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In light of the current sport psychology research and knowledge on the athletes career discourse, Natalia B. Stambulova, Tatiana V. Ryba and Kristoffer Henriksen recently published on the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology the revised ISSP Position Stand on Career Development and Transition of Athletes published in 2009 (Stambulova, Alfermann, Statler, & Côté, 2009).
This scientific contribution presents a brief update on the evolution of the athlete career discourse and its current structure; describes the emerged trends in the research on the athlete career and the evolution of the career assistance; and offers ten postulates, which summarise major new developments and future challenges within the athlete career discourse in sport psychology.
The relevant contribution of European research fostered by the European Guidelines on Dual Career of Athletes and the European ERASMUS+Sport collaborative partnerships is highlighted.
The paper is open-access and available at https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1612197X.2020.1737836
On February 24, 2020 the meeting of the Consultative Committee Bureau of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) of the Council of Europe was held in Paris, France.
The members of the Consultative Committee Bureau (Mr Jens Sejer ANDERSEN, Chair of the EPAS Consultative Committee, International Director Danish Institute for Sport Studies PLAY THE GAME; Mr Michal BUCHEL, Vice-Chair of the EPAS Consultative Committee, Chief Executive Officer International SAMBO Federation – FIAS; Mr Carlos CARDOSO, President European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation – ENGSO; Ms Paulina TOMCZYK General Secretary EU Athletes; Ms Annette WACHTER, Co-President European Gay & Lesbian Sport Federation – EGLSF; Ms. Laura Capranica, President European Athlete Student – EAS; and Mr Michael TRINKER, EPAS Deputy Executive Secretary) discussed the revised Terms of References and the draft agenda of the plenary meeting of the Consultative Committee to be held on 9 June 2020 in Strasbourg, France, during which the elections of the new Bureau will take place.
Being one of the three statutory bodies of EPAS, the Consultative Committee aims to contribute to the implementation of its activities and the achievement of its objectives.
 
Reports of the Consultative Committee Plenary Meetings are available at https://www.coe.int/en/web/sport/meeting-reports-of-the-epas-consultative-committee

Luxembourg has been in the international media in the last few days mainly because of the switch to a free “public transport for everyone”. During the breaks of the three-day meeting of the ERASMUS + funded project STARTING 11, this sustainable decision was always an issue.

The main topic, however, was the further development and specification of the instruments for improving the situation of the dual career in the countries of the European Union.

In several workshops and small groups, the representatives of the seven partner institutions worked, among other things, in the areas of “advice in dual careers”, “framework conditions of dual careers” or “management of dual careers”.

It was exciting to see that the project partners, including the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) from England, met for the first time after Brexit, which will have no direct impact on the project. Because of a favorable transitional arrangement for the ERASMUS + program, it is possible that the very active partner from Great Britain can work as a full member until the end of the project.

That project unites leading European institutions in dual career research and practice, to create the very first European Dual Career Toolkit. The lead is taken by the Amsterdam University of Applied Science, Partners are:

– Athletes as Students Network (EAS – Malta)
– Creps Toulouse (CREPS – France)
– German University Sport Federation (adh – Germany)
– Sportlycee Luxembourg (SplL – Luxembourg)
– Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS – England)

Aim of the project is to develop tailored tools to the specific demand of dual career service providers in the EU member states. Using an integrated approach, STARTING 11 empowers key actors in sport, education and the labour market to provide high quality services to athletes in all stages of their sporting career, reaching from school level to the stage of retirement from sport.

EAS is represented in that project by Prof. Laura Capranica (Foro Italico) and Ole Keldorf (Eliteidraet Scole Aarhus – ESAA).

Call for papers: December 19, 2019. – Deadline: March 1, 2020. Publication: September or December 2020. – Editors: Antonio Sanchez Pato, Miquel Torregrosa and Elena Conde

Researchers have demonstrated the problems in the lives of elite athletes, who dedicate most of their time to training and competitions and have great difficulties in developing their academic career (Brackenridge, 2004; Conzelmann & Nagel, 2003). The adequate reconciliation of the sports career and academic life, allows the athlete to prepare an alternative working life outside the sports world as the withdrawal time approaches (Puig & Vilanova, 2006; Torregrosa et al., 2015; Wylleman et al., 2004).

