Author: jfoerster

Bengt Nybelius, together with Risto Keskitalo, the founder of the European Athlete as Student Network (EAS), was a brilliant mind, who settled the objectives and the structure of the organisation in 2004.
He passed away in 2011, and EAS decided to establish a scholarship to carry on the legacy of his work. Therefore, we are happy to announce the Call for Paper of the “2019 Bengt Nybelius Scholarship”
Aims of the Bengt Nybelius Scholarship:
The aim of the Bengt Nybelius Scholarship is to facilitate the integration of outstanding scholars and young researchers in the area of dual career.
Eligibility to the Bengt Nybelius Scholarship
Regardless the nationality and country of residence, researchers under the age of 40 years could be eligible for the Bengt Nybelius Scholarship.
Requirements to apply to the 2019 Bengt Nybelius Scholarship
  • Applicants must submit as first author an original manuscript related to the scope of EAS.
  • Manuscripts must not contain information presented in other manuscripts published elsewhere.
  • The manuscript should be written in English, between 15 and 30 pages double-spaced in Arial font size 11, including title page, abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusions, acknowledgments (if applicable), references, tables, figures and legends, and statement of conflicts of interest.
  • Manuscripts must be accompanied by a cover letter, stating clearly why the work is considered suitable for the Bengt Nybelius Scholarship and explaining the importance of the study.
Selection of the 2019 Bengt Nybelius Scholarship Winner
The Board of EAS will consider the quality of submitted manuscripts and notify the winner by July 31, 2019. The winner has to summarize her/his work with a 15-minute oral presentation in English at the 2019 Annual EAS Conference in Falun, Sweden, September 18-20. EAS will arrange travel, accommodation, and registration of the Bengt Nybelius Scholarship winner.
Application to the 2019 Bengt Nybelius Scholarship
To be considered for the 2019 Bengt Nybelius Scholarship applicants before July 1th, 2019 (midnight CET) must submit by e-mail to, including:
• A copy of the manuscript (PDF)
• An abstract, 1 page, about 2400 characters
• Curriculum vitae and list of publications (if there are others)
Requests of further information, if needed, could be addressed to
We are looking forward to receiving your application!
The Board of EAS
Due the Romanian presidency, on April 8-9 the European Commission organized the 2019 EU Sport Forum in Bucharest, which is a major EU assembly for the EU sports stakeholders and policy makers.
The two-day event encompassed five plenary sessions (“Doping in Sport”, “The Role of Sport Federations in the Promotion of European Sport”, “Can Europe Still Attract Major Sports Events Europe?”, “Update on European Commission Activities”, and “How will Europeans Engage in Spirt in the Future?”) and six parallel sessions (“Are the Rights and Interests of Athletes Sufficiently Taken into Account by Sport Governing Bodies?”, “How Can Schools Better Contribute to the Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles?”, “Are sport rights sufficiently protected in the EU?”, “Why and How Should Grassroots Sport Be Financed?”, “Justice in Sport”, and “Challenges of Less Popular Sports”).
The Forum presented another valuable opportunity for EAS to strengthen partnerships and to network with potential new partners.

On February 26-27, 2019, the coordinator Lithuanian Sports University(Lithuania) hosted in Kaunas the Partners of the EU-funfed ED-MEDIA project (University of Rome Foro Italico-Italy;the European University Sports Association “EUSA” Institute-Slovenia; the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași-Romania; the University of Valencia-Spain; the German Sport University Cologne-Germany; the University of Ljubljana-Slovenia; and the European Athlete as Student “EAS” Network).

The purpose of the project is to proactively act for changes in the attitude towards an athletes’ dual career by deliberately shaping a positive image of athletes as students, as well as encouraging sports organizations to pursue the implementation of the EU Guidelines on Dual Careers of Athletes.

To achieve its aim, the evidence-base and eminence-base knowledge on media coverage of dual careers athletes in the Partner Countries will be the basis for the development of:

  • Recommendations for the implementation of the EU Guidelines on Dual Career of Athletes and Strategy of raising awareness through media;
  • An educational platform to produce a powerful knowledge-exchange and resources enhancing the European sports community to strengthen dual career policies in Europe;
  • The development and implementation of an online educational program (using online platform) for athletes, sport organizations;

Overall, ED-MEDIA intends to boost a qualitatively attitude towards athletes as students and to encourage stakeholders to contribute to the improvement of conditions for athletes at the individual (e.g., the athlete), organizational (e.g., sports organization), and policy levels.

