February 2018

“Athletic migration: dual career and qualification in sports”

The project will deal with the question of how those athletes can successfully manage a dual career in academic education and competitive sports, whose competitive sports conditions include frequent changes of location or training in other places than their own home base, such as in water sports or winter sports.

On the one hand, the goal is to draw up recommendations for supporting structures, on the other hand, to convey the perspectives of the topic and at the same time solution approaches to the stakeholders from sports, politics and education. The biggest challenge is certainly that in the EU Member States completely different support systems work, as by previous EU projects such. “Dual Career Quality Framework”, already demonstrated.

The project is funded by the EU from the ERASMUS + in Sport for Collaborative Partnerships, runs for over 3 years until 2020 and under the direction of the University of Salzburg (AUT) as a “project lead”, includes the following partners:

• University Sport Service Hamburg (GER)
• Lapland University of Applied Sciences (FIN)
• University of Ljubljana (SLO)
• University of Cassino and Southern Lazio (ITA)
• European Athlete as Student Network (MLT)
• EAS – Athlete as Student Network (MLT)

Results from the AMID project and other EU projects with a focus on dual careers, are supposed to develop the next step in creating an European mindset of an athlete friendly supporting environment to full fill the needs of a DUAL CAREER.

The project website “www.amid-project.eu” will show the project progress from mid-March on.

The European Commission and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) organized at the 30th January  in Brussels the annual ERASMUS+ Sport Info Day to inform about Erasmus+ Sport and other EU funding opportunities. The meeting was followed by a project coordinators’ meeting of the in Jan/Feb 2018 starting projects.

EAS was represented by its President, Prof. Laura Capranica, the Treasurer, Prof. Mojca Doupona-Topic and the Secretary General, Joerg Foerster. EAS is beyond others involved in the EU funded projects EMPATIA and AMID which do have their take of right now and is as well involved in the development of applications for the next term of other projects focussing on “dual career”.

So the three EAS representatives took the chance to inform about the EAS network and get information about the slightly change within application, evaluation and financing rules and regulations of EU project funding.

A participating number of more than 500 representatives from sport and sport related institutions  from all over Europe proofed the increasing awareness and success of the program itself.

The Commissioner for EU Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Mr Tibor Navracsics, and the Head of Sport in the Executive Agency, Ms Ute Haller-Block, opened personally the meeting and pointed out the strong will of the Commission to support the development of sport structures and the awareness for sport and its benefit for the European societies in the member states.

For more information on ERASMUS+ in sport, please see https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/actions/sport

The University Isabel 1, seated in the city of Burgos (Spain), is looking for additional partners, to launch an ERASMUS+ collaborative partnership project focussing on education for Dual Career Mentors.

The project aims to develop a training programme for dual-career mentors, in order to qualify them to provide informed advice and support to athletes throughout their sport career, right from the start (from secondary education trough to higher education). General idea is, to create a programme which will offer comprehensive training, valid both for athletes (and mentors-to-be) with or without disabilities.

In addition to the University Isabel 1, three partner institutions from club sector from Greece, Italy and Portugal are already willing to participate.

University Isabel 1 by that reason is looking for additional partners active in sports, and sport education. Previous experience in EU or international projects is a strong asset. Partners must be from Erasmus + program countries.

See the project description with contact data. EN_Mentors for Dual Careers_Abstract