PROJECTS / DOCUMENTS

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.

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!

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

“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

EU funded projects

On September 24, 2018, EACEA published the results of the selected proposals  for ERASMUS+ SPORT 2018​ to be started on January 1, 2019. Out of 18 proposal under the Priority 2 – Dual career & Volunteering, 15 projects have been funded specifically on dual career, with EAS Partner of :

Dual Career for wOmeN Athletes – DONA (Coordinator: AE CARLES VALLBONA, Spain);

Media as a channel of Athletes’ Dual Careers promotion and education – EDU-MEDIA (Coordinator: LIETUVOS SPORTO UNIVERSITETAS, Lithuania);

More than Gold (Coordinator: LATVIJAS UNIVERSITATE, Latvia);

STARTING 11 “The European Dual Career Toolkit” (Coordinator: STICHTING HOGESCHOOL VAN AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands).

Furthermore, under the Priority 1 (HEPA & European Week of Sport) EAS is Partner of the project Sport Opens School – SOS (Coordinator: CENTRO UNIVERSITARIO SPORTIVO – CUSPADOVA – ASSOCIAZIONE SPORTIVA DILETTANTISTICA, Italy).

More information on the selected ERASMUS+ SPORT 2018​ proposals ia available at https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/actions/sport/collaborative-partnerships_en

One day prior to the 15th Annual EAS Conference, the 2nd meeting of the EU project EMPATIA, more information see here: https://www.empatiasport.eu/about, takes place in the University of Coimbra.

15 representatives of each project partner meet in the historical “Biblioteca Geral” on top the University’s campus to discuss the actual project status and till now collected data, for example from the literature review. In addition to that, the group discussed the next research design based on the results of the focus group studies.