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Above: Parkour is one of the most popular courses at Gerlev. Bottom right: A group of students from Gerlev Sports Academy jumping on the Great Wall of China (Photo: Lars Mogensen).
Shape up and have fun with people from all over the world Just south of Slagelse on Zealand you will find Gerlev Sports Academy, a school for young people who wish to improve their fitness, develop and mature through challenge and experience while making new friends from all over the world. By Rikke Oberlin Flarup | Photos: Jo Kyrre
“Over the course of the semester, I realised that I was not only part of the particular class of students that I went to school with, but I had also become part of the greater Gerlev community, a much larger family united by the values and ideas so central to the Gerlev experience,” former student Blake Evitt explains in his article in the book published to mark the 75th anniversary of Gerlev Sports Academy this year. Evitt is a 26-year-old American and one of the many foreign students who choose to study at Gerlev Sports Academy every year. Evitt and many of his fellow students are already studying sports at universities in their home countries and have come to Gerlev to discover a different and untraditional sports pedagogy, to develop
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as both athletes and instructors and to shape up. At Gerlev, students have the opportunity to test themselves and be challenged in new ways. By eating, sleeping, laughing and crying together, they become part of each other’s lives and help create the energetic and positive atmosphere that characterises Gerlev Sports Academy. In recent years the academy has enjoyed having students from most of Europe and countries as far away as Brazil and China. A lot of them come for the autumn semester and as a result most of the teaching at Gerlev Sports Academy during this term is in English.
ditional European games dating back more than 400 years. A wide selection of these games can be tried by anyone – not only students at the academy – at the unique games centre Gerlev Play Park. Headmaster Finn Berggren is also behind the world’s first Parkour park intended for educational purposes. The Parkour park and Berggren’s love for movement in urban spaces have together contributed to making Parkour one of the most popular courses at Gerlev.
Above: Gerlev offers 11 different main sport subjects to choose from.
An innovative approach to sports Gerlev Sports Academy has developed an innovative teaching concept, called the Playful Approach, which is based on tra-
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