April 2020

Dear EAS Members and Friends,
the EAS Executive Committee wishes you a healthy 2020 Easter!

Indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic is strongly affecting our life, causing a great distress or other unforeseen situations.

This is the time to give!

In being aware that any support could make a difference and be greatly appreciated, many of us are actively involved in new processes at educational and/or sport levels to sustain the dual career of our youth. Hopefully, these novel approaches to the solution of unexpected difficulties will help us advancing in new directions once this terrible period will be over.

In the past years, this newsletter was intended also to update on the most recent EAS activities and to anticipate future ones. This year, we will limit the information only to recent past, because the situation does not allow us to have a clear picture of the future. Surely, we will keep you informed through our website (www.dualcareer.eu) and by emails.

Recent activities

January 13-14: The 3rd transnational meeting of the Dual Career for Women Athletes (DONA) ERASMUS+Sport Collaborative Partnership programme was held in Modena, Italy to discuss the current status of the recent activities of the project. DONA 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), Istres Provence Volleyball (France), the De SportMaatschappij Foundation (Netherlands), the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), and the European Athlete as Student (EAS) Dual Career Network (Malta).

January 24-25: The activities of EAS have been presented at the International Conference “When the School starts running” organized in Rome (Italy). The Conference was organized in occasion of the 21st Miguel’s Race (the 10-km Miguel’s Race involving around 10,000 participants.

January 30: EAS was present at 7th Erasmus+ Sport InfoDay organized by the European Commission and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) to update on the funding opportunities in sport, which include also cooperation on dual career.

February 6-7: Sport Ireland Institute hosted the meeting of the ERASMUS+Sport Collaborative Partnership EMPATIA in Dublin, Ireland, to finalize the content of the EMPATIA educational programme on dual career parenting. Coordinated by the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), the EMPATIA team involves the INSEP (France), the University of Rome Foro Italico and the Italian Olympic Committee (Ily), the University of Coimbra and the Ginásio Clube Figueirense (Portugal), the EUSA Institute (Slovenia), the University of Limerick and the Sport Ireland Institute (Ireland), and the European Athlete as Student (EAS) Dual Career Network (Malta).

February 24: The meeting of the Consultative Committee Bureau of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) of the Council of Europe was held in Paris, France to discuss the revised Terms of References and the draft agenda of the plenary meeting of the Consultative Committee. Chaired by Mr Jens Sejer Andersen – PLAY THE GAME, the Bureau includes the Vice Chair Mr Michal Buchel – FIAS, Mr Carlos Cardoso – ENGSO, Ms Paulina Tomczyk – EU Athletes; Ms Annette Wachter – EGLSF; Ms. Laura Capranica – EAS; and Mr Michael TRINKER, EPAS Deputy Executive Secretary.

February 26-28: The transantional meeting of the Starting11 ERASMUS+Sport Collaborative Partnership was held in Luxembourg to plan further development of the European dual career toolkit. Furthermore, the Starting11 platform has been launched (https://starting11.eu), coordinated by the Amsterdam University of Applied Science (Netherlands) in cooperation with the CREPS Toulouse (France), the German University Sport Federation (ADH – Germany), the Sportlycee Luxembourg (SplL – Luxembourg), the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS – England), and the European Athlete as Student (EAS) Dual Career Network (Malta).

The EAS website publicized two editorial activities: The call for contributions for the special issue of Cultura, Ciencia y Deporte, which aims to be a meeting point for research resulting from EU- funded projects withing the ERASMUS+Sport Programme; and the manuscript Career Development and Transition of Athletes: The International Society of Sports Psychology Position Stand Revised by Natalia B. Stambulova, Tatiana V. Ryba and Kristoffer Henriksen.

