PROJECTS / DOCUMENTS

“Athletic migration: dual career and qualification in sports”

The project will deal with the question of how those athletes can successfully manage a dual career in academic education and competitive sports, whose competitive sports conditions include frequent changes of location or training in other places than their own home base, such as in water sports or winter sports.

On the one hand, the goal is to draw up recommendations for supporting structures, on the other hand, to convey the perspectives of the topic and at the same time solution approaches to the stakeholders from sports, politics and education. The biggest challenge is certainly that in the EU Member States completely different support systems work, as by previous EU projects such. “Dual Career Quality Framework”, already demonstrated.

The project is funded by the EU from the ERASMUS + in Sport for Collaborative Partnerships, runs for over 3 years until 2020 and under the direction of the University of Salzburg (AUT) as a “project lead”, includes the following partners:

• University Sport Service Hamburg (GER)
• Lapland University of Applied Sciences (FIN)
• University of Ljubljana (SLO)
• University of Cassino and Southern Lazio (ITA)
• European Athlete as Student Network (MLT)
• EAS – Athlete as Student Network (MLT)

Results from the AMID project and other EU projects with a focus on dual careers, are supposed to develop the next step in creating an European mindset of an athlete friendly supporting environment to full fill the needs of a DUAL CAREER.

The project website “www.amid-project.eu” will show the project progress from mid-March on.

The University Isabel 1, seated in the city of Burgos (Spain), is looking for additional partners, to launch an ERASMUS+ collaborative partnership project focussing on education for Dual Career Mentors.

The project aims to develop a training programme for dual-career mentors, in order to qualify them to provide informed advice and support to athletes throughout their sport career, right from the start (from secondary education trough to higher education). General idea is, to create a programme which will offer comprehensive training, valid both for athletes (and mentors-to-be) with or without disabilities.

In addition to the University Isabel 1, three partner institutions from club sector from Greece, Italy and Portugal are already willing to participate.

University Isabel 1 by that reason is looking for additional partners active in sports, and sport education. Previous experience in EU or international projects is a strong asset. Partners must be from Erasmus + program countries.

See the project description with contact data. EN_Mentors for Dual Careers_Abstract

 

Between January 25 and 27, 2018, the EU-funded ERASMUS+ project EMPATIA, had its kickoff meeting in Rome at Foro Italico, University of Rome.

EMPATIA – Education Model for Parents of AThletes In Academics will run from January 2018 till December 2020. The focus is on information about the roles of parents and entourage of athletes during their dual careers, and aims to offer online education tools in several languages for that specific supporting group of stakeholders (e.G. European Guidelines of Dual Career)

For that project 10 partners, representing 6 european countries, from higher education sector, club sector, governing and sports bodies and two European networks decided to apply together. The project lead is taken by the University of Ljubljana (SLO), partners are:

  • Foro Italico University of Rome (ITA),
  • University of Limerick (IRL),
  • University of Coimbra (POR),
  • Italian National Olympic Committee – CONI (ITA),
  • Ginásio Clube Figueirense (POR),
  • Sport Ireland Institute (IRL),
  • National Institute of Sport, Expertise, and Performance – INSEP (FRA),
  • European Athlete as Student – EAS Network (MLT) and
  • EUSA Institute (SLO).

Starting with outcomes of preliminary findings in the field, the kick-off meeting aimed to bring the partners and their individual approach on the project to a common mind, discussed the working packages and related timelines and the proposed deliverables of the project. A strong focus was on the dissemination strategies, which will be crucial for the success.

Feel invited to follow the project development via #empatiasport. Project website www.empatiasport.eu  will be launched in February 2018.

Announcement of the upcoming elections @ the 2018 General Assembly in Coimbra

Dear Members,

hereby the Executive Committee likes to emphasize the member institutions to nominate candidates for the upcoming Executive Committee elections at the General Assembly of EAS in Coimbra / Portugal (12.-14. September 2018).

As mentioned in the General Assembly 2017 in Aarhus, the statutes point out the following rules for elections following the Maltese rules and regulations for Non Governmental Organizations with a legal seat in Malta.

Election and Retirement of Committee Members:
  • Nominations for Committee Members, shall be received before the thirty first (3l st) January each year. Nominations will not be accepted from the floor during an Annual General Meeting. All nominations must be duly proposed and seconded and bear the written consent of the person nominated.
  • An application for nomination shall be in the form, from time to time prescribed by the Committee, and shall include the name, address, date of birth and occupation of the candidate, ID Number, and the signature of the Proposer and the Seconder.

The EAS statutes can be seen here: EAS_Statutes-signed_26Jul2016

The nomination requires a form that includes:
  1.  Name – Address – Date of birth – Occupation of the candidate.
  2. ID number and signatures from 2 proposers.
  3. The completed forms need to be sent to the Secretary General who enters the names in the Register of Candidates (joerg.foerster@uni-hamburg.de)
  4. The Secretary informs the nominated people in writing after the election whether they were elected or not.
  5. Those who are elected shall receive a copy of the Statutes and the Bye-laws.
  6. The election must be completed during the General Assembly.

