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Fifteen Hundred Participants Will Have the Chance to Exercise with DEAC

2019. April 30. - 10:03 On May 1, DEAC [Athletic Club of the University of Debrecen] is going to host a family event in the Sports Center of the University, offering sports competitions and free health screening possibilities. The main feature of the event is going to be the charity running contest.

The aim of the organizers of this leisure-time event is to provide an insight to any interested party into what life is like in the big family of the University of Debrecen, specifically, in its sports club DEAC. As for those who even make up their minds to enter either the 3600-meter or the 1919-meter running contest (the latter being a reference to the year of the foundation of the club), they will also compete with a high and noble idea in mind. An amount of HUF 500 of each of the entry fees will be offered for charity: a donation to Koraszülött és Gyermek Intenzív Ellátásáért a DOTE Gyermekklinikán Alapítvány [Foundation for Preterm and Infant Intensive Care Unit at the Pediatric Clinic]. The intensive care unit would wish to spend the donated amounts on purchasing pediatric infusion pumps for the babies and supplies to facilitate the relaxation of the parents on the premises.

At the press conference of I. DEAC Családi és Futónap [1st DEAC Family and Running Day], held on Thursday, Chancellor of the University of Debrecen Zoltán Bács emphasized the importance of recreational sports.

“In addition to the developments of the past years and the achievements at competitive sports events, the cause of providing people with opportunities to be involved in recreational sports is also of extraordinary importance to us, either with the help of DEAC or even within the framework available in the club itself. The first major event of this effort will be this May 1 Family and Running Day, and I do hope that there will be a lot of participants there,” said the chancellor.

Andrea Lenténé Puskás, Managing Director of DEAC Egyesület [Club DEAC] added that an extra objective would be to forge an even better cooperation than what is available today between the departments of the club and the general public in Debrecen.

“For years, we have been planning to hold an event like this for the families of DEAC athletes, including parents, grandparents and kids, as well as for the citizens of Debrecen in general. We also wish to make sure that this is not just a one-off opportunity but an occasion to be repeated annually in the future, with the objective to make it possible for every generation to have fun and to do sports together,” said the MD. She also added that, apart from the sports-related activities, there would also be chances for the participants to have their blood pressure and blood sugar level checked and to get free advice on health and sports issues. 

At the press conference, the detailed program for the day was introduced by the head organizer of the event, Gergő Török, who is also the Marketing Manager of DEAC.

“The main feature for the day will be the charity running event, starting at 11 a. m. from the building of DESOK, with a finish line situated on the synthetic running tracks next to the soccer field. So far, we have received almost two hundred entries, all of them online. As a matter of course, there will also be a chance to register on the premises, too, between 8 and 10 a.m. on Wednesday next. In addition to automatically offering an amount of HUF 500 of each of the entry fees for the Foundation for Preterm and Infant Intensive Care Unit at the Pediatric Clinic, we have also received quite a lot of inquiries about the so-called “honesty box” possibility, as there are individuals who would wish to give more for charity. We are going to make sure that this will be possible, too,” said Gergő Török, who added that there would also be a party bouncy castle for the kids and possibilities for the adults to try their hands at beer pong and beer curling.

The full-day program will start at 8 a.m. on May 1 with the on-site registration for the running events, while the sports facilities will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for all. At 4 p.m., a soccer game between the current third-league team of DEAC and the team of DEAC “Allstars” will take place. Some of the players in the latter will be familiar faces to us, including Ákos Berta, the captain of the ice hockey team, Róbert Hanász, the manager of the (American) football team, Kata Üveges, futsal player of the Hungarian national selection, and István Becsky, the Head of the Basketball Section. The manager of the “Allstars” team will be the Executive Director of DEAC, Marianna Kovács Lóczi Lászlóné.

Besides the citizens of Debrecen, several regionally and nationally significant companies have also noticed the competitive edge they may take advantage of if they decide to be at Családi és Futónap, so there will be a chance to buy food and drinks on the premises for the whole day, thanks to the outdoor corporate catering facilities of these companies.

You can sign up for the running events at this link, or on the premises.



American Football Section in DEAC

2018. December 11. - 16:24 The number of sections in DEAC has grown to 19, as from the next season on football players will also compete wearing jerseys with the colours of the club. Players can register themselves for the team at the Dóczy street University Sports Centre.

Debrecen Gladiators The first American football team in the town, was established in 2004. It was one of the most successful teams in the eastern part of Hungary at the time. In the first 3 years the team consistently played for the champion title, but closed each season with a silver medal. Somewhat later another team was established under the name "Debreceni Huszárok".

Football has been highly popular among university students for years, said Marianna Lóczi Lászlóné Kovács, managing director of DEAC.

– Many foreign students asked about the opportunities to play American football in Debrecen. Considering the long tradition of football in Debrecen and the high number of interested youngsters, we established the section, said the managing director, adding that the already existing clubs and their players have also joined the new football section of DEAC, which means that right now the whole American football world in Debrecen is concentrated in the university club.

