The Southern Federal University has a whole division-the Academy of Physical Culture and Sport, which trains specialists in the field of sports: physical education teachers, coaches, methodologists.
The head of the Academy is Tatiana Stepanova, PhD, Associate Professor. In different years, legends of Soviet and Russian sports - Olympic champions, as well as champions of various levels-studied here: Lyudmila Kondratieva, Tatyana Gorbunova, Viktor Mond, Natalia Shaposhnikova, Lev Mukhin, Lyudmila Turishcheva, Tatyana Gorbunova, Yulia Fomenko and many others.
In addition, Southern Federal University is the general partner of the Taganrog handball club "Don Cossacks-SFedU", which was founded in 1986 and has been successfully competing in the Super League since 2010. The club has won the Russian championship more than once: the champion of Russia among the teams of the highest league (2005/2006, 2012/2013,2018/2019), the bronze medalist (2009/2010, 2014/2015). Multiple champion of the Rostov region.
There is also a national mini-football team at Southern Federal University, which traces its history back to December 2006, since the formation of the Southern Federal University itself. In 2009, the team became the silver medalist of the Rostov Region mini-football championship among universities. Further – more: football players of SFedU celebrated the championship of regional competitions in mini-football in 2010, 2012 and 2014. In the spring of 2014, the SFedU national team became the silver medalist of the SFD-NCFD mini-football championship.
It is impossible to ignore the fact that FC SFedU are three-time champions in beach soccer among the universities of the Rostov region. The team has been winning silver and bronze medals in the Rostov-on-Don mini-football championship among adult teams for several seasons. Significant achievements (including a debut at this level) should be considered for third place in competitions on mini-football in the second Festival of student activities among Federal University (Krasnoyarsk, 2012) and second place in the football tournament in the third Festival (G. Rostov-on-Don, 2013).
In November 2013, the national team of the Southern Federal University won the International Football Tournament "Crimean Autumn", which was attended by football players from Ukraine and Azerbaijan (Simferopol). Having won the Premier Group championship of the National Student Football League in the 2018/2019 season, the SFedU team qualified for the European Student Championship. It will take place in 2021. In the current 2019/2020 season, SFedU continues to fight for the medals of the student championship of Russia. After 6 rounds (the first half of the NSFL Premier Group championship), the team was placed in 3rd place.
The SFedU also oversees the Rostov-Don-SFedU basketball club. Rostov-Don Basketball Club was founded on February 16, 2006 in Rostov-on-Don. Since 2014, the club has signed an agreement with Southern Federal University and changed its name to Rostov-Don-SFedU (Rostov-Don-Southern Federal University). The team's mascot is the black Panther. The club plays in the Superliga-1 and has become a champion more than once. So, in the 2017-2018 Super League 1 regular season, the team takes first place, and at the end of the playoff games, it becomes the Super League champion for the second time in its history. In the 2018-2019 regular season, the team takes second place, and at the end of the playoff games, it becomes the Super League champion for the third time.
The team also makes its debut in the European Women's Basketball League (EWBL) and becomes the winner of the bronze medals of the tournament. The 2019-2020 season once again becomes a "golden" season for the Panthers - the team wins the Russian Super League championship for the third time in a row and for the fourth time in history.
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