The necessary form can be downloaded here: EAS_Nomination form for Excom Members.

If there is any question, do not hesitate to get in touch with the EC by sending an eMail to the EC members. Contact data can be found here: http://www.dualcareer.eu/about-eas/

Kind regards

Joerg Foerster

Secretary General

On Wednesday the 20th of December the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences’ lectorate Elite Sports & Education hosts an international seminar under the headline: “How can sports clubs support a talents’s dual career?”

This seminar, will focus on the responsibility of the sport sector to contribute to the Dual Career of their sport talents. Experts from leading organizations explain how they support successful Dual Careers.

Two Erasmus+ projects (www.icdc.eu & www.h4dc.eu) show, that there are lots of opportunities. At this seminar the ‘Handball 4 Dual Career’ program will be launched. This program supports talents in achieving balance between sports, education and work.

Target group: Amongst others: staff of sports associations & sports clubs, policy officers elite sports / talent development, career counselors, researchers, elite sports / dual career advisors, etc.

International character: At the seminar the European best practices in dual career will be presented. A number of these organizations will be present during the seminar. For that reason the working language will be English. For the Spanish and French participants translators will be available.

For more information follow that link: Invitation for International Seminar on Dual Career on 20 dec 2017

The AtLETyC project team is working on a MOOC about entrepreneurship.

The AtLETyC project – www.atletyc.eu – aims at top-ranking athletes and their need to know about business. In this MOOC they learn the skills of entrepreneurship and they connect among themselves and with other people interested in the topic.

A MOOC is an open online course with information and tasks where you can attend without a login and where you have the possibility to connect with others but as well with the special target group of the AtLETyC project: 90 high profile athletes from different countries.

Biggest advantage of that kind of lessons, you can learn in this MOOC whenever you want.

If you want to join this special learning experience:

Elite sports requires high volumes of training and competition during which the athlete is also actively involved in studying and/or working. Thus, the term “Dual Career” refers to the combination of sports and academic careers of elite athletes.

On behalf of FISU and the European Athlete as Student (EAS) network the expertise and knowledge in Dual Career of student athletes have been considered very valuable in assisting EAS and FISU to gather information on the challenges, opportunities, services, policies, programmes and initiatives facilitating the dual career of the participants in the 2017 Taipei Summer Universiade.

The time and effort in completing the on-line questionnaire would be greatly appreciated by the organizing researchers. The contribution will be anonymous and data collected will be presented as group findings in future print publications and on the FISU and EAS official websites.

In case of questions on any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact us at education@fisu.net.

The questionnaire can be found here.

 

On July 24, 2017, the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency has published the results for the call Erasmus+Sport-Call for proposals EAC/A03/2016.

The recent call focused the following priorities:
– Health-enhanching psysical activity and the European Week of Sport;
– Dual career & Volunteering;
– Combatting doping and match-fixing – Good governance;
– Social inclusion & Combatting violence, racism and discrimination;

Applications could have been submitted for Not-for-profit European sport events, Small Collaborative partnerships and Collaborative partnerships. 160 projects have been selected for funding; 66 Collaborative Partnerships, 84 Small Collaborative Partnerships and 10 Not-for-profit European sport events, and 2 additional have been placed on a reserve list.

EAS member institutions are partners or leading applicants of many of the 15 selected projects in the field  Collaborative partnerships – Group of priorities 2 (Dual career & Volunteering)

EAS itself is an official partner in a project focussing on athletes migration: “Dual Career and qualification in sports (AMID)” submitted by the PARIS-LODRON-UNIVERSITY SALZBURG, and Education Model for Parents of AThletes In Academics  (EMPATIA)” ABS Aarhus The EMPATIA project_correct submitted by the UNIVERSITY LJUBLJANA.

The success of that applications is based on the dedicated work of experts within the EAS network who are taking care on all aspects of athletes career development and implementation of the 2012 launched “EU Guidelines for Dual Career”.

Following the founding idea of Bengt Nybelius (SWE) and Risto Keskitalo (FIN), to build up an european wide network of institutions, which run certain programs for the “Dual Career” of athletes, the work done within the EAS network had been fundamental for the growing number of experts in the field of dual career, researches and scientific reviews and the continuously raised awareness of that issue within European Sport Policy.

The strong cooperation with the EU Sport Unit allowed EAS to be seen nowadays not just as a network of institutions than as well as a network of experts, who are willing to share their knowledge and expertise beyond each other and those institutions who are trying to develop their own strategy for dual career programs.

By that reason EAS like to emphasize researchers and experts to take part in the upcoming special issue of the journal Sport in Society (Guest Editors: Dr. Florian Kiuppis and Dr. Natalia Stambulova), titeled :“Transitions in Sport Life”.

Researchers in sport sciences are invited to send their contributions (8,000 words maximum) for a better understanding of transitions in sport, including dual career.

