9 October 2023 – Düsseldorf

How the LOCs work

To ensure that the planning and organisation of the FISU World University Games, which take place in the Rhine-Ruhr region in 2025, works effectively, the organising committee of the event is getting the local communities and partners in the respective cities on board at this very early stage. The Rhine-Ruhr 2025 team has taken the lead in establishing local organising committees ('LOCs') at five locations of the FISU Games - Bochum, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Essen and Mülheim an der Ruhr.

The LOCs, or Local Organizing Committees, are led by Niklas Börger, the CEO of Rhine-Ruhr 2025, along with a representative from the city administration chosen by the Lord Mayor.

The LOC leadership selects committee members, who are mainly representatives from the participating municipalities and community institutions. In the municipalities, the selection process is similar, with members from departments like sports or culture. All members are responsible for organizing and communicating the planning progress within their municipality and to local decision-makers. The LOCs also have the task of promoting the event.

"By setting up the LOCs in the cities, we aim to have a continuous exchange of information with all relevant decision-makers in the municipalities. This allows us to regularly discuss current topics together," says CEO Niklas Börger.

Niklas Börger, CEO Rhine-Ruhr 2025 ©D.SPORTS - Kenny Beele

Every three months, there is a meeting where municipal decision-makers are updated on the progress of Rhine-Ruhr 2025. The topics discussed include updates on the sports program, competition schedule, event planning, communication and marketing, hospitality, logistics, volunteer concept, and security. Other members like the police and sports federations are also involved to ensure effective collaboration.

"So far, we have had a great cooperation at the working level. We are excited to work together to create a memorable event that showcases the Rhine-Ruhr region in 2025 and brings long-term positive effects for everyone," says Ramea Möller, Team Lead Stakeholder Management at Rhine-Ruhr 2025.

More information about the LOCs in the five Host Cities and their members can be found here (in German).

During the press conference for the presentation of the logo on 20 April 2023, the representatives of Bochum, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Essen and Mülheim an der Ruhr shared their visions and plans for the FISU Games 2025.

Standing side by side for the host cities of the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games (from left to right): Sören Link (Lord Mayor of the City of Duisburg), Thomas Kufen (Lord Mayor of the City of Essen), Thomas Eiskirch (Lord Mayor of the City of Bochum), Martin Ammermann (Executive Director Sports Major Events, D.SPORTS Düsseldorf), David A. Lüngen (City Manager of the City of Mülheim an der Ruhr) ©D.SPORTS - Kenny Beele