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Kick-off-Meeting of EU funded “Dual Career” project. “STARTING 11” took place at Amsterdam University of Applied Science (AUAS) at 6./7. February.

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).

The new year 2019 started with a visit of EAS President, Prof. Laura Capranica, at EAS member institution INSEP in Paris (France).

In focus of the meeting had been, the new developed platform for elite French athletes called “PORTAIL DE SUIVI QUOTIDIEN DU SPORTIF“ (PSQS). That platform …

  • does have the possibility to increase data for individual profiles of the four (elite, senior, youth, retired) athlete categories
  • does have restricted areas for stakeholders like parents, teachers, coaches, medical doctors, etc.
  • allows medical and Socio-professional monitoring for athletes,
  • gives access to theNetwork Grand INSEP (other regional structures) and National Sport Federations (which can add data too)
  • support the dual career with information on Internat (internship/Boarding school) , scholarship (monitoring) and actualities
  • does have a special area for Ultramarins (athletes from french islands)
  • will reference for further information, if possible

By launching that platform, INSEP is aiming to systemize the different athletes service areas on one digital platform, for athletes and all related persons and institutions in the field of elite sport.

ANTI-DOPING is a serious aspect of Dual Career framework and so EAS is looking forward to the results of the GAME project, which probably can contribute to other researches and projects in the field of Dual Career.

The EU funded project GAME took place in Kaunas for its second project meeting on 22 and 23 November 2018.

The GAME project addresses the need to advance anti-doping education for competitive and recreational athletes. Recently, several anti-doping educational campaigns have been developed to tackle doping use in competitive and recreational sports. Project GAME recognizes the need to move forwards and transform the way anti-doping education is designed, delivered and evaluated. In this respect, Project GAME aims to utilize:

a. updated research from the social and behavioural sciences on doping use;
b. state-of-art learning pedagogies; and
c. cutting-edge serious gaming design and technology in order to deliver an innovative and impactful anti-doping educational intervention.
Project GAME contributes to the fight against doping in the following ways:
• It will provide a serious game that is expected to reach wider audiences than typical anti-doping education campaigns.
• It will utilise an innovative educational approach in teaching adolescents and young athletes.
• It will produce a report on evidence-based policy recommendations in order to improve existing policies against doping in amateur sport.

ENAS, which is a partner of EAS, will take a disseminating role in the GAME project and will explore what anti-doping measures are in place in Universities and Colleges around Europe in a professional as well as recreational context.

Source of information and pic: ENAS (https://www.enas-sport.net)

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Wishes Dalarna University

“Save the date” 18-20 September 2019 for the 16th EAS annual conference in Falun, Sweden!

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
 
the Executive Board of EAS likes to thank all of you for your commitment in helping athletes pursuing their sport and academic careers!
 
In 2018, EAS has been very productive in promoting a dual career culture in Europe and beyond. The fruitful partnerships and cooperation with the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Council of Europe, EUSA and FISU have been consolidated through the participation in relevant events at European (e.g, European Sport Forum, EU Expert Group “Skills and Human Resources Development in Sport”, “European High Level Round Table on Learning Mobility”, Bureau of the “Consultative Committee of EPAS – Council of Europe”, EUSA Rector’s Conference) and worldwide (FISU Forum “Student sport: Springboard for innovative leadership“ and IOC Forum “Olympism in Action”) levels.
 
The active dissemination of our European Dual Career network further attracted new international members willing to exchange dual career best practices between countries and institutions, also attending the 2018 EAS Conference held in Coimbra, Portugal.
 
To promote co-operation between institutions, in 2018 EAS has been involved in two EU-funded Collaborative Partnerships: EMPATIA, focused on a dual career educational programme for parents, and AMID focused on the migrating athletes.
 
Furthermore, EAS will be Partner of EU-funded Collaborative Partnerships starting in 2019 (i.e., DONA, aiming to investigate, develop and test a Dual Career methodology for enhancing women’s volleyball athletes; EDU MEDIA, aiming to strengthen positive dual career attitude through media channels; More than Gold, aiming to create Dual Career Guidelines for higher education institutions and to strengthen dual career policies especially in the countries where this policy is at early stage; Starting11, aiming to facilitate and professionalize the implementation of dual career services in EU Member States through the creation of a European Dual Career Toolkit; and SOS, aimed to create a sport school environment at high school level).
 
We invite you to save the date September 18th-20th, 2019 to participate in the 16th Annual Conference of EAS at the University of Dalarna, Falun, Sweden.
 
