The European Union (EU) considers the “dual career” (i.e., the comination of sport and academic commitments) of elite athletes as a priority and recommends Member States to respond to the needs of this population (http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2016/573416/IPOL_STU(2016)573416_EN.pdf).
However, only a limited number of Universities, National Sports Federations, and Sports Associations adopted appropriate measures in line with the European guidelines (http://www.scuoladellosport.coni.it/images/sds/Linee_Guida_EU_Doppia_Carriera.pdf) and the minimum quality requirements for dual career services (http://www.sportknowhowxl.nl/files/2016/DualCareer.pdf).
To facilitate the recognition of student-athletes, to improve knowledge and to disseminate good practices of dual career, in 2004 the European Athlete as Student (EAS, http://www.dualcareer.eu) network has been established and currently acts as a stakeholder of the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of Europe (http://www.kinsi.si/clanki.php?id=284).
In particular, EAS intends to develop European projects and disseminate scientific research on dual careers (http://www.kinsi.si/clanki.php?id=286) by encouraging the participation of its Members in partnerships within the Erasmus + Sport program (http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/calls/eac-a03-2016-sport-2017_en ) and the Bengt Nybelius scholarship for researchers under the age of 40 (EAS_C4P_Bengt-Nybelius-Scholarship), respectively.
To pursue its aims, EAS organizes an annual conference to:
Institutions who are challenged by the Dual Career of their pupils/students are invited to be a member of EAS to foster the process of dual career in Europe. Furthermore, EAS would be pleased if that invitation could be forward /shared to other stakeholders (e.g., Universities, High Schools, National Sports Federations, Sports Associations) in countries of those recognizing it.
The membership to the EAS is institutional, requests an annual membership fee of just € 150 and can be posted on the EAS website: http://www.dualcareer.eu/membership/.
We hereby like to invite interested experts and those who want to become experts to participate in the XIV Annual Conference of the EAS to be held in Aarhus, Denmark from September 12 to 14, 2017 during the Sport Summit 2017 organized by the University of Aarhus in collaboration with ENSE, SNE and ICCE (https://kongresk.eventsair.com/ense/registration/Site/Register).
In particular, we like to inform you, that registrations prior to July 01, 2017 will benefit from a early-bird discount. (prolonged from 15th June)
We do hope, that you will be proactive in implementing dual career of student-athletes in your countries, EAS will be available for further information and support.
On behalf of EAS, sincerely yours,
Laura Capranica (EAS President), Joerg Foerster (EAS Secretary General)
On June 7, 2017 EAS participated to the final meeting of the Erasmus + ESTPORT project held at UCAM University in Murcia, Spain.
The UCAM – ES coordinated the ESTport project aimed at developing an innovative tutorship for the dual career of student-sthletes, in partnership with the University of Malta – MT, The University of Thessaly – GR, The University of Rome Foro Italico – IT, The Trinity College of the Leeds University – UK, and the University Europa Community Ltd.
The President of the UCAM, Dr. Josè Luis Mendoza Prez, and the coordinator of the project, Dr. Antonio Sanchez Pato, opened the final event, which was attended by the Secretary of State for Sport Spanish Government, the President of the Spanish Olympic Committee and the Olympic athletes enrolled at UCAM.
In addition to the dissemination of the projects results, the event included also roundtables with the student-athletes on their real experiences, with the ESTport members on the future lines of work, with the European stakeholders on the future of dual career in Europe.
In particular, with Agata Dziarnowska – European Commission, Claudia Bokel – ADECCO, Rossana Ciuffetti – School of Sports of the Italian Olympic Committee, Miguel Torregrosa Alvarez – the University of Barcelona, and Sergio Lopez- Andujac – PROAD-CSD, the President of EAS, Laura Capranica, discussed the improvements of the dual career of student-athletes in the last decade, the life of a high performance athlete who wants to study at the university, the barriers to develop the dual-career political framework, and the dual career roadmap from different perspectives.
The project results are reported in the handbook “An Innovative European Sports Tutorship Model of the Dual Career of Student-Athletes”, Edited by Sánchez Pato A., Isidori E., Calderón A., and Brunton J.
On behalf of the Network, EAS President Prof. Dr. Capranica participated in the 10th EPAS Conference in Limassol, Cyprus. On that occasion she met with several representatives of international institutions like FISU and others.
The Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) of the Council of Europe organised its 10th anniversary conference on “Working together to build and consolidate democracy, tolerance and inclusion” in co-operation with Cyprus Sport Organisation on 11 May 2017 in Limassol, Cyprus.
Since its creation in 2007, EPAS has been promoting diversity in and through sport and provided a platform for intergovernmental sports co-operation between the public authorities of its member states. After ten years, it was time to take stock of the achievements of the EPAS diversity activities and to discuss its future strategic orientation. For this reason, high profile speakers discussed the relevance of values, such as diversity and inclusion through and in sport.
The programme featured direct presentations including the results of the EPAS diversity activities, a high-profile panel discussion and workshops on the future strategy of EPAS.
The Consultative Committee of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport under the Council of Europe expresses its concern over the sudden closure of the United Nations Office for Sport Development & Peace, which since the beginning of the century has played an important role as catalyst, adviser and advocate for a wide global group of stakeholders committed to strengthening the role of sport in society.
Given that this decision is very recent and very little information has been given to make a balanced assessment of its impact,
The EPAS CC considers nevertheless that this decision might send a problematic message, at a point in time where the awareness about the societal role of sport is growing in general, and where in particular the UN, several governments and numerous organisations from civil society is wishing to focus on how sport can contribute to achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
The members of the EPAS CC remain committed to the continuation of the work and initiatives developed by UNOSDP and encourage future policies to be defined through a wide collaborative effort among stakeholders in upholding and protecting the role of sport in society.
On behalf of the Consultative Committee, gathered in Limassol, Cyprus, 9 May 2017
Jens Sejer Andersen
Chair / International director, Play the Game
EAS Board meeting at INSEP / Paris to discuss the involvement of member institutions in actual projects, outcome and EU policy on that issue, link to EU Sport Unit and preparation of this years annual conference in Aarhus / Denmark.
In this year the city of Rovaniemi, region of Lapland and Lapland University of Applied Sciences got the great opportunity to host the 13th annual EAS Conference. Opening of the EAS 13th Annual Conference in Rovaniemi/ Finland was done by Mr. Niko Niemisalo, project manager and partner of the Organising Committee, Dr. Outi Hyry-Honka, Director of School of Social Services, Health and Sport, professor Kaarina Määttä, University of Lapland, Faculty of Education and Professor Laura Capranica, President of EAS. (more…)
The 12th EAS Conference was held at 24th and 25th September 2015 at the University of Applied Sciences of Amsterdam (HvA) / School of Sports & Nutrition. The headline for the conference “Dual Career as an educational challenge in the European environment of sports” pointed out the main focus of the EAS network since its beginning. (more…)
The 9th Annual EAS Conference ‘East meets West’ was successfully held from the 13th – 15th September in Riga hosted by University of Latvia. The programme below contains presentations from several of the attendees, including Bart Ooijen from the European Commission and Tibor Kosla, President of the EAS network. (more…)