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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

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