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On July 24, 2017, the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency has published the results for the call Erasmus+Sport-Call for proposals EAC/A03/2016.

The recent call focused the following priorities:
– Health-enhanching psysical activity and the European Week of Sport;
– Dual career & Volunteering;
– Combatting doping and match-fixing – Good governance;
– Social inclusion & Combatting violence, racism and discrimination;

Applications could have been submitted for Not-for-profit European sport events, Small Collaborative partnerships and Collaborative partnerships. 160 projects have been selected for funding; 66 Collaborative Partnerships, 84 Small Collaborative Partnerships and 10 Not-for-profit European sport events, and 2 additional have been placed on a reserve list.

EAS member institutions are partners or leading applicants of many of the 15 selected projects in the field  Collaborative partnerships – Group of priorities 2 (Dual career & Volunteering)

EAS itself is an official partner in a project focussing on athletes migration: “Dual Career and qualification in sports (AMID)” submitted by the PARIS-LODRON-UNIVERSITY SALZBURG, and Education Model for Parents of AThletes In Academics  (EMPATIA)” ABS Aarhus The EMPATIA project_correct submitted by the UNIVERSITY LJUBLJANA.

The success of that applications is based on the dedicated work of experts within the EAS network who are taking care on all aspects of athletes career development and implementation of the 2012 launched “EU Guidelines for Dual Career”.

Following the founding idea of Bengt Nybelius (SWE) and Risto Keskitalo (FIN), to build up an european wide network of institutions, which run certain programs for the “Dual Career” of athletes, the work done within the EAS network had been fundamental for the growing number of experts in the field of dual career, researches and scientific reviews and the continuously raised awareness of that issue within European Sport Policy.

The strong cooperation with the EU Sport Unit allowed EAS to be seen nowadays not just as a network of institutions than as well as a network of experts, who are willing to share their knowledge and expertise beyond each other and those institutions who are trying to develop their own strategy for dual career programs.

By that reason EAS like to emphasize researchers and experts to take part in the upcoming special issue of the journal Sport in Society (Guest Editors: Dr. Florian Kiuppis and Dr. Natalia Stambulova), titeled :“Transitions in Sport Life”.

Researchers in sport sciences are invited to send their contributions (8,000 words maximum) for a better understanding of transitions in sport, including dual career.

Further information is available at: http://www.tandfonline.com

On July 12-14, 2017 the President of EAS, Prof. Laura Capranica participated in the Estonian EU Presidency Council Conference “Role of Sport Coaches in Society: Adding Value to Peoplea’s Lives” held in the capital city Tallin. On that occasion Prof. Capranica took the chance to have exchange with Roy Hodgson about dual career in the soccer sports world.

For more information see here: (https://www.eu2017.ee/political-meetings/informal-meeting-eu-sport-directors-and-conference-role-sport-coaches-society).

The conference addressed different aspects of coaches’ role, position as well as responsibility with respect to athletes and society, including the importance of coaches’ education, their qualifications and recognition.

The conference videos are available at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYjm50upiwE4ieO8nyQ5Vgg

Conference ‘Role of sport coaches in society. Adding value to people’s lives’ (Tallin – EST, 13/07/2017 09:00 – 14/07/2017) under patronage of Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council (EYCS) alongside the EU presidency of Estonia.

The role of the coach in society is rapidly changing. Today, a coach is not merely viewed as teacher of proper technique but rather as a teacher of values and skills for life who is contributing significantly into society, by fostering personal growth as well as cohesion in society more broadly.

Live streaming can be followed at 14 July 2017 9.00 Eastern European summer time, 8.00 Central European summer time here:

https://www.eu2017.ee/political-meetings/informal-meeting-eu-sport-directors-and-conference-role-sport-coaches-society

EAS President Pro. Laura Capranica was invited to the 6th International Taekwondo Symposium (http://www.jiatr.org): June 29-30, 2017 in Muju (Republic of Korea)

In her keynote speech she highlighted the need of a coordinated international approach to enhance dual career opportunities for youth talented athletes.

Furthermore in consideration of the European sport diplomacy, she invited the international participants of third countries to join EAS to exchange information, share best practices and collaboration international projects on dual career.

Program for the Post Conference Day launched:

On Thursday, 14th September 2017 the “Dual Career Workshop” will take place at Ceres Park – 8000 Aarhus C.  The workshop will be organized in cooperation of EAS, ESAA and Elitegymnasier.dk.

Under the headline “How to develop a Dual Career Mindset in Youth Sport – Different approaches for Athletes, Coaches, Parents, Educators and Sports Clubs”, participants will discuss Dual Career Strategies in Youth Sport – with specific focus on different roles.

PROGRAM post-conference-day:

  • 8.15: (optional) Best Practice

Guided tour to training sessions at “the Aarhus model for Dual Career” Short presentation by different coaches.

  • 9:30 Networking time:
    Conference Registration, coffee/tea and refreshments
  • 10:00 PRESENTATIONS:
  1. Introduction and brief presentation:”The Aarhus Model for Dual Career”” (15 min)
  2. How to develop a DUAL CAREER MINDSET – Presentation by sport psychologist Jakob Freil (30 min)
  3. How to make important decisions on sports and education – presentation by local high performance Dual Career student and Dual Career Parent (30 min) Dual Career Strategies in professional Sports Clubs. (15 min)
  4. Dialogue in small groups focusing on ”Cultural Diversities” in developing a Dual Career Mindset. (60 min)
  5. Feedback and feed forward in plenum. (30 min)
  • 13:00: Lunch and Networking
  • 14:00: Concluding Remarks – and discussion on Dual Career strategies for the future.
  • 14.30 Time for reflection – spend an afternoon in The European Cultural Capital 2017 – Aarhus.

The Post-Conference-Day is a part of Sport- Summit 2017, and participation is included in Sport Summit fee. Fee for non-Sport Summit participants DKK. 500,- ( 65 euro )

Registration for Sport Summit 2017 at: Sport Summit 2017 – Post Conference Day – Invitatation
http://conferences.au.dk/ense-sportsummit2017/registration/

If you want to participate in the Post-Conference Day – without participating in the SPORT-Summit 2017 – please send an email to ok@esaa.dk before September 1st 2017.

Sport Summit 2017 – Post Conference Day – Invitatation

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:

  • inform EAS members on dual career best practices;
  • promote cooperation between institutions and stakeholders (e.g., professors, coaches, and students);
  • discuss key dual-career issues at local, national and European level;
  • disseminate information collected through EU funded projects.

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.

Handbook_Tutorship_Modell

Bengt Nybelius, the founder of the European Athlete as Student Network (EAS), was a brilliant mind, who settled the objectives and the structure of the organisation in 2004.

He passed away in 2011, and EAS decided to establish a scholarship to carry on the legacy of his work. Therefore, we are happy to announce the Call for Paper of the “2017 Bengt Nybelius Scholarship”

The aim of the Bengt Nybelius Scholarship is to facilitate the integration of outstanding scholars and young researchers in the area of dual career.

Please see the added paper: EAS_C4P_Bengt-Nybelius-Scholarship.

Requests of further information, if needed, could be addressed to info(a) dualcareer.eu

We are looking forward to receiving your application!
The Board of EAS

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.

RESOLUTION

The EPAS Consultative Committee adopted a resolution concerning the closure of UNOSDP based on the new cooperation with the IOC announced on the 5 may 2017.

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.