KLU student helps win European Championship

KLU student and national hockey player Philip Schmid helped the German team win the 2020 European Indoor Hockey Championship. This marks the second championship win for KLU bachelor student Philip, the first student to ever receive a sports scholarship from the university.

“The atmosphere in the sports hall was fantastic. The fans practically carried us to the victory. We’re very happy about winning, especially at our home European Championship,” says Philip. After a three-day tournament in Berlin (January 17-19) the German team secured its 16th European Championship title on Sunday, with 3,500 spectators in attendance.

In a top-class final match against defending champion Austria, the team fell behind early on, but succeeded in turning the tide before the break, and ultimately won 6:3. This is the second European Championship title for Philip, who was also on the winning team in Prague in 2016. He scored a total of three goals in the tournament and demonstrated outstanding defensive performance.

Philip, 24, is both a national hockey player and KLU bachelor student. He is the first-ever recipient of a sports scholarship from KLU in cooperation with the Olympiastützpunkt Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein (OSP) and the Allgemeiner Deutscher Hochschulsportverband. KLU offers a scholarship program for German national team athletes and a discount program for Bundesliga athletes or the equivalent in various sports, as well as support with balancing their academic and sports commitments.

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