On March 29-30, 2018 the University of Trento (member of EAS) organized the Sport Forum of Italian Universities to promote university sport training, research, innovation and practice.
Rector Paolo Collini and Prof. Paolo Bouquet opened the event and prized the University of Trento athletes member of the dual career TOPSport programme, who represented Italy at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
Dr. Paolo Bertaccini (Office of Sports of the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers), Laura Capranica (President of EAS), dr. Marco Arpino e Daniela Drago (Italian Olympic Commitee, CONI), Andrea Altmann (Vice President of the European Network of Academic Sports Services, ENAS), Lorenzo Lentini (President of the Italian University Sport Center, CUSI) addressed the delegates of 25 Italian Universities on issues related to dual career of athletes, research and innovation in sports, and sport practice and services for university students.
During both plenary sessions and workshops, the participants had the opportunity to share projects and experiences related to university sports and to envisage concrete proposals for the development a common vision on sport practice at elite level and engagement in active lifestyles of students.
Specifically, the debate on dual career focused on the definition of elite athletes, the minimum requirements for access and permanence in dual career paths, the criteria for ECTS recognition of sport participation and achievements, and the university services to be provided to athletes and students.
Indeed, EAS recognizes Prof. Paolo Bouquet as one of the most proactive members of EAS in disseminating dual career at Italian level.
On March 22 and 23 the President Laura Capranica represented EAS at EU Sport Forum 2018 ‘Sport in Europe, investing for future generations,’ organized in Sofia by the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The event involved 380 policy makers and key sports stakeholders, in addition to a live webstreaming audience. The main focus was on the impact of the Olympic games, the role of sport in the development of cities and regions and in fighting climate changes, the promotion of European values through sport diplomacy, the advancement of gender equality in sports and the transfer of athletes, the innovation of technologies and e-sports, and the need of supporting healthy active lifestyles in light of the Euroberometer 472 findings. These topics were discussed during both plenary and parallel sessions, which ensured a female representation in support of the No Women No Panel Campaign.
The 2018 EU Sport Forum was opened by the EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Mr Tibor Navracsics, the Bulgarian Minister of Youth and Sports Mr. Krasen Kralev, the Mayor of Sofia Mrs. Yordanka Fandakova.
During the event, EAS has the opportunity to meet also with the European Commission’s Policy Officer Ms Agata Dziarnowska, the EUSA Secretary General Mr. Matjaz Pecovnik and the Communications and Projects Manager of the EUSA Institute Mr. Andrej Pizsl, partner in the dual career projects Education Model for Parents of AThletes In Academics (EMPATIA) and associated partner in Athletic Migration: Dual career and qualification in sports (AMID).
The Head of Sport Unit Mr. Yves Le Lostecque and the Deputy Director General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture Mr. Jens Nymand Christensen closed the 2018 EU Sport Forum, which emphasized the crucial role of sports in sharing European values.
Dear EAS Members and Friends, the EAS Executive Committee wishes you an Easter full of joy and peace! Easter is also an occasion to update you on the most recent EAS activities.
President Laura Capranica and Secretary General Joerg Foerster represented EAS in the kick off meeting of the EU-funded EMPATIA project (January 25-27; Rome, Italy). Coordinated by the University of Ljubljana and involving EAS, the University of Rome Foro Italico, the University of Limerick, the University of Coimbra, INSEP, EUSA, CONI, Sport Ireland Institute, and Ginasio Clube Figueirense, EMPATIA aims to structure an evidence-based e-learning multi-lingual educational programme specifically tailored for dual career parenting.
EAS was present at the EU SPORTinfoday (January 30, Brussels, Belgium), represented by President Laura Capranica, Secretary General Joerg Foerster, and Treasurer Mojca Doupona-Topic. The event provided useful information on funding opportunities in 2018 (more information is available at: http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/home/erasmus-plus/actions/sport_en) and allowed to envision projects. Therefore, at present EAS and several EAS members are finalizing Cooperative Partnerships applications on dual career to be submitted on April 5, 2018.
