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
EU funded projects
On September 24, 2018, EACEA published the results of the selected proposals for ERASMUS+ SPORT 2018 to be started on January 1, 2019. Out of 18 proposal under the Priority 2 – Dual career & Volunteering, 15 projects have been funded specifically on dual career, with EAS Partner of :
Dual Career for wOmeN Athletes – DONA (Coordinator: AE CARLES VALLBONA, Spain);
Media as a channel of Athletes’ Dual Careers promotion and education – EDU-MEDIA (Coordinator: LIETUVOS SPORTO UNIVERSITETAS, Lithuania);
More than Gold (Coordinator: LATVIJAS UNIVERSITATE, Latvia);
STARTING 11 “The European Dual Career Toolkit” (Coordinator: STICHTING HOGESCHOOL VAN AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands).
Furthermore, under the Priority 1 (HEPA & European Week of Sport) EAS is Partner of the project Sport Opens School – SOS (Coordinator: CENTRO UNIVERSITARIO SPORTIVO – CUSPADOVA – ASSOCIAZIONE SPORTIVA DILETTANTISTICA, Italy).
More information on the selected ERASMUS+ SPORT 2018 proposals ia available at https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/actions/sport/collaborative-partnerships_en
The 15th Annual Conference including the General Assembly of the EAS network was hosted in the historical lecture hall within the Museum of Natural Science at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, between September 12 and 14, 2018.
Welcome speech was given by the by the Rector of the University of Coimbra his Magnifizienz Prof. dr. Joao Gabriel Silva and the EAS President Prof. Laura Capranica.
The conference consisted of several main topics on Globalisation, Dialectic Relationship between Sports and School Systems, and University Sport. The last day was dedicated to the General Assembly, and also included the fourth session on Sport and Governance.
Among the keynote speakers were also Professor at the University of Central Florida Mr Carlton Keith Harrison (USA), International Relations Officer of the University of Coimbra Ms Liliana Moreira, Representative of the Portuguese General Direction of Education Mr Victor Pardal, Representative of the Portuguese Union of Professional Football Players Mr Bruno Avelar Rosa (POR) and Policy Officer at the Sport Unit of the European Commission Ms Agata Dziarnowska.
Secretary General of the European Universities Games Coimbra 2018, Mr Mario Santos presented the New trends for the University Sport, including good practice example of the European Universities Games 2018 (EUG2018), also supporting the EAS Conference and Assembly as one of the educational events during the event year in Coimbra.
At the elective EAS General Assembly, the members confirmed the report of the board and the financial report. Executive committee, lead by the President Ms Laura Capranica, was re-elected for another 4-year mandate. Minutes of the General Assembly can be seen here.
At the Assembly, also the Bengt Nybelius Award was presented to young researchers Ms Kinga Varga (University of Ljubljana) and Giancarlo Condello (University of Taipei).
The Conference ended up with a presentation of the representatives of the Dalarna University and the City of Falun (Sweden). Lead by Mrs. Marit Nybelius, the daughter of one of the two EAS founders, Mr. Bengt Nybelius, who passed by much to early, gave an overview on the beautiful city of Falun and the research and facilities at Dalarna University, who will host the 16th Annual EAS Conference from 18th-20th September 2019.
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One day prior to the 15th Annual EAS Conference, the 2nd meeting of the EU project EMPATIA, more information see here: https://www.empatiasport.eu/about, takes place in the University of Coimbra.
15 representatives of each project partner meet in the historical “Biblioteca Geral” on top the University’s campus to discuss the actual project status and till now collected data, for example from the literature review. In addition to that, the group discussed the next research design based on the results of the focus group studies.
On June 12-13, 2018, EAS has been invited to the European Conference “Sport for All as a means of integration and a bridge between traditions and innovation” held in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Conference has been organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and co-funded under the Erasmus+ programme.
The event encompassed three main topics: “How to promote physical activity through tradition and innovation”; “Traditional sports – opportunities for improving health through the practice of physical activity”; “Innovation in sport”. More information, the presentations, and photos can be found at the website of the Bulgarian Ministry of Youth and Sports:
If you want to learn more about what is going on in the field of Dual Career and what EAS is involved in actually, join the 15th EAS Conference, which will take place in Coimbra/Portugal from 12th to 14 September.
Dear EAS Members and Friends, the EAS Executive Committee wishes you an Easter full of joy and peace! Easter is also an occasion to update you on the most recent EAS activities.
President Laura Capranica and Secretary General Joerg Foerster represented EAS in the kick off meeting of the EU-funded EMPATIA project (January 25-27; Rome, Italy). Coordinated by the University of Ljubljana and involving EAS, the University of Rome Foro Italico, the University of Limerick, the University of Coimbra, INSEP, EUSA, CONI, Sport Ireland Institute, and Ginasio Clube Figueirense, EMPATIA aims to structure an evidence-based e-learning multi-lingual educational programme specifically tailored for dual career parenting.
EAS was present at the EU SPORTinfoday (January 30, Brussels, Belgium), represented by President Laura Capranica, Secretary General Joerg Foerster, and Treasurer Mojca Doupona-Topic. The event provided useful information on funding opportunities in 2018 (more information is available at: http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/home/erasmus-plus/actions/sport_en) and allowed to envision projects. Therefore, at present EAS and several EAS members are finalizing Cooperative Partnerships applications on dual career to be submitted on April 5, 2018.
President Laura Capranica represented EAS at the kick off meeting of the EU-funded AMID project (February 6-10, 2018; Salzburg, Austria), which aims to facilitate the athletic and academic careers (e.g., dual career) of migrating athletes by envisioning DC mobility measures. The project is coordinated by the University of Salzburg, and involves EAS, the University Sport Service of Hamburg (represented by EAS Secretary General Joerg Foerster), the Lapland University of Applied Science, the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, and the University of Ljubljana.
Honorary President Tibor Kozsla attended the first meeting of the Expert Group Skills and Human Resources Development in Sport (XG HR) in the City of Bath, United Kingdom, on February 20 to 22, 2018. The main goal of the XG HR is to promote the development the European dimension of sport, including the implementation of dual career of athletes.
On February 26, President Laura Capranica illustrated the aims and activities of EAS at the Institute of Sports Sciences of the University of Taipei, which is the top research-based graduate program of Taiwan.
EAS has been invited to attend the 2018 EU Sport Forum “Sport in Europe, Investing for Future Generations” in Sofia, which welcomed around 350 relevant policy makers and stakeholders in the European sport. This event represents the main European platform for international relations and promotion of cooperation. Further information is available at:
On March 29-30 EAS has been invited at the University of Trento to present dual career issues and EAS activities at the Italian Forum ‘Sports and University in Italy and in Europe’.
Upcoming events: Invitations to relevant University Sports events include the Rectors’ Conference ‘Organization and Management Model of University Sport’ organized during the 2018 EUSA Games (Coimbra, Portugal; July 14-15, 2018) and the 2018 FISU Forum ‘Student Sport: Springboard for Innovative Leadership’ (Krasnoyarsk, Russian Federation; August 6-11, 2018), which represent relevant opportunities to highlight the relevance of combining academic and sport careers.
As Member of the Consultative Committee of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) EAS will participate in the Joint Meeting of the Governing Board and Consultative Committee of the Council of Europe to be held in Strasburg on May 14-15, 2018.
Finally, the 14th EAS Annual Conference will take place from 12th -14th of September 2018 in Coimbra, Portugal. The Conference will allow EAS members to share best practices, information on the recently EU-funded projects on Dual Career, and to attend the scientific presentation awarded the Bengt Nybelius Scholarship. