On 21 August 2013 the ADH working group for Dual Career met for the second time this summer, this time in Frankfurt with representatives of the DOSB and Olympic training centers. The attendees reflected first on the current situation in the universities and in the support systems of elite sport. The requirements for the successful combining of elite sports and the academic career have been in the focus of the discussion. As the central hurdle a nationwide uniform access scheme to study space was identified by all participants. Top sportsmen and athletes rely on being able to choose their training location depending on site training provided for them.
As second major issue was discussed the need still to improve the flexibility of study organization. The framework of the Bachelor and Master system put higher demands on the athletes that should be compensated by appropriate provisions in the examination regulations.
The working group will therefore explore with it´s partners at DOSB the contents of the contracts for the “Partner Universities for elite sport” taking into account the changing of academic requirements and head to develop proposals for adaptation of criteria in the nationwide contract, which is actually signed by more than 90 universities in Germany.
Following the comprehensive entry, which created a lot of work orders for the group members, the participation of ADH in the EU project application of the European Network EAS on “Dual Career Ambassadors was – European Partnership on Sports” was explained by Paul Wedeleit (General Secretary of ADH) and Jörg Förster (Dual Career Expert of the ADH and EAS EC member). All attendees of the meeting showed their approval to that participation and will look forward to the result of the application.
Involved in addition to the adh are the following institutions: the European Network EAS (host of the project), the European Institute for Sport and Professional EOSE, the European University Sports Association EUSA, the Rovaniemi University of Applied Sciences (FIN), the University of Rome (ITA), the University of Maribor (SLO) and the University of Brussels (BEL).
A decision for approval of the project by the EU will be taken in October.