The football section of DEAC currently has about 100 players in the adult and junior age groups. In the next championship these two teams will certainly represent DEAC. Out of them 20 players are students of UD, two of them are from Nigeria. Another 20 players are planning to start their studies at the University of Debrecen. This means that in the following years almost half of the squad will come from UD. The head of section is László Stündl.

Visit of the Ambassador of Canada at UD

2018. November 06. - 16:05 The ambassador of Canada gave a lecture at the University of Debrecen. Isabelle Poupart also visited a training of the DEAC ice hokey team, where she met two Canadian players who taught her a few tricks.

Before meetings with politicians and discussions about the trade relationships between Hungary and Canada, Isabelle Poupart started Wednesday at the ice hokey arena in Debrecen. The Canadian diplomat was received by Lászlóné Lóczi, managing director of DEAC and András Fodor, head of department.

Before practice, the ambassador exchanged a few words with the two Canadian players, Bronson Kovács and Hugo Turcotte, and then took a few shots at the goal.

- I like to meet and talk to my compatriots, which is why I visited the ice hockey team. Canadians like sports, especially winter sports. I myself skate and ski, and today I have learned about the basics of ice hockey – said Isabelle Poupart.

Following the sports programme, the ambassador gave a lecture entitled "Canadian Dream" at UD at the invitation of the Faculty of Humanities. Among other things, Isabelle Poupart talked to students and lecturers about the values Canada represents and the challenges her country is facing, including the way they treat aboriginals.

Owing to the embassy, students could enjoy an exhibition in the corridor of the Institute of English and American Studies entitled "Hungarian Exodus: Hungarians in Canada following '56". The ambassador pointed out that after the revolution in 1956, Canada received 37,000 Hungarian refugees. Today over 340,000 Hungarians live in the country. Their community has been fully integrated in Canadian society.

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UniPass – more than a card

2018. October 04. - 16:57 DEAC és UniFit-pass, library card or dormitory key, means of payment and a card granting you discounts all in one – the UniPass card, available to the citizens of the University of Debrecen free of charge, now has even more functions.

The university cards have been produced on a large scale since early September. Similarly to the past 3 years, once again more than 4000 freshers received their UniPass cards as they registered for their first year. Instead of the usual biweekly production cycle, due to the start of the new academic year, hundreds of new cards are being printed weekly at the Card Management Centre of the University of Debrecen. UniPass has an unbroken popularity, especially as several new functions were added also in the past few months which make the lives of students and others affiliated with the university easier both on and off campus.

“It can be used as a library card, as a key to enter a number of classrooms and buildings, including several dormitories, as well as an access card at the gates when parking with motor vehicles on the campuses. The Lifestyle Development Club membership fee was introduced in the last academic year. Starting from this academic year, a new service was added to the offering: in addition to a pass to the UniFit gym, those with a membership can also purchase a pass for the games of DEAC with significant discounts. Since the university card stores these passes electronically, it can also be used as entry access cards in both cases,” said Andrea Fülöp head of the centre.

The payment system was launched in the spring of this year. With this service, now the university card can also be used as a means of payment at the cafeterias, snack bars, clubs on campus, and also at the festivals affiliated with the university, as the Water Tower and at Campus Festival. Cardholders can top up their cards in advance, prior to making a purchase, through their profiles on the website or via the UniPass App, using a bank card, or at the designated card top-up points, using cash or a bank card. The university card can be used for gaining access to events. It was first used for this purpose in the “Employee Derby” in June, where it made the entry of thousands a participants a smooth process.

The UniPass card allows its holder free entry to the Botanical Garden of the University of Debrecen, and it also entitles them to a discount at an increasing number of places. Some of the most popular among these are the discounts offered by Libri bookstores, the DIY store Praktiker, Főnix Events Organiser, as well as stores in FÓRUM shopping centre, but the employee discounts offered by Aquaticum Debrecen SPA are also increasingly popular.

The UniPass cards can be ordered year-round by all university citizens – active employees and students alike. The card is free of charge when initially issued, and can be used for a period of five years. The process of ordering is very quick and simple: it requires logging in at the website with into the Profile, using the network ID and password, uploading a passport-type photograph and choosing from 21 different backgrounds. The registration process is also supported by an e-learning material available in Hungarian and English.

”A new feature since this summer is that we now laminate all cards in order to make them more durable. On order to make the convenient services, cardholders must activate their UniPass cards using the CVV code on the back side of their cards. More than four thousand cards will expire this year. 60 days before the expiry date, cardholders receive an e-mail message about the possibility of requesting a new card and the procedure they need to follow. All necessary information is available on our website and our Facebook page, but inquiries can also be directed to our customer service,” said Andrea Fülöp, head of UniPass Card Management Centre.

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