Further information is available at: http://www.tandfonline.com

Program for the Post Conference Day launched:

On Thursday, 14th September 2017 the “Dual Career Workshop” will take place at Ceres Park – 8000 Aarhus C.  The workshop will be organized in cooperation of EAS, ESAA and Elitegymnasier.dk.

Under the headline “How to develop a Dual Career Mindset in Youth Sport – Different approaches for Athletes, Coaches, Parents, Educators and Sports Clubs”, participants will discuss Dual Career Strategies in Youth Sport – with specific focus on different roles.

PROGRAM post-conference-day:

  • 8.15: (optional) Best Practice

Guided tour to training sessions at “the Aarhus model for Dual Career” Short presentation by different coaches.

  • 9:30 Networking time:
    Conference Registration, coffee/tea and refreshments
  • 10:00 PRESENTATIONS:
  1. Introduction and brief presentation:”The Aarhus Model for Dual Career”” (15 min)
  2. How to develop a DUAL CAREER MINDSET – Presentation by sport psychologist Jakob Freil (30 min)
  3. How to make important decisions on sports and education – presentation by local high performance Dual Career student and Dual Career Parent (30 min) Dual Career Strategies in professional Sports Clubs. (15 min)
  4. Dialogue in small groups focusing on ”Cultural Diversities” in developing a Dual Career Mindset. (60 min)
  5. Feedback and feed forward in plenum. (30 min)
  • 13:00: Lunch and Networking
  • 14:00: Concluding Remarks – and discussion on Dual Career strategies for the future.
  • 14.30 Time for reflection – spend an afternoon in The European Cultural Capital 2017 – Aarhus.

The Post-Conference-Day is a part of Sport- Summit 2017, and participation is included in Sport Summit fee. Fee for non-Sport Summit participants DKK. 500,- ( 65 euro )

Registration for Sport Summit 2017 at: Sport Summit 2017 – Post Conference Day – Invitatation
http://conferences.au.dk/ense-sportsummit2017/registration/

If you want to participate in the Post-Conference Day – without participating in the SPORT-Summit 2017 – please send an email to ok@esaa.dk before September 1st 2017.

Sport Summit 2017 – Post Conference Day – Invitatation

The European Union (EU) considers the “dual career” (i.e., the comination of sport and academic commitments) of elite athletes  as a priority and recommends Member States to respond to the needs of this population (http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2016/573416/IPOL_STU(2016)573416_EN.pdf).

However, only a limited number of Universities, National Sports Federations, and Sports Associations adopted appropriate measures in line with the European guidelines (http://www.scuoladellosport.coni.it/images/sds/Linee_Guida_EU_Doppia_Carriera.pdf) and the minimum quality requirements for dual career services (http://www.sportknowhowxl.nl/files/2016/DualCareer.pdf).

To facilitate the recognition of student-athletes, to improve knowledge and to disseminate good practices of dual career, in 2004 the European Athlete as Student (EAS, http://www.dualcareer.eu) network has been established and currently acts as a stakeholder of the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of Europe (http://www.kinsi.si/clanki.php?id=284).

In particular, EAS intends to develop European projects and disseminate scientific research on dual careers (http://www.kinsi.si/clanki.php?id=286) by encouraging the participation of its Members in partnerships within the Erasmus + Sport program (http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/calls/eac-a03-2016-sport-2017_en ) and the Bengt Nybelius scholarship for researchers under the age of 40 (EAS_C4P_Bengt-Nybelius-Scholarship), respectively.

To pursue its aims, EAS organizes an annual conference to:

  • inform EAS members on dual career best practices;
  • promote cooperation between institutions and stakeholders (e.g., professors, coaches, and students);
  • discuss key dual-career issues at local, national and European level;
  • disseminate information collected through EU funded projects.

Institutions who are challenged by the Dual Career of their pupils/students are invited to be a member of EAS to foster the process of dual career in Europe. Furthermore, EAS would be pleased if that invitation could be  forward /shared to other stakeholders (e.g., Universities, High Schools, National Sports Federations, Sports Associations) in countries of those recognizing it.

The membership to the EAS is institutional, requests an annual membership fee of just € 150 and  can be posted on the EAS website: http://www.dualcareer.eu/membership/.

We hereby like to invite interested experts and those who want to become experts to participate in the XIV Annual Conference of the EAS to be held in Aarhus, Denmark from September 12 to 14, 2017 during the Sport Summit 2017 organized by the University of Aarhus in collaboration with ENSE, SNE and ICCE (https://kongresk.eventsair.com/ense/registration/Site/Register).

In particular, we like to inform you, that registrations prior to July 01, 2017 will benefit from a early-bird discount. (prolonged from 15th June)

We do hope, that you will be proactive in implementing dual career of student-athletes in your countries, EAS will be available for further information and support.

On behalf of EAS, sincerely yours,

Laura Capranica (EAS President), Joerg Foerster (EAS Secretary General)