Author: jfoerster

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

to help athletes pursuing their sport and academic careers, in 2019 EAS actively committed in a continuous exchange between institutions and experts working in the field of dual career across Europe.

The fruitful partnerships with the European Commission, the Council of Europe, EUSA and FISU have been consolidated through the participation in relevant events at European (e.g, the European Sport Forum, the meetings of the EU Expert Group “Skills and Human Resources Development in Sport”, the cluster meeting: “The role of sport in education: enhancing skills development and dual careers perspectives”, the meetings of the Bureau of the “Consultative Committee of EPAS – Council of Europe”), and established partnerships with countries beyond Europe (Bosnia, Taiwan)

The 2019 annual EAS Conference and General Assembly held in Falun, Sweden represented the dual career knowledge hub and a valuable opportunity to update our members on the best practices and on-going activities in dual career.

The contribution to a European dual career culture through Erasmus+ Cooperative Partnerships, EAS contributed to the activities of projects focused on migrating athletes (AMID), women athletes (DONA), a positive image of athletes as students (EDU MEDIA), dual career parents (EMPATIA), guidelines for higher education institutes (More than Gold), the role of sports in high school (SOS), and the development of a dual career toolkit (Starting 11).

Furthermore, through its website, EAS contributed to the dissemination of publications of dual career guidelines at national levels (Sweden), at sports clubs (ICDC), and dual career approach at national level (Italy). Finally, EAS co-authored with FISU the first international survey on dual career, and awarded the “Bengt Nybelius Scholarship” to a young Kosovar researcher at its annual conference.

In preparation for a gratifying dual career 2020, we invite you to take advantages of the call for European Collaborative Partnerships, and to share best practices, outcomes of collaborative projects, and research findings by participating in the 17th Annual Conference of EAS to be held at the University of Hamburg, Germany next September 17-19.

We strongly encourage you to be proactive in the dissemination of the dual career culture and to renew your 2020 EAS membership through the link

The Executive Board of EAS wishes you and your family a year 2020 full of peace and happiness.

On behalf of the board

Prof. Laura Capranica, EAS President

On December 9-10, 2019, the 3rd international meeting of the project “More than Gold” took place in Pescara, Italy. During the meeting, sections of the developed guidelines were presented and the partners agreed on how the guidelines will be tested in Universities in Latvia, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Romania and other European Union countries.

As each partner country has a very different situation in terms of dual career, the partners also agreed on common definitions for the different types of support and their terms.

In total, 6 countries participate in the project: the University of Latvia is the coordinator, while the consortium of partners consists of Alexandru Ioan Cuza University (Romania), Catolica University of San Antonio de Murcia (Spain), University of Coimbra (Portugal), University degli Studi “G. d ‘ Annunzio “Chieti – Pescara (Italy) and the non-governmental organization” The European Athlete as Student “(Malta).

The project will last for 2 years and is co-funded by the European Union Erasmus  Sport program. As the result of the project first of all will develope 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.

On December 4th and 5th, in Brussels a ERASMUS+ Cluster Meeting was organized by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency and the Sport Unit of the European Commission.

Topic was „The role of sport in education: enhancing skills development and dual careers perspectives“.

The meeting was an opportunity for stakeholders and Erasmus+ funding recipients to meet, monitor projects’ implementation, collect information on best practices, identify relevant outcomes and provide synergies across the sectors. EAS was represented by President Laura Capranica (Rom), Treasurer Mojca Doupona-Topic (Ljubljana) and former Secretary General and still EC member Joerg Foerster (Hamburg)

This third Erasmus+ Sport Cluster meeting focuses on the promotion of education in and through sport with special focus on skills development and implementation of the EU guidelines on Dual Careers of Athletes. The meeting’s objective was also to identity good practices which can be used as a basis for the new generation of sport calls for proposals.


The program included sessions on Dual career – from theory to reality, and Coach as teacher and lifelong learner, with High level policy session on What can we learn by practicing sport? and three thematic workshops: #BeAble on combining education and/or work with a sport career, #BeMore on skills through participation in sport activities and #BeBetter, focusing on coaching in a changing society.

EAS is actually contributing to the activities of projects focused on migrating athletes (AMID), women athletes (DONA), a positive image of athletes as students (EDU MEDIA), dual career parents (EMPATIA), guidelines for higher education institutes (More than Gold), the role of sports in high school (SoS), and the development of dual career toolkit (Starting 11). The Cluster meeting was also an opportunity to meet the partners and discuss progress of existing projects, as well as to explore new possibilities of cooperation.

From 4 to 6 December 2019, CUS Padova hosted the 3rdtransnational meeting of the Sport Opens School project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union.

It has been a 3-day training where high school physical education teachers of the partner Schools have learned how to implement the new physical education teaching method developed in the project.

The multidisciplinary team of experts in charge of developing the new teaching method had the occasion to discuss their teaching proposal with the teachers, addressing the 3 main subjects of the module: Physical Activity and Health; Fair play and Integrity; Life and Employability Skills. Trainers and teachers have interacted through experiential learning method and teamwork activities. What teachers have experienced during the training will be the base for the experimentation of the module with students in their schools that will start in January 2020.

Special thanks to the trainers of CUS Padova, project coordinator, an all partners that have developed the training activities (Italian National Olympic Committee – Italy; Bacău-Romania School Inspectorate; and European Athlete as Student network – Malta).

Also thanks for their active participation to all physical education teachers from Instituto N.ª Sra da Encarnação – Cooperativa de Ensino, Benedita – Portugal; Newton – Pertini Institute of Higher Education – Italy; Budapest VI. Kerületi Kölcse y Ferenc Gimnázium – Hungary.

