July 2020

On July 3, 2020, UNISPORT-Italia (the network of 44 Italian universities interested in sport, and proactive member of EAS) organized the last virtual cafè before the summer break. This event focused on good practices of university sports, including dual career policies and services. 

Specifically, Rector’s Delegate for sport Francesco Calvetti presented the Polytechnic of Milan, and Rector’s Delegate for sport and Member of the National Council of the University Sport association-CUSI Claudio Bertoletti presented the University of Bergamo.

The event was a significant opportunity to debate new models of university sport governance and to envisage the implementation of good practices at a higher educational level.

In autumn UNISPORT Italia will propose new events to exchange information useful for the development of university sport. At present, all the past virtual meetings are available on the UNISPORT-Italia new youtube channel UNISPORT ITALIA

May 8 – The dual career of athletes.
May 15 – Sport reopens in safety. The University’s contribution to Italian sport.
May 22 – Safety in sports practices.
May 29 – COVID-19 & University sport, the European approach to the crisis.
June 5 – E-learning and training, the recipe of the young athletes of the future.
June 12 – Sport meets innovation: a fast-growing sector for R&D opportunities.
June 19 – Social responsibility and university sport.
July 3 – Case studies: Good practices of university sport management

On July 1, 2020, the EMPATIA Team (Coordinator: University of Ljubljana; Partners: EUSA Institute, Ginásio Clube Figueirense, INSEP, CONI, Sport Ireland Institute, University of Coimbra, University of Limerick, University of Rome Foro Italico, and EAS) participated to a virtual meeting aimed to refine the education material of the online programme for parents of student-athletes, which has been developed on thorough evidence- (Tessitore et al., under revision), the eminence-based knowledge collected from 115 parents of dual career athletes (Giaka et al., under revision), and a concept mapping procedure involving 489 parents from six Member States (e.g., France, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Portugal, and Slovenia) to develop a dual career parenting education framework.

In the next months, the EMPATIA Team is going to collect the parents’ feedback on the usefulness of the educational programme before its official launch at the end of the project.


On July 2, 2020, in the Olympic torches hall Giovanni Malagò – President of the Italian Olympic Committee/CONI, Antonio Dima – President of the Italian University Sports Association/CUSI, and Paolo Bouquet – President of the UNISPORT-ITALIA network signed a protocol on dual careers at the presence of President Raffaella Masciadri and Secretary Raffaella Chiussi of the Italian Athletes Commission, representatives of the Unisport-Italia Board Marco Barla, Marco Gesi, Maurizio Marano, Giovanni Forconi, and Laura Capranica President of EAS, the European Dual Career network.

To implement this dual career protocol, further steps encompass concrete actions for the establishment of collaborative networks of relevant stakeholders and a governmental working table for the definition of national dual careers guidelines.