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GenDx supports ‘Mens Sana in Corpore Sano’: all employees get access to the facilities of Sportcentrum Olympos.

Sportcentrum Olympos and GenDx have signed an agreement, which implies that all GenDx employees are granted access to the sport facilities of Olympos. The costs of the so called all-in sports card ‘OlymPas’ for one year will fully be borne by GenDx. The agreement fits in the mission of Olympos to stimulate healthier life at Utrecht Science Park (USP). Several agreements with other organizations at the USP have already been set. This is the first agreement wherein the employer will pay for all associated costs.

 

 

Wietse Mulder, CEO at GenDx, commented: “We are happy that we have signed this agreement and can give all our employees access to the nice sport facilities of Olympos. It underlines one of our corporate values, which is supporting employees’ development and job satisfaction”.

 

Cees Verhoef, Managing Director at Olympos added: “We strive to have excellent sport facilities for students and employees of HU, Utrecht University, and other organization located at USP. We are convinced that regular exercise has a positive effect on both the joy and results of a working day. We notice that employees who schedule their working day including a moment of exercise that clears the mind, are more productive and energetic after. Also at the end of the day, if they leave a bit later, they’ll avoid the evening rush hour and once at home they’ll have more time for their family life. That provides a better life/work balance and less stress. We are looking forward to this collaboration with GenDx and we encourage other USP organizations to take such an initiative as well and above all we are looking forward to how the GenDx employees themselves will look at this initiative after a year!”.

 

One year all-in sports for free

Are you a staff member of GenDx and would you like to enjoy the wide range of activities the ‘OlymPas’ provides access to, for one whole year?
Your free annual OlymPas can only be ‘purchased’ at the Olympos Service Desk (i.e. not online) at any time during the year and is valid from the day of purchase. 
 

Are you new at Olympos?

We recommend that you register online in advance (and for free) on  www.olympos.nl/registration in order to save you time at the Service Desk. After registering online, visit the Service Desk at Olympos, in the entrance hall. Please bring a recent salary statement and valid ID to prove you are indeed employed with GenDx. You will receive your one-year OlymPas. Your picture will be taken to be printed on your OlymPas, which will also have a sticker showing the validity date. Once you have your own OlymPas you can immediately start being active!   
  

Sports programmes OlymPas

Please click here to view the full range of activities the OlymPas gives you access to.

 


Sportcentrum Olympos

Address Uppsalalaan 3, 3584 CT Utrecht

Telephone  (030) 253 4471

info@olympos.nl

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The Get Fit Cargo Bike programme: FREE lunch activities for staff based at Utrecht Science Park and inner city
 
It is healthy to get away from your PC and workplace at regular intervals. Afterwards, you will feel much fitter and energised.  Also, the adverse affects on your health of sitting down for long periods at a time is becoming increasingly more obvious, so taking active breaks is very important.  But above all it is fun!
 

Each Tuesday, 12:30 - 1:15 pm: YOGA at Olympos or in the Botanical gardens

Wind down during a busy day of work and enjoy the free yoga lessons! In summer (May-September), the lessons will be held in the beautiful Botanical Gardens . Registration is not necessary, you can just join us at the main entrance of the Botanical Gardens (Budapestlaan 17) each Tuesday at 12.30 PM. From October, the lessons will be in Olympos (Danszaal 2) We provide the yoga mats; you only have to take a towel, if you wish. The free yoga lessons are open to all levels and ‘no sweat’; as a result they can easily be fitted in to your work day (without the need for a shower). 
 
Free yoga in the inner city too! (at the old Hortus Botanicus)
As a result of the large interest in the free yoga lessons, we now also offer them to staff in the inner city at the wonderfully beautiful location of the Hortus Botanicus / Universiteitsmuseum (Lange Nieuwstraat 106). Dates: Thursday 10 October, 31 October, 21 November and 12 December 2019 (Time: 12:30-1 pm). 
 

Each Wednesday from 12.30-1.15 pm: BOOTCAMP at the outdoor bootcamp square

Each Wednesday, Olympos offers a free bootcamp practice for staff working at organisations based at the Utrecht Science Park. Want to join in? There is a professional instructor and participation is free! 
 
Together with the instructor, you can attune the intensity of the bootcamp to your current level of fitness.
 
The bootcamp starts at 12.30 pm at the outdoor Bootcamp square located at the Leuvenlaan, near the Educatorium at Utrecht Science Park. If you want, you can change and shower at Olympos for free. 
 

