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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.

EAS President Prof. Dr. Laura Capranica (University of Rome, ITA)together with EAS Treasurer Prof. Dr. Mojca Doupona Topic (University of Ljubljana (SLO) repesented the EAS Network on invitation of FISU Executive Committee during a session at the Universiade in Taipei.
Moderated by FISU Executive Member Dr. Verena Burk (University of Tübingen, GER), Prof. Capranica took the chance to point out the importance of the “Dual Career” of student athletes as the upcoming opinion Leader in the their societies and by that reason the importance of an “investment” in their education during the lifetime within elite sport.
Foto credit group pic: Fernando Parente
She as well mentioned the upcoming annual EAS Conference 2017 (12.-14. September 2017) included in the 2017 Sport Summit in Aarhus (DEN) and invited the ausdience to participate in that outstanding meeting this year in Aarhus, which will see lots of experts from all over Europe an will be followed by representatives of the EU Commission as well.
 
For more information about the program see her: http://conferences.au.dk/ense-sportsummit2017/programme/
We are looking forward to meet you in Aarhus, if you want to learn more about Dual Career in Europe nowadays, several successful initiatives and projects.
 

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.

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