Are you a sports lover? ESCP Turin Campus can be the place to be! ACES Europe, a non-profit association based in Brussels, has proclaimed Piedmont “European Region of Sport 2022”. This is a prestigious title awarded for the first time to an Italian region with this note: “Piedmont is a good example of sport for all as a driver for health, integration, education and respect.” 

When sporty people move to a new country, they should look into the range of possibilities offered by the city and campus to pursue their well-being through sport.

ESCP Business School encourages its students to work out and be involved in sports activities and clubs. The Turin Campus Student Experience Office works hard to promote sports and healthy living to students. 

Mens sana in corpore sano“, is a Latin saying, and they were right. Sports are a great way to reduce stress, exercise the mind and the body and have fun.

Physical exercise boosts brain power in several ways: it increases energy levels and can help improve memory, concentration and mood. 

Moving abroad for study reasons to a new place marks a new beginning in your life. It can generate both enthusiasm and concern for many reasons, including culture shock and a possible language barrier, academic demands and meeting new people. 

One of the best ways to begin life at ESCP is by attending the school’s events and participating in and practising sports.

Playing sports is an excellent way to stay healthy, take your mind off academic life, challenge yourself, improve your teamwork skills, make new friends and have fun. The truth is that you can achieve the latter two points even just by watching sports in the local area.

In Turin, ESCP Business School offers several sports events and we ensure our students have access to many indoor and outdoor sports facilities. 

The city has plenty of options, and if you love sports you can find eight good reasons to move to Turin.

1) Nitto ATP Finals

If your passion is the noblest of sports, as tennis is called, you cannot miss the Nitto ATP Finals, taking place in Turin in mid-November. It is the year-end climax of the ATP Tour season. The event is contested in a round-robin format, with the best four players and doubles teams reaching the knockout semi-finals stage. From 2021-2025, the tournament will be held at Turin’s Pala Alpitour Stadium, Italy’s largest indoor sporting arena (located right next to the ESCP Turin Campus!). The Turin 2022 ATP Finals will take place from 13 to 20 November.

2) Football lovers: Juventus vs Torino

Turin is bursting with “calcio” history, and football fans will love to immerse themselves in the city’s football culture thanks to its two iconic teams: Juventus and Torino Football Club. The two teams, both in the Serie A, give life to the so-called “Derby della Mole”, one of the most famous derbies of Italian football and the oldest still played.

Juve, or La Vecchia Signora (The Old Lady) as it is called by the locals, is one of the most successful and famous clubs around the globe, with around 300 million fans.

Il Toro, also called I Granata, is the oldest club in Turin. It won many league titles back in the early years of “calcio”. It is still among the most recognised clubs in Italy. 

You can’t miss the exciting experience of Juventus at the Allianz Stadium or the passion of the Torino Football Club Ultras at the Stadio Olimpico “Grande Torino” (just a 10 minutes walk from the campus).

3) Winter sports

Turin is surrounded by the Alps. From there you can easily reach many enchanting mountain destinations. The city is close to some of Piedmont’s most attractive ski resorts. It is well connected to the Via Lattea, the French-Italian ski area that includes the seven resorts of Val di Susa (Oulx, Sestriere, Cesana, Claviere, Sauze d’Oulx, Pragelato and San Sicario) and the French resort of Montgenèvre. Here you can find glacier slopes and off-piste skiing for experts, wide and gentle slopes for beginners, and cross-country skiing trails that run through landscapes of incomparable beauty. 

In addition to skiing and snowshoeing, more adventurous sports are available in Piedmont’s winter resorts, such as dogsledding, climbing icefalls, snowboarding, and heliskiing. 

The highlight of the winter season for students is the ESCP Ski Event in Sestriere, a 4-day event in the mountains that includes Sports, Fun and Networking.

4) Sports open day

At the beginning of the new academic year, the ESCP Turin Campus organises a Sports Open Day. The event is the perfect occasion for our students to meet their schoolmates and play sports in a charming location: the Po River banks.  

In 2022, ESCP students played beach volleyball, tennis, ping pong, foosball; practised pilates with Spazio Dance Heart, and rowed at Circolo Amici del Fiume. They competed in a beach volleyball and doubles teams’ tennis tournament. If you are in Turin next year, don’t miss the experience with the Dragon Boat: it is fantastic!

5) Rowing regatta

Every year, at the beginning of October, Turin hosts the Rowing Regatta: a classic in the city’s sports and university scene and one of Turin’s primary autumn student events. 

Since 2022, ESCP Business School has participated in the historic rowing challenge between the Politecnico di Torino and the Università degli Studi di Torino on the banks of the Po River. Inspired by the historic challenge between Cambridge and Oxford, the CUS Torino – Centro Universitario Sportivo (University Sports Centre) has organised the Rowing Regatta to promote sports and a sense of belonging to the university community. 

The regatta consists of two races, the women’s 4 pair and the men’s 8+, each divided into three heats. If you are a rowing champion, we want you on our team! 

If you’re not adept at rowing, you can enjoy the event as a fan, participating in the parade led by a Marching Band along Via Po and up to the Murazzi.

6) Sports facilities agreements

Turin offers plenty of options for people who want to practice sports. Thanks to exclusive agreements between ESCP and gyms, swimming pools, sports clubs and personal trainers, you can try different activities at an exceptional price.

A specific agreement between ESCP Turin Campus and CUS allows ESCP students access to many indoor and outdoor sports facilities, such as rugby and football fields, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, and golf and athletics fields.

7) Football team

Every year, the ESCP Turin Campus recruits players among its students to compete in the University tournament – organised by CUS Torino – with its own football team. The crew is made up of 14 students from different programmes and nationalities. The ESCP seven-a-side football team plays 3 tournaments: in October, January and May. ESCP Turin Campus provides athletes with football uniforms and manages their medical examinations.

8) 5km run/walk for a good cause

ESCP Turin Campus staff and students take part as a team in “Just The Woman I Am“, a 5km run/walk to raise funds for university cancer research. JTWIA takes place every year in conjunction with Women’s Day, in the first week of March. At the basis of this choice, there is the desire to link the event to crucial issues such as gender equality, promoting prevention and healthy lifestyles. 

ESCP Business School loves sports.