The sporting withdrawal, as a common and inevitable moment for all elite athletes, occurs at an early age, when the person still has a large part of his life ahead of him, and the absence of a complementary training to the sport, prevents the use of capital sports obtained throughout his career (Puig and Vilanova, 2006).

The concept of dual career (CD) refers to the challenge of reconciling a sports career with studies or work, which is a source of concern for most elite athletes. For this reason, the European Union, in an effort to promote the development of sport in a socially responsible environment (EU Guidelines on the double career of athletes, 2012), considers the improvement of learning and education of athletes, through their university training with the objective of developing their skills and competences outside the world of sport (European Commission, 2007, 2012).

This special issue of Cultura, Ciencia y Deporte, aims to be a meeting point for research projects, the result of projects funded by the European Union with the Erasmus + Sport Program in recent years, which have aimed to promote the good governance in sport and support the implementation of the EU Guidelines in the dual career of athletes. More information here.

References

Brackenridge, C. (2004). Women and children first? Child abuse and child protection in sport. Sport in Society, 7(3), 322- 337.

Conzelmann, A., & Nagel, S. (2003). Professional careers of the German Olympic athletes. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 38(3), 259- 280.

Danish, S. J., Petitpas, A., & Hale, B. D. (1995). Psychological interventions: A life development model. Sport psychology interventions., 19-38.

De Brandt, K., Wylleman, P., Torregrossa, M., Schipper-Van Veldhoven, N., Minelli, D., Defruyt, S., & De Knop, P. (2018). Exploring the factor structure of the Dual Career Competency Questionnaire for Athletes in European pupil- and student-athletes. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 35(S1), 1–18. https://doi.org/10.1080/1612197X.2018.1511619

Defruyt, S., Wylleman, P., Torregrossa, M., Schipper-van Veldhoven, N., Debois, N., Cecić Erpič, S., & De Brandt, K. (2019). The development and initial validation of the dual career competency questionnaire for support providers (DCCQ-SP). International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 0(0), 1–18. https://doi.org/10.1080/1612197X.2019.1581827

European Commission (2007). White Paper on Sport. Brussels: Directorate General for Education and Culture.

European Commission (2012). EU guidelines on dual careers of athletes: Recommended policy actions in support of dual careers in high-performance sport. Retrieved from http://ec.europa.eu/sport/library/documents/dual-career-guidelines-final_en.pdf

Morris, R., Cartigny, E., Ryba, T. V., Wylleman, P., Henriksen, K., Torregrossa, M., Lindahl, K., & Cecic-Erpic, S. (2020). A Taxonomy of Dual Career Development Environments in Europe. European Sport Management Quarterly. doi: 10.1080/16184742.2020.1725778

Puig, N., & Vilanova, A. (2006). Deportistas olímpicos y estrategias de inserción laboral. Propuesta teórica, método y avance de resultados. Revista internacional de Sociología, 64(44), 63-83.

Sánchez- Pato, A., Calderón, A., Arias-Estero, J. L., García, J. A., Bada, J., Meroño, L., … & Mallia, O. (2016). Diseño y validación del cuestionario de percepción de los estudiantes universitarios-deportistas de alto nivel sobre la carrera dual (ESTPORT). Cultura, Ciencia y Deporte, 11(32), 127-147.

Sánchez, A., García, J. A., Rosique, P. (2018). Modelo de carrera dual para el deportista-estudiante. En A. Sánchez, E. Isidori, J. L. Arias-Estero, & Bada, J. D. (Coords.), Modelo de carrera dual universitario. El caso de los deportistas-estudiantes. Cendea de Cizur: Aranzadi.

Sánchez-Pato, A., Isidori, E., Calderón, A., & Brunton, J. (2017). An innovative European sports tutorship model of the dual career of student-athletes. Guadalupe: UCAM.

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Torregrosa, M., Ramis, Y., Pallarés, S., Azócar, F., & Selva, C. (2015). Olympic athletes back to retirement: A qualitative longitudinal study. Psychology of Sport and Exercise21, 50–56. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2015.03.003

Torregrossa, M., Regüela, S., & Mateos, M. (2020). Career assistance programs. In D. Hackfort & R. J. Schinke (Eds.), The Routledge international encyclopedia of sport and exercise psychology. London: Routledge.

