Vuokatti-Ruka Sports Academy - Studying and training

Vuokatti-Ruka Sports Academy offers an excellent possibility to combine sports and studying. Professional coaches and the flexible school system guarantee that our student athletes have the possibility to focus on studying as well as sports at the same time. Location in well-known sport and travelling centers Vuokatti and Ruka guarantees excellent facilities for training.

Our academy has a long history of educating professional athletes. Some of our most famous graduates are for example Olympic gold medalists Iivo Niskanen, Tapio Korjus, and Jaakko Tallus as well as World Champions Kari Härkönen and Kaisa Mäkäräinen. Other successful athletes and Olympic silver medalists who have graduated from our school are cross-country skiers Krista Pärmäkoski and Kerttu Niskanen as well as boarders Peetu Piiroinen and Enni Rukajärvi. Also double European champion swimmer Jenna Laukkanen was graduated from Sotkamo Sports High School.

Finnish baseball is also very well represented in our sports academy. Some of Finland’s top baseball players have graduated from our school, for example Antti Hartikainen, Jani Komulainen, Roope Korhonen, Marjukka Urpelainen, Tiina Tolonen and Kaisa Salmela to name a few.

Vuokatti-Ruka Sports Academy focuses mainly on Finnish baseball and winter sports: cross-country skiing, snowboarding, alpine skiing, biathlon, freestyle skiing, ski jumping/ Nordic combined. Academy also offers coaching in ice hockey, football, swimming, volley ball and floorball. Eleven schools in Sotkamo, Kuusamo and Kajaani offer flexible school systems from junior high school to polytechnic and university for combining studying and training.

Vuokatti-Ruka Sports Academy provides young athletes with good skills in both education and life. The disciplined lifestyle of an athlete guides our students early on to independence, which is one of our main focuses. In this we have succeeded well since our students continue to thrive in their studies and lives after graduation.

More information about sports education and studies in English:

Sotkamo Sports High School 
- International Baccalaureate Diploma Program 

Kajaani University of Applied Sciences
- Degree Programme in International Business
- Degree Programme in Sports and Leisure Management

University of Jyväskylä, Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences
- perspective: sports techonology
- “basic studies” for Finns only, PdD level also for international students

Contact information:

Janne Vuorinen
Director of Vuokatti-Ruka Sports Academy
GSM +358 45 130 3538

Vesa Mäkipää
Sports Coordinator
GSM +358 45 113 3008

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