On February 26-27, 2019, the coordinator Lithuanian Sports University(Lithuania) hosted in Kaunas the Partners of the EU-funfed ED-MEDIA project (University of Rome Foro Italico-Italy;the European University Sports Association “EUSA” Institute-Slovenia; the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași-Romania; the University of Valencia-Spain; the German Sport University Cologne-Germany; the University of Ljubljana-Slovenia; and the European Athlete as Student “EAS” Network).
The purpose of the project is to proactively act for changes in the attitude towards an athletes’ dual career by deliberately shaping a positive image of athletes as students, as well as encouraging sports organizations to pursue the implementation of the EU Guidelines on Dual Careers of Athletes.
To achieve its aim, the evidence-base and eminence-base knowledge on media coverage of dual careers athletes in the Partner Countries will be the basis for the development of:
Overall, ED-MEDIA intends to boost a qualitatively attitude towards athletes as students and to encourage stakeholders to contribute to the improvement of conditions for athletes at the individual (e.g., the athlete), organizational (e.g., sports organization), and policy levels.
EAS is represented by its ExCom Members Ole Keldorf (ESAA) and Antonio Figueiredo (University of Coimbra).
On February 10-11, 2019, the University of Latvia (coordinator) organized in Riga (Latvia) the kick-off meeting of the EU-funded project More Than Gold (MTG).
The project involves the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi (Romania), the Fundación Universitaria San Antonio (Spain), the University of Coimbra (Portugal), the University of Chieti-Pescara “Gabriele d’Annunzio” (Italy), and the European Athlete as Student network (Malta). Mojca Doupona Mojca Doupona (EAS Treasurer, University of Ljubljana) and Laura Capranica (EAS President, University of Rome Foro Italico) represent EAS in the project, which involves also the EAS ExCom Members Ivis Albertans (University of Latvia) and Antonio Figueiredo (University of Coimbra).
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), especially in countries where Dual Career policy is at early stage.
Thus, the MTG academic institutions from countries with partial (Italy) and limited (Latvia and Romania) dual career policies and services will profit from the experience of MTG universities of countries where dual career id well-established (Portugal and Spain). Furthermore, EAS will provide a broad European dual career experience.
On February 19-22, the Lapin AMK University of Lapland hosted the third transnational meeting of the EU-funded AMID project, which aims to promote and implement dual career, especially targeting athletes migrating for sport, academics or both.
The Head of International office of Lapland AMK welcomed the Coordinator (University of Salzburg – AUT) the Partners (University Sport Service Hamburg – GER; Lapland University of Applied Sciences – FIN, University of Ljubljana – SLO, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio – ITA, and EAS – MLT), and the students to be involved in discussions. The Partners have illustrated the recent activities and findings, future steps, schedule, and dissemination activities.
Mr. Juha Dahlström from the Finnish Olympic Committee participated in the meetings of the last two days, which also included a discussion on the opportunity to develop a skill-based educational curriculum for a full recognition of the informal education through sports.
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 February 12th 2019, the University Sport Centre of Padova (CUS Padova) hosted the Kick-off meeting of “Sport Opens School”, the project that aims to enhance the teaching of physical education in high schools, taking advantage of the positive role that sport can play as a tool for education and as a catalyst for positive universal values.
Funded by the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union, “Sport Opens School” is a two-year project which will involve four high schools called to act as “pilot”: “Newton – Pertini” Institute of Higher Education in Camposampiero (Italy), Budapest VI. Kerületi Kölcse y Ferenc Gimnázium (Hungary), Liceul cu Program Sportiv Bacau (Romania) and Instituto N.ª Sra da Encarnação – Cooperativa de Ensino, Benedita (Portugal).
The goal to be achieved is the creation of an innovative teaching module that physical education teachers will experiment in the pilot schools to increase the participation of teenagers in sport. The new teaching module will be based on three main pillars: health education; fair play education; and development of skills and abilities necessary for the personal fulfilment of young people and their future employability.
The quality of the new teaching program is guaranteed by a multidisciplinary team of trainers made of representatives of the European Athlete as Student network (EAS), the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI), the School Inspectorate of Bacău County (ISJ Bacau) and CUS Padova, as well as, by a participatory approach that will allow teachers of physical education and their students to be directly involved in all stages of implementation.
The Kick-off meeting in the University sport facilities involved Laura Capranica of the European Athlete as Student network (EAS); Marianna Pavan, Daniela Drago and Mario Massimo Ferrarese (CONI – Italy); Ana Maria Rotaru and Mihaela Frant (ISJ Bacau – Romania); José Vinagre (ECB – Portugal); Szilvia Ferenczi (KFG – Hungary); Annalisa Caicci (Newton-Pertini – Italy); Francesco Uguagliati, Marta Gravina, Riccardo Garavello, Laura Brazzarola, Carlo Frangioni (CUS Padova – Italy).
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).