Sport, travelling and heavenly nature Located in an area renowned for its beautiful forests and stunning beaches, Idrætshøjskolen in Sønderborg (IHS) is the ideal folk high school for anyone looking for exhilarating experiences in blissful surroundings. The school programme, which includes several study tours abroad and a diverse range of sports, such as kite surfing, adventure racing and beach volley, attracts young athletes eager to explore their sports and the world. By Signe Hansen | Photos: Idrætshøjskolen in Sønderborg
Situated on approximately 13 hectares of beautiful parkland on the Sønderborg Bay, IHS is just a short walk from the beach where the school’s many aquatic activities such as surfing, sailing and kayaking take place. Sønderskoven, a large forest where students can take 72 | Issue 94 | November 2016
part in cross training, triathlon training and running, is also just one kilometre away. “Close to the sea, the forest and the town of Sønderborg, IHS is probably Denmark’s most beautifully located folk high school,” says school principal Michael Willemar.
But it is not just the school’s fortunate location that attracts students from all over Denmark. Founded as a traditional folk high school in 1952, IHS is built on strong values and ambitions. The school aims not only to develop and further students’ skills within their chosen sport but also, through the sport and the school’s strong sense of community, to allow the individual student to grow and develop as a person. Teamwork, friendship and personal development have been at the heart of the school since the beginning. “Sports are used as a platform for personal growth and professional development as well as an aid in developing your