Wylleman, P., Alfermann, D., & Lavallee, D. (2004). Career transitions in sport: European perspectives. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 5(1), 7- 20.

On February 6-7, 2020 Sport Ireland Institute hosted the meeting of the ERASMUS+Sport Collaborative Partnership EMPATIA at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus Abbotstown in Dublin, Ireland.
The EMPATIA team is coordinated by the University of Ljubljana (SLO), and involves the INSEP (FRA), the University of Rome Foro Italico and the Italian Olympic Committee (ITA), the University of Coimbra and the Ginásio Clube Figueirense (POR), the EUSA Institute (SLO), the University of Limerick and the Sport Ireland Institute (IRE), and the European Athlete as Student (EAS) Dual Career Network (MLT).
The aim of the meeting was to finalize the content of the EMPATIA educational programme on dual career parenting. The programme is based on the outcomes of the previous phases of the project, which provided a thorough evidence- and eminence-base knowledge on the educational needs of parents supporting their talented and elite progeny. These findings have been also submitted for publication in scientific journals to contribute to the development of a dual career culture in Europe.
The EMPATIA educational programme will be made available on the online platform developed by INSEP, with the aim to allow parents to be acquainted on the relevance and challenges of dual career parenting, as well as to provide useful tools and information. Furthermore, short videos of experts will present main aspects of dual career.
In the next months French, Irish, Italian, Portuguese and Slovenian parents will test the preliminary version of the online EMPATIA educational programme, which will be further implemented according to the provided feedbacks.

The EMPATIA project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union as a Sports Collaborative Partnership. Its aim is to promote and implement dual career, especially targeting parents and guardians of talented and elite athletes who have primary responsibilities in supporting the combination of sport and education careers of their progeny for a holistic development as future European citizens and employees.

For more information on EMPATIA and topic of dual career, please visit the official website, or follow the project on Facebook and Twitter under @EmpatiaSport.

On January 30, 2020 Laura Capranica, Ole Keldorf and Risto Keskitalo represented EAS at the 7th Erasmus+ Sport InfoDay organized by the European Commission and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), which was opened by Ms. Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth (https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus…/…/infoday-sports-2019_en).

The event aimed to provide information on the EU funding opportunities to the 550 attendants representing different organizations, institutions, and agencies, and to the attendants via webinar.

The EAS representatives had the opportunity to meet members of the European Commission and the Executive Agency, to discuss the next steps of the on going projects, and to envisage future cooperation on dual career.

The organizing committee of the 21st Miguel’s Race (the 10-km Miguel’s Race involving around 10,000 participants to commemorate the young Argentine poet and runner Miguel Benacio Sánchez killed in 1978 during the Argentine dictatorship of Jorge Rafael Videla) in cooperation with the Italian Federation of Athletics (FIDAL) and the Italian Union of Sport for All (UISP) on January 24-25, 2020 organized the conference “If the School Starts Running” in Rome, Italy.

The Italian Ministry of Youth and Sports (Vincenzo Spatafora) and the Vice Ministry of Education (Anna Ascani), the FIDAL President (Alfio Giomi), and the UISP President (Vincenza Manco), presented the vision of Italian policy makers on sport and education.

In addressing the audience on the relevance of sport for educating the responsibility, the EAS President, Laura Capranica, presented the main challenges, opportunities and activities in dual career, including the education of parents and of media in support of student-athletes.

In focus of the first day have been the recent working packages and their current status. Associació Esportiva Carles Vallbona (SPA) gave an update on the current project management status, followed by a presentation and discussion of the “pilot program” developed by De SportMaatschappij Foundation (NED).

EAS (MLT) presented the preparation for the selection & set-up of an “International Women DC Ambassador Network” and the next steps following, when the interviews based on the guidelines will be delivered by the involved clubs.

During a break, participants have had a guided tour through the “Dome” of the most successful Volleyball Club in Italy, Pannini Modena and met the former top player and actual coach of the German National Team, Andrea Giani.

 

After that, the clubs presented their activities related to the pilot program and their activities within the project itself.

University Ljubljana presented then the design of the monitoring and evaluation methodology, Partners’ role – Structure of partners providing data – Intellectual Output and the planned intellectual output.