EAS is represented by its ExCom Members Ole Keldorf (ESAA) and Antonio Figueiredo (University of Coimbra).

On January 31 and February 1, 2019. The EU-funded Dual Career for Women Athletes (DONA) projectkicked off in Istres, France. DONA aims to empower women’s volleyball players by investigating, developing and testing a dual career methodology at club level.
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).
To cover the several important development stages that encompass relevant changes at academic, athletic, psychological, social and professional levels, DONAtargets arounf 250 female volleyball athletes between 12-20 years old. Upon the development of a dual career methodology, a Dual Career Club Management (DCCM) unit will support and help the players throughout a 3-semester pilot programme, whereas the volleyball clubs will create an optimal DC environment in cooperation with educational institutions.
The ultimate goals of DONA are aimed 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”.
Mojca Doupona (EAS Treasurer, University of Ljubljana) and Joerg Foerster (EAS Secretary, German University Sport Federation-adh) represent EAS in the project.

On February 10-11, 2019, the University of Latvia (coordinator) organized in Riga (Latvia) the kick-off meeting of the EU-funded project More Than Gold (MTG).

The project involves the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi (Romania), the Fundación Universitaria San Antonio (Spain), the University of Coimbra (Portugal), the University of Chieti-Pescara “Gabriele d’Annunzio” (Italy), and the European Athlete as Student network (Malta). Mojca Doupona Mojca Doupona (EAS Treasurer, University of Ljubljana) and Laura Capranica (EAS President, University of Rome Foro Italico) represent EAS in the project, which involves also the EAS ExCom Members Ivis Albertans (University of Latvia) and Antonio Figueiredo (University of Coimbra).

To contribute to the development of a dual career culture in Europe, the project aims to collect and systematize policies and best practices to develop Dual Career Guidelines and Methodologies for higher education institutions (HEI), especially in countries where Dual Career policy is at early stage.

Thus, the MTG academic institutions from countries with partial (Italy) and limited (Latvia and Romania) dual career policies and services will profit from the experience of MTG universities of countries where dual career id well-established (Portugal and Spain). Furthermore, EAS will provide a broad European dual career experience.

On February 19-22, the Lapin AMK University of Lapland hosted the third transnational meeting of the EU-funded AMID project, which aims to promote and implement dual career, especially targeting athletes migrating for sport, academics or both.

The Head of International office of Lapland AMK welcomed the Coordinator (University of Salzburg – AUT) the Partners (University Sport Service Hamburg – GER; Lapland University of Applied Sciences – FIN, University of Ljubljana – SLO, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio – ITA, and EAS – MLT), and the students to be involved in discussions. The Partners have illustrated the recent activities and findings, future steps, schedule, and dissemination activities.

Mr. Juha Dahlström from the Finnish Olympic Committee participated in the meetings of the last two days, which also included a discussion on the opportunity to develop a skill-based educational curriculum for a full recognition of the informal education through sports.

In creating the pilot program not only scientific sources were consulted. Best practices in Dual Career have also been researched. To identify the best practices in Dual Career, work visits have been paid to Olympic Committees, elite sport centers, elite sport clubs, schools / universities and other institutes. At all these organisations key players (amongst others managers, coaches, Dual Career support providers, athletes, etc.) have been asked their opinion on effective Dual Career support in sport clubs.

The project “Innovative Clubs for Dual Careers” focuses on developing optimal conditions for Dual Career and improve the Dual Career awareness at sports clubs, good coordination regarding education and sports clubs, developing a Dual Career team with specialists and corresponding Dual Career support. These are the important pillars of the project and in the study we have focused on successful practical examples that focus on the aspects of these pillars. Given the fact that the Dual Career concept is not always firmly anchored in sports clubs, inspiration was deliberately sought in other domains and organizations as well. The starting point has always been that a working method or structure can easily be integrated into the practice of a sports club.

