advanced skills to achieve considerable results at a national and international level. Important successes in National Student Championships and World University Championships - where Tor Vergata students have won many medals - testify to this.
The Sport and Exercise Sciences Degree and CUS organise training activities for coaches, athletic trainers, gym instructors in a number of sport and fitness activities in order to enhance professionalism in sports. As a matter of fact, this is a field which increasingly relies on scientific research and technological innovation.
Amateur sports tournaments open to all students are periodically held on the Campus. A Sports Festival and a Sports Culture Week are organised in May with the participation of thousands of students and visitors. They offer a chance to rethink sports and physical activities as tools to promote wellness and health.
Furthermore, the Campus is crossed by hundreds of runners, cyclists and fans of walking every day, creating a jubilation of happiness and colours.
The University is also famous for awarding the yearly Prize ‘Tor Vergata – Ethics in Sports’, now reaching its 14th edition. This event has seen the presence of great sports personalities - both domestic and international - who are famous for their fair play and commitment to sports and social issues (Alex Zanardi, Valentina Vezzali, Michel Platini, Cesare Prandelli, Carlton Mayer, Alex Ferguson).
Professor Antonio Lombardo – Rector’s Representative for Sports