HSG students do a lot of sports The students of the University of St.Gallen are among Switzerland’s sportiest. 55 per cent do at least three hours of sports a week. This is the result of a representative survey at 14 universities. 27 July 2011. When it comes to sports, students in Switzerland are above average in comparison with the majority of the population. Only 8 per cent of students in this country and only 4 per cent of students at the HSG do no sport at all. By contrast, 27 per cent of the Swiss population between 15 and 74 years of age are not actively engaged in any sport; in the group of 20-34-year-olds, the figure is 24 per cent. Health, fitness, counterbalance Students’ most important motives for doing sports are health, fitness and as a counterbalance to their studies. 58 per cent of matriculated students at the ETH Zurich do three or more hours of sports per week, which is the country’s top value of students most active in sports. The runners-up are the Universities of St.Gallen and Berne with 55 per cent. The study was conducted in spring 2010 at the behest of the Swiss University Sport Directors Conference. It is based on online interviews with just under 17,000 students who were selected purely at random. Women like group fitness Many students do sports outside the university, others make use of the services provided by university sports or combine both. At the HSG, 68 per cent of students take advantage of Unisport services between several times a week and rarely. This is an average value in a national comparison. Group fitness is particularly popular with women. Two thirds of female HSG students who make use of Unisport services indicate that they took part in a group fitness session in the twelve months leading up to the survey. The University of St.Gallen has achieved a national top value with the 8 per cent of students who have already taken part in a national or international student competition. Unisport Head Leonz Eder gives the following reason for this high percentage: “Besides mass sports, we deliberately encourage competitive sports and national and international comparisons.” Good grades for training instructors Students in Switzerland award generally good grades to training instructors and the infrastructure of university sports. The latter is applicable again to the HSG particularly since Unisport has been able to use the new sports hall. Sports courses also get generally good grades; however, courses are often fully booked or even overbooked. “This illustrates the popularity and quality of our programmes. We are trying to react to this positive development by means of condensation and outsourcing our training times,” says Leonz Eder.