PROJECTS / DOCUMENTS

On September 12-14, 2019 the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) hosted in Rome the 4th meeting of the EMPATIA project, co-funded by the European Union’s Erasmus Sport programme and coordinated by the University of Ljubljana.

To structure of the on-line dual career parenting educational programme in light of the evidence and eminence findings on dual career parents, Matteo Bovis (CONI, ITA), Antonio Tessitore and Masar Gjaka (University of Rome Foro Italico, ITA), Anne Templet, Jean-Luc Patoret (INSEP, FRA), Ciaran MacDonncha, Gary Ryan, and Giles Warrington (University of Limerick, IRE), Carlos Goncalves (University of Coimbra, POR), Ana Rolo and Rute Costa (Ginásio Clube Figueirense, POR) Laura Capranica (EAS, MLT), Andrej Pisl (EUSA Institute, SLO), and Mojca Doupona and Kinga Varga (University of Ljubljana, SLO) engaged in a fruitful discussion.

The EMPATIA project, will last till December 2020 and Laura Capranica will present its progress at the 2019 EAS Conference to be held in Falun, Sweden, on September 18-20, 2019.

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.

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.

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.

Find the results in the Final ICDC Guidebook.

 

On April 23-25 the National Institute of Sport, Expertise, and Performance (INSEP) hosted in its wonderful high performance center in Paris, France, the third transnational meeting of the European project Education Model for Parents of AThletes IAcademics (EMPATIA).

Coordinated by the University of Ljubljana (SLO), the Partners (European Athlete as Student – EAS – Network, MLT; European University Sports Association – EUSA – Institute, SLO; Ginásio Clube Figueirense, POR; INSEP, FRA; Italian National Olympic Committee, CONI, ITA; Sport Ireland Institute, IRL; University of Coimbra, POR; University of Limerick IRL; University of Rome Foro Italico, ITA) discussed the activities of the EMPATIA project and analysed the contributions of the 483 French, Irish, Italian, Portuguese and Slovenian parents who participated in the concept mapping on the educational needs of dual career parenting. 

 

Based on the parents’ views, the EMPATIA Team is developing and online educational programme for parents supporting athletes as studentsMore information on the project are available at the EMPATIA website www.empatiasport.eu or follow the project on

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Bengt Nybelius, together with Risto Keskitalo, the founder of the European Athlete as Student Network (EAS), was a brilliant mind, who settled the objectives and the structure of the organisation in 2004.
He passed away in 2011, and EAS decided to establish a scholarship to carry on the legacy of his work. Therefore, we are happy to announce the Call for Paper of the “2019 Bengt Nybelius Scholarship”
Aims of the Bengt Nybelius Scholarship:
The aim of the Bengt Nybelius Scholarship is to facilitate the integration of outstanding scholars and young researchers in the area of dual career.
 
Eligibility to the Bengt Nybelius Scholarship
Regardless the nationality and country of residence, researchers under the age of 40 years could be eligible for the Bengt Nybelius Scholarship.
 
Requirements to apply to the 2019 Bengt Nybelius Scholarship
  • Applicants must submit as first author an original manuscript related to the scope of EAS.
  • Manuscripts must not contain information presented in other manuscripts published elsewhere.
  • The manuscript should be written in English, between 15 and 30 pages double-spaced in Arial font size 11, including title page, abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusions, acknowledgments (if applicable), references, tables, figures and legends, and statement of conflicts of interest.
  • Manuscripts must be accompanied by a cover letter, stating clearly why the work is considered suitable for the Bengt Nybelius Scholarship and explaining the importance of the study.
Selection of the 2019 Bengt Nybelius Scholarship Winner
The Board of EAS will consider the quality of submitted manuscripts and notify the winner by July 31, 2019. The winner has to summarize her/his work with a 15-minute oral presentation in English at the 2019 Annual EAS Conference in Falun, Sweden, September 18-20. EAS will arrange travel, accommodation, and registration of the Bengt Nybelius Scholarship winner.
 
Application to the 2019 Bengt Nybelius Scholarship
To be considered for the 2019 Bengt Nybelius Scholarship applicants before July 1th, 2019 (midnight CET) must submit by e-mail to info@dualcareer.eu, including:
• A copy of the manuscript (PDF)
• An abstract, 1 page, about 2400 characters
• Curriculum vitae and list of publications (if there are others)
 
Requests of further information, if needed, could be addressed to info@dualcareer.eu.
We are looking forward to receiving your application!
The Board of EAS

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:

  • Recommendations for the implementation of the EU Guidelines on Dual Career of Athletes and Strategy of raising awareness through media;
  • An educational platform to produce a powerful knowledge-exchange and resources enhancing the European sports community to strengthen dual career policies in Europe;
  • The development and implementation of an online educational program (using online platform) for athletes, sport organizations;

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 January 31 and February 1, 2019. The EU-funded Dual Career for Women Athletes (DONA) projectkicked off in Istres, France. DONA aims to empower women’s volleyball players by investigating, developing and testing a dual career methodology at club level.
 
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), the De SportMaatschappij Foundation (Netherlands), the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), and the European Athlete as Student (EAS) Dual Career Network (Malta).
To cover the several important development stages that encompass relevant changes at academic, athletic, psychological, social and professional levels, DONAtargets arounf 250 female volleyball athletes between 12-20 years old. Upon the development of a dual career methodology, a Dual Career Club Management (DCCM) unit will support and help the players throughout a 3-semester pilot programme, whereas the volleyball clubs will create an optimal DC environment in cooperation with educational institutions.
 
The ultimate goals of DONA are aimed to:
 
· decrease female athletes’ dropout from sport clubs;
· prepare athletes from an early age for the different transition periods ahead with developing the needed skills and competences;
· increase the number of professional and elite female volleyball players by retaining talents at clubs and supporting their DC development;
· make young athletes and their families aware that it is possible to aim for both educational and sports career;
· help them finding the right balance between sports and education with providing them the needed support services;
· prepare these athletes for their upcoming challenge to be successful in the change from elite sport to labour market – for the “career after the career”.
Mojca Doupona (EAS Treasurer, University of Ljubljana) and Joerg Foerster (EAS Secretary, German University Sport Federation-adh) represent EAS in the project.

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.