The 4-pillar scheme shows the pillars underlying this project and therefore also the study. Each pillar is further explained in a chapter in this guidebook. For each pillar, relevant scientific insights are discussed and the best practices that form the basis of the pilot programme and can inspire more sports clubs to professionalize their Dual Career policy are explained. Each building block in each pillar represents a paragraph of that chapter. Each chapter concludes with a best practice in which the most important elements of the pillar are highlighted in ‘In the spotlight’. These highlighted best pratices together form the Champions League for sports organisations in Dual Career!

On February 12th 2019, the University Sport Centre of Padova (CUS Padova) hosted the Kick-off meeting of “Sport Opens School”, the project that aims to enhance the teaching of physical education in high schools, taking advantage of the positive role that sport can play as a tool for education and as a catalyst for positive universal values.

Funded by the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union, “Sport Opens School” is a two-year project which will involve four high schools called to act as “pilot”: “Newton – Pertini” Institute of Higher Education in Camposampiero (Italy), Budapest VI. Kerületi Kölcse y Ferenc Gimnázium (Hungary), Liceul cu Program Sportiv Bacau (Romania) and Instituto N.ª Sra da Encarnação – Cooperativa de Ensino, Benedita (Portugal).

The goal to be achieved is the creation of an innovative teaching module that physical education teachers will experiment in the pilot schools to increase the participation of teenagers in sport. The new teaching module will be based on three main pillars: health education; fair play education; and development of skills and abilities necessary for the personal fulfilment of young people and their future employability.

The quality of the new teaching program is guaranteed by a multidisciplinary team of trainers made of representatives of the European Athlete as Student network (EAS), the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI), the School Inspectorate of Bacău County (ISJ Bacau) and CUS Padova, as well as, by a participatory approach that will allow teachers of physical education and their students to be directly involved in all stages of implementation.

The Kick-off meeting in the University sport facilities involved Laura Capranica of the European Athlete as Student network (EAS); Marianna Pavan, Daniela Drago and Mario Massimo Ferrarese (CONI – Italy); Ana Maria Rotaru and Mihaela Frant (ISJ Bacau – Romania); José Vinagre (ECB – Portugal); Szilvia Ferenczi (KFG – Hungary); Annalisa Caicci (Newton-Pertini – Italy); Francesco Uguagliati, Marta Gravina, Riccardo Garavello, Laura Brazzarola, Carlo Frangioni (CUS Padova – Italy).

Kick-off-Meeting of EU funded “Dual Career” project. “STARTING 11” took place at Amsterdam University of Applied Science (AUAS) at 6./7. February.

That project unites leading European institutions in dual career research and practice, to create the very first European Dual Career Toolkit. The lead is taken by the Amsterdam University of Applied Science, Partners are:

– Athletes as Students Network (EAS – Malta)
– Creps Toulouse (CREPS – France)
– German University Sport Federation (adh – Germany)
– Sportlycee Luxembourg (SplL – Luxembourg)
– Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS – England)

Aim of the project is to develop tailored tools to the specific demand of dual career service providers in the EU member states. Using an integrated approach, STARTING 11 empowers key actors in sport, education and the labour market to provide high quality services to athletes in all stages of their sporting career, reaching from school level to the stage of retirement from sport.

EAS is represented in that project by Prof. Laura Capranica (Foro Italico) and Ole Keldorf (Eliteidraet Scole Aarhus – ESAA).

The new year 2019 started with a visit of EAS President, Prof. Laura Capranica, at EAS member institution INSEP in Paris (France).

In focus of the meeting had been, the new developed platform for elite French athletes called “PORTAIL DE SUIVI QUOTIDIEN DU SPORTIF“ (PSQS). That platform …

  • does have the possibility to increase data for individual profiles of the four (elite, senior, youth, retired) athlete categories
  • does have restricted areas for stakeholders like parents, teachers, coaches, medical doctors, etc.
  • allows medical and Socio-professional monitoring for athletes,
  • gives access to theNetwork Grand INSEP (other regional structures) and National Sport Federations (which can add data too)
  • support the dual career with information on Internat (internship/Boarding school) , scholarship (monitoring) and actualities
  • does have a special area for Ultramarins (athletes from french islands)
  • will reference for further information, if possible

By launching that platform, INSEP is aiming to systemize the different athletes service areas on one digital platform, for athletes and all related persons and institutions in the field of elite sport.