During her visit to the Institute of Sports Science of the University of Taipei at the end of November, EAS President Laura Capranica lectured Master’s and PhD students on dual career and disseminated the aims and progresses of the AMID, DONA, Ed Media, EMPATIA, More Than Gold, SOS, and Starting 11 European Collaborative Partnerships.

Furthermore, during the International Conference organized to celebrate the foundation of the University, the dual career parenting evidence and eminence research findings of the EMPATIA projects were presented to scholars, physical education teachers, and students.

The University of Taipei applied as member of EAS, having a strong legacy to dual career. In particular, this University collaborated in the organization of the 2017 Summer Universiade, during which the FISU-EAS survey was administered to athletes as students.

The results of this research have been recently published (, providing interesting information on dual career worldwide.

EAS President Prof. Laura Capranica presented the DONA EU project in Bergamo, Nov. 20, 2019, at the – IX Conference Europe and Sports: Legal, Economical, and Social Profiles. From the Education Rights to the Dual Career of the Student-Athlete.


DONA is based on the ERASMUS+ Collaborative Partnership program of EU. 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), 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).

DONA aims 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”.
On November 20, 2019 the Department of Law of the University of Bergamo will host the IXth edition of the conference “Europe and Sport”. This year the conference will focus on the right to education of student-athletes and the relevance of dual careers programmes at Italian level.
During the event, the book “La doppia carriera degli atleti: Una sfida culturale vincente” (Dual career of athletes: A winning cultural challenge) by Prof. Stefano Bastianon will be presented. As an Associate Professor of European Law at the University of Bergamo and an arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Prof. Bastianon offers unique legal and organizational perspectives of the Italian ​approach to dual career, and his book could be considered a benchmark for research and good practices for the benefit of athletes as students.
President Laura Capranica will present the activities of EAS and moderate a roundtable discussion between the Author and Filippo Bazzanella (University of Trento, Unisport-Italia Network), Francesca Pedrazzini-Pesce (Sport Office, Canton Ticino, Switzerland), Francesco Calvetti (Polytechnic of Milan), Marco Barla (Polytechnic of Turin).
Antonio Borgogni (University of Bergamo) will summarize the outcomes of the event to guide future activities towards the implementation of dual career.

The 5th meeting European Commission Expert Group “Skills and Human Resources Development in Sport” was held in the Castello of Buonconsiglio of Trento, Italy on November 5-6, 2019.

Dr. Yves Le Lostecque, Agata Dziarnowska, and Nais Rigollet welcomed the national Delegates of the Member States and the Observers, provided the updates of the European Commission in the sport field, and moderated four sessions encompassingDual career; Education of coaches; Qualifications Skills in Sport; and the Italian sport system. Furthermore, before the meeting the Participants visited SPIN Italy, the world’s biggest accelerator for creating successful sports start-ups, in Rovereto. 

During the session on Dual Career, Prof. Paolo Bouquet (University of Trento) informed on the initiatives of UniSport Italia, the network of the Italian universities; Prof. Stefano Bastianon (University of Bergamo) illustrated the dual career system in Italy and presented the potential of the TopFit judgement of the Court of Justice (June 13, 2019 case C-22/18) on European dual career (see also Eurojus 2019, 4, pp. 81-85) ; and Prof. Laura Capranica (EAS President, University of Rome Foro Italico) illustrated the role of EAS in the development of a European dual career culture, and urged the Delegates to support the development of national guidelines and the involvement of dual career national stakeholders in Collaborative Partnerships relevant to their contexts.

Initiated by the conference of EAS held in Falun the Faculty launched the first activities related to the dual career of athletes. During the XXII International scientific conference „FIS COMMUNICATIONS 2019“ (17 – 19 October 2019) organized by the Faculty, a panel discussion with the topic “Dual career of athletes” was held.

Special guests of that panel discussion had been Dejan Savic, Head Coach of Serbian water polo national team and former water polo player, and Predrag Danilovic, president of the Basketball Federation of Serbia and former basketball player.

During his playing career, Dejan Savic won two Olympic bronze medals (Sidney 2000 and Beijing 2008) and one Olympic silver medal in Athens 2004. As a coach of the national team he won the 2016 Olympic Games, the 2015 World Championship, three European Championships (2014, 2016 and 2018), and six World League titles.
Predrag Danilovic also had a great sports career. With the national basketball team, Danilović won the gold medals at the the 1989 Euro Basket, 1991 Euro Basket, 1995 Euro Basket and the 1997 Euro Basket. He was also a member of the silver medal winning national team of Yugoslavia at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics. After his successful sports career he started to work as administrative staff. From 2007 to 2015 he served as the president of Basketball Team “Partizan” and from 2015 to present he is the president of Basketball Federation of Serbia.

During the panel discussion guests spoke about their experience related to the education of athletes, about the problems of managing educational duties and sports career duties, about the educational role of sport and possibilities of integration of athletes in common life activities and society after finishing sports career.

This panel discussion was one of the first activities in Serbia devoted to the dual career of athletes. Extensively discussion with a lot of questions from the audience are the certain clue that this field has potential for development in Serbia. Faculty of sport and physical education in Nis presented his role as a leader in the development of the dual career of athletes in Serbia with distance learning master studies program for athletes.

Report given by
Nenad Stojiljkovic

Looking for new project opportunities?

The European Commission has published the new Erasmus+ Programme Call for Proposals and the new Erasmus+ Programme Guide for 2020.

The documents provide an overview of the possibilities for projects to be funded by the European Union within the Erasmus+ programme.

2020 is the last year of the current European Union programme for mobility and cooperation in education, training, youth and sport. The expected budget of over €3 billion, an increase of 12% compared to 2019.