European Projects

One of the main pillar of EAS is the commitment and support of all the European Collaborative Partnerships focused on dual career. In particular, this is a brief update on the projects where EAS is currently involved:

AMID (590400-EPP-1-2017-1-AT-SPO-SCP) 2018-2020. Coordinated by the University of Salzburg (Austria), the project aims to provide evidence- and eminence-base guidelines on student-athletes who relocate/migrate to pursue their academic and/or sport careers. Despite due to the Covid-19 the transnational meeting scheduled in March 2020 was cancelled, during this final phase of the project the Partners will collaborate to produce recommendations to provide approaches to the stakeholders from sports, politics and education based on the information deriving from a literature review, focus groups, interviews and surveys. Further information is available at www.amid-project.eu.

EMPATIA (590437-EPP-1-2017-1-SI-SPO-SCP) 2018-2020. Coordinated by the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), the focus is on the roles of parents as supporters of dual careers of their children. The online educational programme is in its final developmental phase and was supposed to be tested next May during dedicated national workshops with the parents. Due to the Covid-19 constraint, possible adjustments will be necessary. Further information is available at www.empatiasport.eu.

DONA (2018-3716/001-001) 2019-2021. Coordinated by the Associació Esportiva Carles Vallbona-AEC (Spain), DONA aims to investigate, develop and test a dual career club-based methodology for enhancing women’s volleyball players. During last months, DONA has smoothly progressed with awareness raising events organized in Granollers, Istres, Modena and Zebbug. The Partners designed and delivered the monitoring structure of the pilot programme and feedback will be collected at the four Partner clubs during the implementation phase.

Ed-Media (2018-2078/001-001) 2019-2020. Coordinated by the University of Kaunas (Lithuania), Ed-Media aims to proactively shape a positive image of athletes as students. At present, the findings of thorough gap, desk, SWOT and PESTEL analyses on dual career carried out in the participating Member States are directing the development of specific recommendations.

More Than Gold (603346-EPP-1-2018-1-LV-SPO-SCP). 2019-2020. Coordinated by the University of Latvia (Latvia), at present MTG is developing dual career guidelines for higher education institutes. Recently, more than 60 European universities provided their opinion on the priority and feasibility of specific recommendations for the development and implementation of dual career.

SportOpensSchool (603266-EPP-1-2018-1-IT-SPO-SCP). 2019-2020. Coordinated by CUS Pavova (Italy), SOS developed an innovative teaching module for physical activity teachers based on three main pillars: health education; fair play education; and development of skills and abilities. The Covid-19 emergency is affecting also the implementation of the project, with the transnational meeting to be held in Portugal to be rearranged.

Starting11 (60313-EPP-1-2018-1-NL-SPO-SCP). 2019-2021. Coordinated by the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences-AUAS (Netherlands), the project aims to create the very first European Dual Career Toolkit for service providers. After the transnational meeting held in Luxembourg at the end of February, to inform on the advancement of the project activities Starting11 launched its official website www.starting11.eu.

Save the date

April 21, 2020 is the extended deadline for submission of ERASMUS+Sport applications within the Call for proposals 2020. This funding opportunity is addressing dual career among its priorities.

September 17-19, 2020 in Hamburg (Germany) the 17th EAS Conference 2020 will be held next under the organization of the University Sport Service Hamburg. This event is the European dual career knowledge-hub and the best opportunity to disseminate the findings of the EU-funded projects and activities carried out on behalf of athletes as students.

Send a virtual hug to your Dual Career friends during the COVID-19 emergercy

In support of our community dedicated to improving the well-being of athletes as students EAS is actively responding to the COVID-19 emergency. You can fight the COVID-19’s stay-alone-period by sending a “virtual hug” (by e-mail, WhatsApp, social media) to a good friend or a good colleague of yours. This could be a good opportunity to share your commitment in dual career and to engage new members of our Network.

A special thank for the loyalty and commitment of the EAS Executive Committee and the Members of our Network in supporting the advancement of a European dual career culture.

We wish all the best for the health and wellbeing of you and your loved ones. Yours sincerely,

Laura Capranica on behalf of the EAS Executive Committee