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AZS Poznan

The University Sports Association (AZS) in Poznań was established in 1919 by the students of the Poznań University (nowadays Adam Mickiewicz University) thus in 2020 we celebrate its 100th anniversary. Since 1919 AZS Poznań has been one of the strongest sports clubs in Poland. We can be proud for our 39 Olympians, numerous World and European Champions and especially the gold medalist of the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 – Szymon Ziółkowski (athletics – hammer throw).

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The Association in Poznań presently consists of two competitive sports clubs and about 25 AZS clubs affiliated to the universities and the colleges in the whole Wielkopolska Region. Altogether we count more than 5,000 students and university employees in our ranks. The most popular system of student competition is the University Championship of Wielkopolska held annually in about 61 sports disciplines.

We have vast experience in organizing international students competitions. We have already hosted the World University Championships (6 times – cross country, rowing [three times], futsal and canoe sprint), and the European Universities Championships (tenis – 2009, basketball – 2010, rowing – 2013, futsal – 2015, basketball – 2018).


The University Sports Association (AZS – Akademicki Zwiazek Sportowy) is the biggest sports students organisation in Poland, that exists from the beginning of the 20th century. The AZS as the association was established in 1909 in Krakow and from there spread to all academic centers across the country. Because of believing in universal values, the AZS has survived all political circumstances, that Poland witnessed in last one hundred years. That is why AZS history is so great and successful and the association is nowadays the biggest students organisation in Poland.

At present the AZS has more than 42 000 members, associated in more than 250 clubs, that trains in about 3 000 sections. We have many supporters thanks to our universal values, such as: love of sport, promotion of healthy and active lifestyle. For our members sport is not only about muscles and medals. In the first place it is a passion to achieve goals, that seem to be impossible.