In creating the www.icdc.eu pilot program not only scientific sources were consulted. Best practices in Dual Career have also been researched. To identify the best practices in Dual Career, work visits have been paid to Olympic Committees, elite sport centers, elite sport clubs, schools / universities and other institutes. At all these organisations key players (amongst others managers, coaches, Dual Career support providers, athletes, etc.) have been asked their opinion on effective Dual Career support in sport clubs.
The project “Innovative Clubs for Dual Careers” focuses on developing optimal conditions for Dual Career and improve the Dual Career awareness at sports clubs, good coordination regarding education and sports clubs, developing a Dual Career team with specialists and corresponding Dual Career support. These are the important pillars of the project and in the study we have focused on successful practical examples that focus on the aspects of these pillars. Given the fact that the Dual Career concept is not always firmly anchored in sports clubs, inspiration was deliberately sought in other domains and organizations as well. The starting point has always been that a working method or structure can easily be integrated into the practice of a sports club.
The 4-pillar scheme shows the pillars underlying this project and therefore also the study. Each pillar is further explained in a chapter in this guidebook. For each pillar, relevant scientific insights are discussed and the best practices that form the basis of the pilot programme and can inspire more sports clubs to professionalize their Dual Career policy are explained. Each building block in each pillar represents a paragraph of that chapter. Each chapter concludes with a best practice in which the most important elements of the pillar are highlighted in ‘In the spotlight’. These highlighted best pratices together form the Champions League for sports organisations in Dual Career!
On Jun 27-til 28 2019 the second international partner meeting took place in Murcia. This meeting was attended by representatives of the University of Latvia (Latvia), the project’s lead partner, while the consortium of partners consists of Alexandru Ioan Cuza University (Romania), Catolica San Antonio de Murcia University (Spain), Coimbra University (Portugal), University degli Studi G. d’Annunzio Chieti – Pescara (Italy) and The European Athlete as Student (Malta).
On behalf of EAS Laura Capranica (EAS President, University of Rome Foro Italico) and ExCom Member Ilvis Abelkalns (University of Latvia) participated.
To contribute to the development of a dual career culture in Europe, the project aims to collect and systematize policies and best practices to develop Dual Career Guidelines and Methodologies for higher education institutions (HEI).
At the meeting the activities in the previous stage of the project were was carried out. The group discussed the results of the focus groups and of the high-performance athletes, and analyzed the questionnaires. The project team got acquainted with the UCAM sports infrastructure.
The project will last for 2 years and is co-funded by the European Union’s Erasmus Sport program
Multiplier Sports Event “USI Championships” took place 25 May in Salzburg. About 200 participants enjoyed numerous disciplines (e.g. Beach Volleyball, Basketball, Football, Run2Hero parkour) and a evening celebration.
At the AMiD info point, AMiD was promoted and findings shared with athletes, students, and Dual Career interested people. We talked with with many people about Dual Careers, the AMiD project, disseminated information, activities, and results. We collected 65 signatures from participants supporting the AMiD project.
On May 7, 2019 the EAS President Laura Capranica participated to the Bureau of the EPAS Consultative Committee of the Council of Europe (Chair Jens Sejer Andersen, Play the Game; Carlos Cardoso, ENGSO; Paulina Tomczyk, EU Athletes; Annette Wachter, EGLSF; Michael Trinker, EPAS).
It was organized in Paris in preparation of the 13th meeting of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) Governing Board (joint meeting with the EPAS Consultative Committee) of the Council of Europeto be held in Strasbourg next June 5-6, 2019.
During the meeting, the aims and activities the EU-funded projects AMID, Ed-Media, EMPATIA, More Than Gold, SoS, Starting 11 have been disseminated.
In creating the www.icdc.eu pilot program not only scientific sources were consulted. Best practices in Dual Career have also been researched.
To identify the best practices in Dual Career, work visits have been paid to Olympic Committees, elite sport centers, elite sport clubs, schools / universities and other institutes.
At all these organisations key players (amongst others managers, coaches, Dual Career support providers, athletes, etc.) have been asked their opinion on effective Dual Career support in sport clubs.
Find the results in the Final ICDC Guidebook.
On April 23-25 the National Institute of Sport, Expertise, and Performance (INSEP) hosted in its wonderful high performance center in Paris, France, the third transnational meeting of the European project Education Model for Parents of AThletes In Academics (EMPATIA).
Coordinated by the University of Ljubljana (SLO), the Partners (European Athlete as Student – EAS – Network, MLT; European University Sports Association – EUSA – Institute, SLO; Ginásio Clube Figueirense, POR; INSEP, FRA; Italian National Olympic Committee, CONI, ITA; Sport Ireland Institute, IRL; University of Coimbra, POR; University of Limerick IRL; University of Rome Foro Italico, ITA) discussed the activities of the EMPATIA project and analysed the contributions of the 483 French, Irish, Italian, Portuguese and Slovenian parents who participated in the concept mapping on the educational needs of dual career parenting.
Based on the parents’ views, the EMPATIA Team is developing and online educational programme for parents supporting athletes as students. More information on the project are available at the EMPATIA website www.empatiasport.eu or follow the project on
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On February 26-27, 2019, the coordinator Lithuanian Sports University(Lithuania) hosted in Kaunas the Partners of the EU-funfed ED-MEDIA project (University of Rome Foro Italico-Italy;the European University Sports Association “EUSA” Institute-Slovenia; the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași-Romania; the University of Valencia-Spain; the German Sport University Cologne-Germany; the University of Ljubljana-Slovenia; and the European Athlete as Student “EAS” Network).
The purpose of the project is to proactively act for changes in the attitude towards an athletes’ dual career by deliberately shaping a positive image of athletes as students, as well as encouraging sports organizations to pursue the implementation of the EU Guidelines on Dual Careers of Athletes.
To achieve its aim, the evidence-base and eminence-base knowledge on media coverage of dual careers athletes in the Partner Countries will be the basis for the development of:
Overall, ED-MEDIA intends to boost a qualitatively attitude towards athletes as students and to encourage stakeholders to contribute to the improvement of conditions for athletes at the individual (e.g., the athlete), organizational (e.g., sports organization), and policy levels.
EAS is represented by its ExCom Members Ole Keldorf (ESAA) and Antonio Figueiredo (University of Coimbra).