NTNUI is the sports association of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and have energized the students of the university for more than 100 years. In contrast to many similar organizations outside of Norway, NTNUI is run solely by students. Today NTNUI has become Norway’s largest and most diverse sports association, with more than 12 000 members and an offer including more than 70 sports. “To activate as many as possible and to promote friendship through sports” – this was the organization’s ambition when established in 1910. NTNUI is today still pushing for a healthy student environment and for as low barriers for exercise as possible.
The sports are organized in NTNUI through its many groups, and several groups contribute with multiple sports – for example the Martial Arts group or Dance. In the groups NTNUI has obtained a high level of diversity. Traditional sports like football, cycling and sailing meet in NTNUI underwater rugby, quidditch and lacrosse. If we don’t have your sport, help us set it up!
NTNUI is not just a sports association with tons of good athletes. It could not have come far without its many volunteers who keep on working only to see the joy for sports spread to others. Many hundred students commit themselves administratively to keep the association running. All the groups have their own boards. Centrally, the main board and the administrative committees support the groups to the best of their ability. NTNUI’s members are its highest authority, their will expressed at the general assemblies convening every semester.
NTNUI (NTHI) was established on the 25th of October 1910, the same year as the institute opened its doors at Gløshaugen. In the very beginning, the association could only offer 10 different sports and consisted of 89 members. Throughout the years, not only the number of sports available has increased, the association has experienced much in its long journey through the last century. Members of NTNUI have pestered German soldiers stationed at Studenterhytta during the war and the pope has delivered a sermon at Idrettsbygget, students have on flippers run the Hu og Hei Run, an orienteering course of more than 30 km, and NTNUI has multiple times arranged UKA Rundt, a relay which in 2017 lasted 38 days. The association’s colorful cannot be told in short, and to read more of its first 100 years the book Ekte idrettsglede by Gaute Heyerdahl (in Norwegian) can be bought at the NTNUI office at Idrettsbygget.
We make Norwegian sports better!
Sports are social training. Sports maintain body and mind maintenance and are an important part of every person’s everyday life. In the years of high school, many students give up sports as a leisure activity, often due to little motivation to invest. NTNUI will show the students at NTNU that sports are not just training, but a social arena where one meets students with the joy of sports in common. NTNUI will strive to get as many students as possible into physical activity and promote friendship.
NTNUI is Norway’s largest sports association and is expected to serve as a role model for the rest of Norway. The association’s strong ties to both educational institution and student union place NTNUI in a particularly advantageous position. NTNUI will work actively to strengthen student sports in the rest of the country.
The sport groups organize the activity in the several sport brances in NTNUI, and this is the association’s most important function. The central administration of NTNUI shall assist the groups in the organizing. In the last years, the labor force has been to small to cope with the task of managing such a large club, and there has been a need to centralize NTNUI.
The purpose of the vision is to create greater belonging among the groups into one, “one NTNUI”. The association’s many leaders should feel that they have a network in the association. The administration is centrally expanded to facilitate the workload of the Executive Board and will be able to assist the groups to a greater extent. As a result, the Executive Board will be able to focus more on its own projects and further develop the association.
One NTNUI will be able to take a clearer position in Trondheim’s student environment and will be a more attractive organization for voluntary students. The groups will notice greater benefit from their association with NTNUI through synergies and stronger support in the administration.