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RSI joins EPSI

RSI Sports has been accepted as a member of the European Platform for Sport Innovation. EPSI is a not-for-profit European membership-based networking organisation that focusses, amongst others things, on innovation in sport, leisure and health.

EPSI lobbies policy makers at European, national and regional levels to increase political attention to world sport. The organisation also stimulates public investments into sports while, simultaneously, strives for a more innovation-friendly environment to stimulate business development.

“Being able to exchange knowledge and experience with some of the leading universities and innovative institutions in Europe will go a long way towards developing new solutions to improve sports and sports participation,” managing partner Arnoud Fiolet says.

Working together with knowledge institutes and universities is standard practice for RSI. “The science behind sports and sports development is our point of departure. Our LED grass grow units only came about once scientists at the Institute of Sciences at the University of Munich, Germany, had determined the perfect conditions our LED lights would have to replicate. And the Athletic Skills Model for which we recently acquired the marketing rights, is also the fruit of scientists and specialists exploring new ways to improve sports and sports participation.”

The ASM was devised by the fitness trainer of the Dutch national football team, René Wormhoudt, and Prof. Dr. Geert Savelsbergh who is a professor at the Movement Sciences department of the VU Amsterdam. “It teaches everyone as many different basic skills in sports, game forms, practice forms and activities as possible. This will lead to better performance, fewer injuries, more creativity and more pleasure in sports and exercise. It is suitable for people who actively want to work out but also for people who simply want to remain healthy,” Fiolet explains.

RSI has agreed that it will roll out a practical and science-based talent development model for top-level sport, recreational sport and unorganized sport. “While the ASM is a universal model, the knowledge we gain at ESPI will help us to adapt the concept to different needs in other countries.”

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