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The partners from the transnational project EdMedia, including the EAS, met 2 ending august 2019 at the University of Ljubljana’s Faculty of Sport for a second meeting of the project. The meeting gave fruitful perspectives for the future.
Funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, EdMedia aims to positively change the attitude towards an athletes’ dual career in the media.
 
The action plan of the project includes conducting a comprehensive analysis of related scientific articles and examining how an athletes’ dual career image is formed by media, before analysing the gap between the current practices and the EU guidelines on dual career of athletes.
The project involves representation from eight partners spread across Europe. The project’s coordinators from Sports University Lithuania; University of Rome Foro Italico, Italy; Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Lași, Romania; The University of Valencia, Spain; Sport University Cologne, Germany, University of Ljubljana, Slovania; European University Sports Association (EUSA) and EAS.
On September 8-12, 2019 the 4th meeting of the AMID project was hosted at the Gaeta Aragonese Castle and at the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio.
 
Cristina Cortis, Loriana Castellani, and Alice Iannaccone (University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, ITA) and Andrea Fusco (CUS Cassino, ITA) welcomed Herbert Wagner and Philip Fuchs (University of Salzburg, AUT, Coordinator), Mojca Doupona and Marta Bon (University of Ljubljana, SLO), Niko Niemisalo, Heikki Hannola, and Hannele Keranen (Lapland University of Applied Sciences, FIN), Patrice Giron and Jacob Kunert (University Sport Service Hamburg, GER), and Laurence Blondel and Laura Capranica (EAS, MLT)
 
During the meeting the Project’s findings on dual career for migrating athletes have been discussed and future activities have been planned.
 
The AMID project, co-funded by the European Union’s Erasmus Sport programme, will last till December 2020 and Herbert Wagner will present its progress at the 2019 EAS Conference to be held in Falun, Sweden, on September 18-20, 2019.

In creating the www.icdc.eu pilot program not only scientific sources were consulted. Best practices in Dual Career have also been researched. To identify the best practices in Dual Career, work visits have been paid to Olympic Committees, elite sport centers, elite sport clubs, schools / universities and other institutes. At all these organisations key players (amongst others managers, coaches, Dual Career support providers, athletes, etc.) have been asked their opinion on effective Dual Career support in sport clubs.

The project “Innovative Clubs for Dual Careers” focuses on developing optimal conditions for Dual Career and improve the Dual Career awareness at sports clubs, good coordination regarding education and sports clubs, developing a Dual Career team with specialists and corresponding Dual Career support. These are the important pillars of the project and in the study we have focused on successful practical examples that focus on the aspects of these pillars. Given the fact that the Dual Career concept is not always firmly anchored in sports clubs, inspiration was deliberately sought in other domains and organizations as well. The starting point has always been that a working method or structure can easily be integrated into the practice of a sports club.

The 4-pillar scheme shows the pillars underlying this project and therefore also the study. Each pillar is further explained in a chapter in this guidebook. For each pillar, relevant scientific insights are discussed and the best practices that form the basis of the pilot programme and can inspire more sports clubs to professionalize their Dual Career policy are explained. Each building block in each pillar represents a paragraph of that chapter. Each chapter concludes with a best practice in which the most important elements of the pillar are highlighted in ‘In the spotlight’. These highlighted best pratices together form the Champions League for sports organisations in Dual Career!

On Jun 27-til 28 2019 the second international partner meeting took place in Murcia. This meeting was attended by representatives of the University of Latvia (Latvia), the project’s lead partner, while the consortium of partners consists of Alexandru Ioan Cuza University (Romania), Catolica San Antonio de Murcia University (Spain), Coimbra University (Portugal), University degli Studi G. d’Annunzio Chieti – Pescara (Italy) and The European Athlete as Student (Malta).

On behalf of EAS Laura Capranica (EAS President, University of Rome Foro Italico) and ExCom Member Ilvis Abelkalns (University of Latvia) participated.
To contribute to the development of a dual career culture in Europe, the project aims to collect and systematize policies and best practices to develop Dual Career Guidelines and Methodologies for higher education institutions (HEI).

At the meeting the activities in the previous stage of the project were was carried out. The group discussed the results of the focus groups and of the high-performance athletes, and analyzed the questionnaires. The project team got acquainted with the UCAM sports infrastructure.

The project will last for 2 years and is co-funded by the European Union’s Erasmus Sport program

We invite you to submit your abstract on dual career researches and findings to the EAS Conference.