President Laura Capranica represented EAS at the kick off meeting of the EU-funded AMID project (February 6-10, 2018; Salzburg, Austria), which aims to facilitate the athletic and academic careers (e.g., dual career) of migrating athletes by envisioning DC mobility measures. The project is coordinated by the University of Salzburg, and involves EAS, the University Sport Service of Hamburg (represented by EAS Secretary General Joerg Foerster), the Lapland University of Applied Science, the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, and the University of Ljubljana.
Honorary President Tibor Kozsla attended the first meeting of the Expert Group Skills and Human Resources Development in Sport (XG HR) in the City of Bath, United Kingdom, on February 20 to 22, 2018. The main goal of the XG HR is to promote the development the European dimension of sport, including the implementation of dual career of athletes.
On February 26, President Laura Capranica illustrated the aims and activities of EAS at the Institute of Sports Sciences of the University of Taipei, which is the top research-based graduate program of Taiwan.
EAS has been invited to attend the 2018 EU Sport Forum “Sport in Europe, Investing for Future Generations” in Sofia, which welcomed around 350 relevant policy makers and stakeholders in the European sport. This event represents the main European platform for international relations and promotion of cooperation. Further information is available at:
On March 29-30 EAS has been invited at the University of Trento to present dual career issues and EAS activities at the Italian Forum ‘Sports and University in Italy and in Europe’.
Upcoming events: Invitations to relevant University Sports events include the Rectors’ Conference ‘Organization and Management Model of University Sport’ organized during the 2018 EUSA Games (Coimbra, Portugal; July 14-15, 2018) and the 2018 FISU Forum ‘Student Sport: Springboard for Innovative Leadership’ (Krasnoyarsk, Russian Federation; August 6-11, 2018), which represent relevant opportunities to highlight the relevance of combining academic and sport careers.
As Member of the Consultative Committee of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) EAS will participate in the Joint Meeting of the Governing Board and Consultative Committee of the Council of Europe to be held in Strasburg on May 14-15, 2018.
Finally, the 14th EAS Annual Conference will take place from 12th -14th of September 2018 in Coimbra, Portugal. The Conference will allow EAS members to share best practices, information on the recently EU-funded projects on Dual Career, and to attend the scientific presentation awarded the Bengt Nybelius Scholarship. Furthermore, the 2018 General Assembly will elect the EAS President and Executive Committee.
Surely, these achievements and recognitions of the EAS role in the development of the European dual career could not have been possible without the contribution of the Executive Committee and the Members of our Network.
I strongly encourage you to disseminate on the EAS website (www.dualcareer.eu) the activities carried out at local, regional and national levels and to be proactive in the recruitment of new EAS members, who could further contribute to the enhancement of European dual career.
Prof. Laura CAPRANICA,
“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
Between January 25 and 27, 2018, the EU-funded ERASMUS+ project EMPATIA, had its kickoff meeting in Rome at Foro Italico, University of Rome.
EMPATIA – Education Model for Parents of AThletes In Academics will run from January 2018 till December 2020. The focus is on information about the roles of parents and entourage of athletes during their dual careers, and aims to offer online education tools in several languages for that specific supporting group of stakeholders (e.G. European Guidelines of Dual Career)
For that project 10 partners, representing 6 european countries, from higher education sector, club sector, governing and sports bodies and two European networks decided to apply together. The project lead is taken by the University of Ljubljana (SLO), partners are:
Starting with outcomes of preliminary findings in the field, the kick-off meeting aimed to bring the partners and their individual approach on the project to a common mind, discussed the working packages and related timelines and the proposed deliverables of the project. A strong focus was on the dissemination strategies, which will be crucial for the success.
Feel invited to follow the project development via #empatiasport. Project website www.empatiasport.eu will be launched in February 2018.
hereby the Executive Committee likes to emphasize the member institutions to nominate candidates for the upcoming Executive Committee elections at the General Assembly of EAS in Coimbra / Portugal (12.-14. September 2018).