Each Thursday from 12.30-1.15 pm:  TAI CHI at Olympos or in the Botanical gardens

Come and join the Tai chi lesson in the Botanical Gardens or at Olympos! Charge up your batteries and have enough energy for the rest of the day. Everyone can take part in the lessons as the exercises are not very complicated. They consist of calm movements attuned to your breathin. You can wear your normal clothes. Weather permitting*,  you can just join us at the main entrance of the Botanical Gardens (Budapestlaan 17) each Thursday at 12.30 PM. From October, the lessons will be in Olympos (Danszaal 2)
 
*Want to be sure whether the activity will go ahead? Send an e-mail to info@actiefUSP.nl and we will keep you informed. Check also the Get Fit Cargo Bike Facebook page for further information about the schedule and updates.  
 

Utrecht Science Park Active

The Get Fit Cargo Bike activities are part of  Utrecht Science Park Active, which is Olympos’ activity programme for staff based at the Utrecht Science Park. More information? Check the 'Utrecht Science Park Active' website or contact Actief USP via e-mail.
  

OlymPas

In addition to these activities specially aimed at USP staff, you can also take part in the regular sports programmes at Olympos by purchasing an all-in OlymPas at a discount rate for students and staff. Read more about the rates and wide range of programmes available with the OlymPas.
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VAT exemption sports

As from 1 January 2019, many sport-related services that are being provided without a profit motive have been exempted from VAT. This is the result of new European legislation and also applies to the Dutch situation and, consequently, to Sportcentrum Olympos, which is managed by Utrecht Student Sports Foundation Mesa Cosa (hereinafter called Mesa Cosa).
 
It sounds quite promising: ‘exempted from VAT’. However, it is not. It means that sports organisations without a profit motive can no longer deduct the VAT charged over the costs of maintenance, water & energy, freelance instructors, sports equipment, cleaning services etc. and that Mesa Cosa will no longer get a tax return. As a result, sports organisations such as Mesa Cosa/ Olympos are faced with higher costs.  
 
Unfortunately, we are compelled to charge our athletes and lessees with part of these additional expenses. Our aim is to ensure that the increased rates do not render us more expensive for, in particular, students and employees than the ‘market rates’. The rate increase, however, does not cover the full increase in costs as a result resulting from the new VAT legislation. We are still working out further options to minimize its negative impact.  
 
Below please find an overview of the new rates and a number of frequently asked questions. 
 

What effect does this new legislation have on the OlymPas rates? 

Until 31 December 2018, the OlymPas rates included 6% VAT which, as from 1 January 2019, has been cancelled. An important part of our costs, however, will see a 21% increase. These rate changes have beengradually incorporated in the price of the OlymPass. 
 
The following rates will apply as from 1 August 2019: 
 
Rates OlymPas Per 01-08-2019
  Year Month
Category A €140 €17.50
Category B €270 €27
Category C €395 €39.50
Category X €355.50 €35.55

 

What about the current OlymPas?

Any current subscription will remain valid until its expiry date. The new rates will apply from and depend on the moment the OlymPas is being extended. 
 

Doesn’t the VAT rate go from 6 to 9%?

Indeed, the (lower) VAT rate on, for instance, food, the hairdresser’s etc and which used to apply to sports too has been increased from 6 to 9%. The same applies to commercial suppliers (including fitness centres) but not to non-commercial sports providers (e.g. sports clubs and foundations such as Mesa Cosa) as these are ‘exempted from VAT’. 
 

What about the ambition to encourage participation in sports?

This still is the aim of both the EU and the Dutch government. In effect, however, we have always been able to use the Dutch VAT legislation to our advantage and this benefit has now been taken away from us.  The same applies the municipalities and other university sports centres. Internationally and with regard to commercial providers as opposed to public providers (such as sports organisations and Mesa Cosa), the situation really is fairer now but, unfortunately, this does not work out beneficially for us nor our athletes.  
 

Are there no subsidies available to remedy the negative effects? 

We do indeed have subsidies that can be used towards the purchase of sports equipment or the renovation of our courts and pitches. This budget, however, is limited and not structural (max. of 4 years). We expect that we will be able to acquire some additional subsidies in the first year, but eventually we will have to do without such subsidies. Moreover, the subsidies do not cover the ongoing expenses for, for instance, instructors, cleaning services, gas, water, light and regular maintenance.
 

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