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“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

 

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:

  • Foro Italico University of Rome (ITA),
  • University of Limerick (IRL),
  • University of Coimbra (POR),
  • Italian National Olympic Committee – CONI (ITA),
  • Ginásio Clube Figueirense (POR),
  • Sport Ireland Institute (IRL),
  • National Institute of Sport, Expertise, and Performance – INSEP (FRA),
  • European Athlete as Student – EAS Network (MLT) and
  • EUSA Institute (SLO).

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.

Announcement of the upcoming elections @ the 2018 General Assembly in Coimbra

Dear Members,

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.

Election and Retirement of Committee Members:
  • Nominations for Committee Members, shall be received before the thirty first (3l st) January each year. Nominations will not be accepted from the floor during an Annual General Meeting. All nominations must be duly proposed and seconded and bear the written consent of the person nominated.
  • An application for nomination shall be in the form, from time to time prescribed by the Committee, and shall include the name, address, date of birth and occupation of the candidate, ID Number, and the signature of the Proposer and the Seconder.

The EAS statutes can be seen here: EAS_Statutes-signed_26Jul2016

The nomination requires a form that includes:
  1.  Name – Address – Date of birth – Occupation of the candidate.
  2. ID number and signatures from 2 proposers.
  3. The completed forms need to be sent to the Secretary General who enters the names in the Register of Candidates (joerg.foerster@uni-hamburg.de)
  4. The Secretary informs the nominated people in writing after the election whether they were elected or not.
  5. Those who are elected shall receive a copy of the Statutes and the Bye-laws.
  6. The election must be completed during the General Assembly.

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/

Kind regards

Joerg Foerster

Secretary General

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

In 2017 EAS had a challenging year, full of fruitful partnerships with the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Council of Europe, EUSA and FISU. Furthermore, EAS actively promoted worldwide the European dual career values and expanded with new International Members.

We are looking forward to new and exciting opportunities in 2018, being involved in two EU-funded projects: EMPATIA focused on a dual career educational programme for parents, and AMID focused on the migrating athletes.  Furthermore, EAS will be always available to provide support to other projects seeking for cooperation.

To discuss key issues on education for athletes, to disseminate information on best practices, to promote cooperation and research, and to renovate our commitment in EAS, all of you are invited to attend the 15th Annual Conference of EAS to be held at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, next September 12-14, 2018.

To strengthen our efforts in dual career, we invite universities, high schools, sport organizations, and policy makers to renew the EAS membership for 2018 through the link:  http://www.dualcareer.eu/membership/

The Executive Board of EAS wishes you a 2018 full of happiness, peace, and success in helping athletes pursuing their sport and academic careers. We also strongly encourage you to be proactive in the recruitment of new EAS members.

May the spirit of the season and of dual career be upon you and your family!

The Executive Board of 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:

Elite sports requires high volumes of training and competition during which the athlete is also actively involved in studying and/or working. Thus, the term “Dual Career” refers to the combination of sports and academic careers of elite athletes.

On behalf of FISU and the European Athlete as Student (EAS) network the expertise and knowledge in Dual Career of student athletes have been considered very valuable in assisting EAS and FISU to gather information on the challenges, opportunities, services, policies, programmes and initiatives facilitating the dual career of the participants in the 2017 Taipei Summer Universiade.

The time and effort in completing the on-line questionnaire would be greatly appreciated by the organizing researchers. The contribution will be anonymous and data collected will be presented as group findings in future print publications and on the FISU and EAS official websites.

In case of questions on any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact us at education@fisu.net.

The questionnaire can be found here.

 

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.