As mentioned in the General Assembly 2017 in Aarhus, the statutes point out the following rules for elections following the Maltese rules and regulations for Non Governmental Organizations with a legal seat in Malta.
The EAS statutes can be seen here: EAS_Statutes-signed_26Jul2016
The necessary form can be downloaded here: EAS_Nomination form for Excom Members.
If there is any question, do not hesitate to get in touch with the EC by sending an eMail to the EC members. Contact data can be found here: http://www.dualcareer.eu/about-eas/
On Wednesday the 20th of December the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences’ lectorate Elite Sports & Education hosts an international seminar under the headline: “How can sports clubs support a talents’s dual career?”
This seminar, will focus on the responsibility of the sport sector to contribute to the Dual Career of their sport talents. Experts from leading organizations explain how they support successful Dual Careers.
Two Erasmus+ projects (www.icdc.eu & www.h4dc.eu) show, that there are lots of opportunities. At this seminar the ‘Handball 4 Dual Career’ program will be launched. This program supports talents in achieving balance between sports, education and work.
Target group: Amongst others: staff of sports associations & sports clubs, policy officers elite sports / talent development, career counselors, researchers, elite sports / dual career advisors, etc.
International character: At the seminar the European best practices in dual career will be presented. A number of these organizations will be present during the seminar. For that reason the working language will be English. For the Spanish and French participants translators will be available.
For more information follow that link: Invitation for International Seminar on Dual Career on 20 dec 2017
The AtLETyC project team is working on a MOOC about entrepreneurship.
The AtLETyC project – www.atletyc.eu – aims at top-ranking athletes and their need to know about business. In this MOOC they learn the skills of entrepreneurship and they connect among themselves and with other people interested in the topic.
A MOOC is an open online course with information and tasks where you can attend without a login and where you have the possibility to connect with others but as well with the special target group of the AtLETyC project: 90 high profile athletes from different countries.
Biggest advantage of that kind of lessons, you can learn in this MOOC whenever you want.
If you want to join this special learning experience:
The annual EAS Conference and General Assembly 2017 had been successfully held as a part off the XIV ENSE Forum at the Sport Summit 2017 in Aarhus, which is the actual European Capital City of Culture.
Between September 12-14 about 240 participants from 22 countries visited the Sport Summit Aarhus 2017. The event was hosted by the University of Aarhus and Elite Sports Academy Aarhus (ESAA) on behalf of the European Network of Sport Education (ENSE) in collaboration with the European Athlete as Student (EAS) and several other partners.
The conference focused on 3 piles in the field of elite sport and education. Talent Development, Dual Career and Sport Education under the frame of European policies in conjunction to topics on health, inclusion and businesses, which were discussed in formal speeches and keynotes as well as academic presentations and athlete’s experience.
Several representatives of institutions within the EU joined the Sport Summit. EU Sport Unit was represented by Ms. Agata Dziarnowska, Ms Sara Rozman, EUSA Education and Development Manager represented the European University Sports Association at the conference. International University Sports Federation (FISU) was represented by Mr Kole Gjeloshaj.
The first conference day was held in the Aarhus Concert Hall, and opened by OC chair Dr. Jens Christensen, Prof. Laura Capranica (170912_opening speech Capranica), EAS President and ENSE President, Prof. Paolo Parisi, ENSE President. Three Keynotes presentations and table discussions of keynote speakers on talent development in sport, research and business started the conference.
After a little coffee break the Danish Minister for Culture, Ms Mette Bock took the stage to speak about the Danish approach on dual career, what was strongly appreciated by the audience. A Swedish colleague invited her to take the same position in Sweden. She was followed by several scientists and researchers, who presented data and thoughts on the main topics of the conference.
A reception at the City Hall concluded the opening day, and the Vice Major of Aarhus, Anne Nygaard, welcomed the guests from all over Europe.
On the second day of the conference took place in the Aarhus University. With about 45.000 students enrolled it is one of the leading Danish public university and offers a bride the research spectrum and significant international scientific awareness.