The first day ended with a common panel discussion with the partners of the SCORES E+ project, which as well contributes to Dual Career development in Europe and focuses on employability and supporting services, and therefore the topic “Promote education in and through sport with special focus on skills development”.

DONA is based on the ERASMUS+ Collaborative Partnership program of EU. It is coordinated by the Associació Esportiva Carles Vallbona (Spain) and involves the Malta Volleyball Association (Malta), the Scuola di Pallavolo Anderlini Soc. Coop. Sociale SD (Italy), the Associação Aventura com Carisma – Leixoes Sport Club (Portugal), Istres Provence Volleyball (France), the De SportMaatschappij Foundation (Netherlands), the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), and the European Athlete as Student (EAS) Dual Career Network (Malta).

The University of Gothenburg is with over 47 500 students and 6 400 employees a large and inspiring place to work and study in Sweden. Strong research and study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world.

Currently, over 110 elite athletes from more than 20 different Olympic, non-Olympic and para-Olympic sports study at the University of Gothenburg. Athletes can choose any educational programme they wish to study on bachelor or master level.

 

Athlete students have access to a broad range of support services, including study and career advice, performance testing, medical support, thematic seminars and free access to the gym. Beyond providing dual career support for athlete students, the University of Gothenburg also offers higher academic education for sports coaches and teachers at elite sport schools; collaborates with sport clubs and federations to develop elite sport research and an attractive elite sport environment in the larger Gothenburg region.

The University of Gothenburg has since 2015 the status of one of the Swedish Sports Confederations’ National Sports Universities (in Swedish Riksidrottsuniversitet, RIU). To create a supportive dual career and elite sport environment, the University of Gothenburg collaborates closely with Chalmers University of Technology, the regional sport confederation (Västra Götalands Idrottsförbund), and the Swedish Sports Confederation (Riksidrottsförbund).

For further information:

Short promotion film on the University of Gothenburgs’ dual career scheme: https://play.gu.se/media/0_mes938hi

Project website: https://medarbetarportalen.gu.se/studieadministration/sah-grund-avancerad-niva/riu/

 

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

to help athletes pursuing their sport and academic careers, in 2019 EAS actively committed in a continuous exchange between institutions and experts working in the field of dual career across Europe.

The fruitful partnerships with the European Commission, the Council of Europe, EUSA and FISU have been consolidated through the participation in relevant events at European (e.g, the European Sport Forum, the meetings of the EU Expert Group “Skills and Human Resources Development in Sport”, the cluster meeting: “The role of sport in education: enhancing skills development and dual careers perspectives”, the meetings of the Bureau of the “Consultative Committee of EPAS – Council of Europe”), and established partnerships with countries beyond Europe (Bosnia, Taiwan)

The 2019 annual EAS Conference and General Assembly held in Falun, Sweden represented the dual career knowledge hub and a valuable opportunity to update our members on the best practices and on-going activities in dual career.

The contribution to a European dual career culture through Erasmus+ Cooperative Partnerships, EAS contributed to the activities of projects focused on migrating athletes (AMID), women athletes (DONA), a positive image of athletes as students (EDU MEDIA), dual career parents (EMPATIA), guidelines for higher education institutes (More than Gold), the role of sports in high school (SOS), and the development of a dual career toolkit (Starting 11).

Furthermore, through its website, EAS contributed to the dissemination of publications of dual career guidelines at national levels (Sweden), at sports clubs (ICDC), and dual career approach at national level (Italy). Finally, EAS co-authored with FISU the first international survey on dual career, and awarded the “Bengt Nybelius Scholarship” to a young Kosovar researcher at its annual conference.

In preparation for a gratifying dual career 2020, we invite you to take advantages of the call for European Collaborative Partnerships, and to share best practices, outcomes of collaborative projects, and research findings by participating in the 17th Annual Conference of EAS to be held at the University of Hamburg, Germany next September 17-19.

We strongly encourage you to be proactive in the dissemination of the dual career culture and to renew your 2020 EAS membership through the link http://www.dualcareer.eu/membership/.

The Executive Board of EAS wishes you and your family a year 2020 full of peace and happiness.

On behalf of the board

Prof. Laura Capranica, EAS President