University Sports Center of Palermo


The University Sports Center of Palermo – CUS Palermo has a long and meaningful story full of sports activities, records, successes, events that took place during the years.

Cus Palermo is a sports association and consists of 35 employees: 20 administrative and 15 workers. In addition also it counts 10 project workers. A solid and reliable organizational structure which over the years has grown.

The CUS  started the day after World War II owing to the initiative of a group of University students. Founded in 1947, from the very beginning the CUS has always played a leading role in the spread and practice of sports both for the University and the city of Palermo.

Many are the activities played in the sports center: athletics (start-up center), volleyball – school volleyball, basketball – mini-school, water polo, swimming – swimming school, school rowing, handball, football 11, futsal, offshore sailing and tennis.

Many events have been organized by the CUS, and among them we remember the Windsurf University Championship that took place at the wonderful Coral Bay in Sferracavallo, near Palermo. This event, organized in 1988, saw the participation of students from all over the world. In 1996 the Center was awarded the Gold Star for sporting merit by the CONI.

In 1997 the CUS was the leading actor of the Summer World University Games, the greatest sports event ever to take place in Sicily.

The CUS has also achieved many great results thanks to athletes that, during the years, have competed under its colours and have won national, world and Olympic medals.

Over the years, the CUS has gained a very important  place among the most competitive sports association of Italy.

Why Cus Palermo in known in competitive sports?

  • One of the top 10 club of athletics in Italy
  • Italian champion in 1995 with the women’s team
  • 26 individual national titles 
  • 50 italian titles at youth level 
  • 38 athletes convened by the national Italian athletics
  • One for all: Salvatore Antibo, the best Italian middle-distance runner of all time, who still holds the Italian record in the 5.000 and 10.000 meters.
  • One for women: Simona La Mantia has won medals in Europe
  • Sixth in the Italian championship for clubs 2016
  • With the 19th Universiade Cus Palermo finds a new home: the university sports center of Palermo, in via altofonte n.80
  • Naerly 4000 athletes from 124 different countries disputed contests in 10 sports.
  • The first and only edition to by held on a regional basis and not in a single city
  • Edition remembered as the one with more enthusiasm and participation of the local population.

The best sports Center in Palermo:

  • 33m swimming pool, palasport, athletics track, real grass football pitch, 4 futsal fields, 2 tennis fields, outside volley and basketball fields.
  • Every day 1000 people attend the sports center.
  • Home of 40 courses attended by people of all ages.
  • The only UEFA approved Center of Palermo, home of the trainings of football teams when the are international matches in the city.
  • The best athletics track in Sicily.When the Italian nation team of football plays in Palermo, the opposing team trains at Cus Palermo.
  • We hosted the national team of Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, Albania and international Clubs such as CSKA Moscow.
  • Also they are hosted Serie A football teams, including: Palermo, Napoli, Lazio, Chievo, Udinese, Atalanta.
  • Our Center has also been chosen by the Italian American-Football Federation to host the friendly match between Italy and Sweden.
  • In 2016 Jolanta Verseckaite, Lithuania icon athlete (triple and long jump), trained for several months at Cus Palermo.
  • European project: CENTRED BY SPORT, ESA PROGRAM, ESFA.