This event will gather delegates of sport and academic institutions to share best practices, advancements of collaborative projects, and research findings.
We also strongly encourage you to be proactive in the dissemination of the dual career culture and to recruit new EAS members by sharing the link: http://www.dualcareer.eu/membership/
 
The Executive Board of EAS wishes you and your family a 2019 full of peace and happiness.

The Catholic University of Valencia and University of Southeast Norway, like to welcome you to the city of Valencia and to the 3rd Edition of the “International Conference of Football: Training Methods and Social Issues”.

The conference aims to consolidate and to promote the exchange of experience and knowledge of football, in the interrelated fields of theory, teaching, training and research.

In this third edition of the conference you will meet and engage with professors, researchers and football professionals from several countries (Spain, Norway, Iceland, Brazil, Wales, Italy, Scotland, Portugal), experts in training and teaching football at different levels.

Please click on this link: https://www.ucv.es/ucvfootballvalencia19 and the Official Twitter Account https://twitter.com/UcvFootball , @UcvFootball  where you will find all the information about the Conference and the procedure for the abstract submission. You can also write us for more information: footballconference@ucv.es.

Looking forward to seeing you in Valencia from the 6th-8th of March 2019

Best regards,

Florentino Huertas, Frode Telseth & Rafael Ballester

Chairs of the Organizing Committee

footballconference@ucv.es

On December 7-8, 2018, the University of Ljubljana hosted the 9th Conference on Youth Sport, which is a biannual forum to discuss the most relevant challenges of the development of young athletes.

Professor Milan Zvan (Dean of the Faculty of Sport at the University of Ljubljana), welcomed the President of the Slovenian Olympic Committee Mr. Bogdan Gabrovec , the Chair of the EPAS Governing Board Mr Zoran Verovnik, the Members of EUSA Mr Matjaz Pecovnik, Ms Sara Rozman, Mr Andrej Pisl, the key note speakers  Prof. Jay Coakley (University of Colorado, USA), Prof. Antonio Tessitore (University of Rome Foro Italico, Italy), and Mr. Risto Keskitalo (Oulu Region Academy of Sports and founder of EAS, Finland). EAS was also represented by its President, Prof. Laura Capranica, and Treasurer, Prof. Mojca Doupona Topic.

 

From November 30-December 1 the EAS President Prof. Capranica and EAS Treasurer Prof. Doupona Topic disseminated the aims and activities of the Network at the Celebration of the University of Taipei (Taiwan).

 

“B-WISER: BE A WINNER IN ELITE SPORT AND EMPLOYMENT BEFORE AND AFTER ATHLETIC RETIREMENT”, 12th December 2018, Brussels
The final programme of the international conference on optimizing athletes’ employability is now available here.
 
Please note that registration is required. Registration is free and runs until December 1. Those coming by car will receive a parking voucher a few days before the conference. The project coordinators, Paul Wylleman, Koen De Brandt, Simon Defruyt & Sofie Smismans are looking forward to gather lots of experts in this field in Europe.

Athletes are one of the greatest parts of all society. They are driven. They are focused on their goals. The skillsets and characteristics common among successful athletes can also be found among the best employees. An athlete with a higher education is a valuable human resource and could achieve greater social and labour market success.

In most of the European countries Dual Career still is at the very early stage. Currently, professional sport and education are two different things.  Most different activities in Dual Career in the field of higher education are done by individuals in their own way. There is no actually ready recipe for HEI about the best way on how to support athletes for Dual Career.

At the same time, there are various activities implemented in HEI every day and would be a great support for athletes, such as Career center services, Mentoring program for young students (where mentors are experienced students), different activities helping young students to adapt in high school and others.

Project “More than gold” aims to develop:

– Guidelines for HEI on how to support Dual Career;

– Methodology material with collected best practices for supporting Dual Career from HEI side.

As the result of the project first of all will be developed Guidelines for HEI, which each partner organization can submit to Ministry responsible for education in the country (for example, Ministry of education and science) and afterward Ministry can recommend using Guidelines for all HEI in the country.

Second – HEI will have Methodology material on how to easily use already existing activities and services for Dual Career support.

Project coordinator is University of Latvia and partner consortium includesAlexandru Ioan Cuza University, Fundación Universitaria San Antonio, Universidade de Coimbra, D’Annunzio University of Chieti–Pescara) and The European Athlete as Student (EAS) network. The project will start at January 2019 and will last 24 months. Project is co-financed by the European Union, Erasmus+ Sport program.

Author: Anda Paegle