  • Each presenting author may submit a maximum of one abstract in the capacity of main author.
  • The maximum length of the abstract must be 300 words (1 page): figures and tables are not accepted.
  • The abstract needs to be written in English using Times New Roman, font size 12, single spacing.
  • The title should be concise and describe the work to be reported. Do not use subtitles.
  • The author submitting the abstract should appear as the first named author and will be expected to present the work if it is accepted.
  • The abstract should explain the objectives of the study/project/practice, the methods and the results obtained, and the conclusions reached.
  • The organisers reserve the right to change the mode of paper presentation (as poster or oral) and to choose a suitable session for the abstract.
  • A blind review system will be used to evaluate the abstracts. Notice of acceptance will be e-mailed to the submitting authors.
  • Submitting authors must register as conference participants and must pay the registration fee.
  • Abstracts that have not been prepared according to these instructions will not be considered.
  • The deadline for abstract submission is August 1, 2019 (midnight CET); submit by e-mail to: mny(a)du.se
For more information check the events website.

Multiplier Sports Event “USI Championships” took place 25 May in Salzburg. About 200 participants enjoyed numerous disciplines (e.g. Beach Volleyball, Basketball, Football, Run2Hero parkour) and a evening celebration.

At the AMiD info point, AMiD was promoted and findings shared with athletes, students, and Dual Career interested people. We talked with with many people about Dual Careers, the AMiD project, disseminated information, activities, and results. We collected 65 signatures from participants supporting the AMiD project.

Since 5 February 2019, Serbia joined the Erasmus+ Programme as a Programme Country and it is fully ready to join 2019 Erasmus+ Collaborative Partnership proposals in dual career of athletes.

On May 20, 2019, at the City Hall or Nis, Serbia, the EAS role and activities in dual career have been presented to the City authorities (Marina Kostic, Assistant Mayor for the information and public relations; Goran Milosavljevic, Assistant Mayor for the economical development; Marija Ciric, representative of the The school administration of the Nisava Administrative District; Jelena Cvorovic, representative of the Regional business chamber for the sector of dual education; Vesna Stojanovic, representative of the local office of the Ministry of education, science and technological development) and representatives of the Faculty of Sport and Physical Education of the University of Nis (Mirsad Nurkic, PhD, Vice Dean for education; Nenad Stojiljkovic, PhD, Vice Dean for the science and international cooperation; Petar Mitic, PhD, assistant professor of Sports psychology; Nemanja Stankovic, PhD, assistant professor of Combat sports; and Mladen Zivkovic, PhD, assistant professor of Anthropomotoric).

During that meeting EAS President Prof. Capranica was able to disseminate the activities of EAS in the recent EU projects like AMID, EMPATIA, EU-Media, DONA and STARTING11. As a result of that, the University of Nis will apply for being a new member within the EAS network, as first serbian institution.

 

Prof. Laura Capranica and Prof. Antonio Figueiredo represented EAS as observers at the 4th meeting of the European Commission Expert Group “Skills and Human Resources Development in Sport” held in Lisbon, Portugal on May 15-16, 2019.

The agenda included three main issues: Dual career; Education of coaches; and Qualifications and skills in sport. At the National High Performance Center of Lisbon the dual career best practices in Portugal and the Portuguese FIFPro Soccer Players.

During the session on Education of coaches, the Guidelines regarding the basic requirements in skills and competences for coaches have been discussed. Then, the advancements on studies on Qualifications, skills, and employment in European sport as well as the best practices in the Czech Republic have been reported. Finally, information on the Portuguese Sport System was provided.

On May 7, 2019 the EAS President Laura Capranica participated to the Bureau of the EPAS Consultative Committee of the Council of Europe (Chair Jens Sejer Andersen, Play the Game; Carlos Cardoso, ENGSO; Paulina Tomczyk, EU Athletes; Annette Wachter, EGLSF; Michael Trinker, EPAS).

It was organized in Paris in preparation of the 13th meeting of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) Governing Board (joint meeting with the EPAS Consultative Committee) of the Council of Europeto be held in Strasbourg next June 5-6, 2019.

During the meeting, the aims and activities the EU-funded projects AMID, Ed-Media, EMPATIA, More Than Gold, SoS, Starting 11 have been disseminated.

On April 25-27, 2019 Grand INSEP hosted the EAS Executive Board in its outstanding facilities in Paris, France.

During the meeting the 2018 activity and financial reports of the Network have been approved, the advancements of the EuropeanCollaborative Partnerships AMID, EMPATIA, DONA, ED-MEDIA, MORE THAN GOLD, STARTING11, and SOS have been illustrated, and the activities in preparation to the EAS 2019 Conference in Falun, Sweden have been agreed.

A special thank goes to Laurence Blondel who also agreed to represent EAS in the AMID project.