The day opened was opened with a lecture from keynote speaker Prof. Jean Côté from Quens University, who presented his study of modelisation for reaching elite sport, starting from the three elements “quality social dynamics”, “personal engagement in activities” and “appropriate settings to influence personal assets like competence, confidence, connection”, “character for outcomes focusing on performance”, “participation and personal development”. He was followed by parallel sessions on Talent Development, Dual Carer, Sport and Physical Education in Europe and the presentation of the SPEACH Project.
In the afternoon, again parallel sessions and keynote speakers form different areas of sport including Ms Sara Slott Petersen – local former ESAA educated athlete, silver medallist in Rio 2016 Olympics – and Ms Agata Dziarnowska – policy officer of the EU Sport Unit. Ms Slott Petersen pointed out the importance of following an academic career alongside the sportive career and that this was crucial for her life balance and the possibility to have other personal goals beside elite sport.
Ms Agata Dziarnowska from DG EAC Sport Unit focused on Dual Career issues within European policy and the framework for sport development in Europe.
EAS Treasurer Prof. Mojca Doupona Topic (University of Ljubljana, SLO), member of the FISU Education Committee working group member on Dual Career, took the floor to present the European project AtLETyC for providing lectures on entrepreneurship to student-athletes who are finishing their sport career and are about to integrate professional life.
The following presentations and debates focused on how to keep the talented persons combining sport and studies under the headline “do we lose some talents?”, to provide dropouts by circumstances based decision between both careers. Presenters and audience discussed the importance of leadership skills and interaction at the right level and in an appropriate manner between the different stakeholders (athletes, coaches, professors,..), pointed out different approaches on that between countries and the need of more scientific data in that field focussing on the educational part of the DUAL CAREER.
In the evening, the EAS General Assembly took place in the University of Aarhus. At first, the winner of this years Bengt Nybelius Award, Lukas Linnér, from University of Halmstad (SWE) was honored for his research paper on “Swedish university student-athletes’ dual career scenarios and competences“ (Abstract).
During the GA, EAS Secretary General, Mr Joerg Foerster presented the wide range of activities of the EAS board during the last 12 month and the improvement of EAS as a network of experts not only in Europe than as well for example in Asia. EAS President Prof. Capranica pointed out the involvement of EAS and its member institutions in several European projects on DUAL CAREER, and EAS Treasurer Prof. Doupona-Topic presented the actual financial data of the network which do have a continuous positive development in the last 4 years.
By the reason of a change of duties in INSEP, Veronique Leseur, former olympic medal winner in fencing and former head of dual career services in INSEP needs to step down from the position within the board. The Executive Committee proposed that Ms Laurence Blondel who took over Ms Leseur`s duties in INSEP, should take her position till next elections during the General Assembly at the 2018 EAS Conference in Coimbra, Portugal (12.-14.09.2018). The present members agreed on that proposal and thanked Ms Leseur for her great achievement on EAS in the last years.
GA was closed by the presentation of Prof. Antonio Figueiredo, EAS EC member and representative of the Faculty of Sport Science at the University of Coimbra, which is one of the oldest HEI in whole Europe and the outstanding views of City of Coimbra.
He on behalf of the Coimbra OC invited the members and partners to join the next years conference, which will follow the EUSA Games 2018 in a city which is dedicated in manifold ways to university life.
The “post conference day” was organized in cooperation of the Elite Sports Academy Aarhus (ESAA) and EAS workshop like and titled “How to develop a Dual Career Mindset in Youth Sport”. Practioners from primary, secondary and tertiary level of education, sport coaches and psychologists discussed after impact from best practices at the beginnig, like the H4DC project, the need for change in the certain approach of different stakeholders to a more holistic support of athletes within their most challenging phase of life.
Participants left the actual European Capital City of Culture with lots of new ideas and aspects on sport and dual career in Europe and EAS President Prof. Capranica closed the 14th annual EAS conference with thanks to the organizer and emphasized the audience to improve number of collaborative EU projects focussing on DUAL CAREER and the academic pathway to the future after the lifespan of elite sport.