Portuguese University Sport Federation (FADU Portugal)
The Portuguese University Sport Federation – FADU Portugal – is a multisport federation founded in March 2nd 1990, with Statute of Sports Public Utility, given by government, since 1995. It is a federation run by students, with the mission of organizing and promoting university sport in all its dimensions: sporting, educational and social.
It is member of the Olympic Committee of Portugal, Paralympic Committee of Portugal, Portuguese Sports Confederation and the National Youth Council. At international level FADU is also member of the world governing body FISU, since 1993 and was one of the founding members of EUSA in 1999.
FADU began its international participations at the 1991 Sheffield Universiade (Great Britain) and one year later it participated in the World University Handball Championships in Malaga (Spain). 1993 was a year of particular importance for FADU since it was officially recognized as a FISU member and took part in the Buffalo Universiade (USA). Since then, it has participated in every Summer Universiade. FADU has developed and grown into one of the largest national sport federations. At present, it is also responsible for national competitions in more than 45 sports involving over 9000 athletes and 500 teams, representing 106 clubs that compete annually for the 280 titles of National University Champion. It also supervises the National Finals stage and has organized and will organize a big number of international sporting events. Each year promote the Annual University Sports Gala.
FADU Portugal is the Most Active National University Sports Association in EUSA (European University Sports Association) since 2013.
In partnership with Portuguese higher education institutions and their student’s union, FADU organize: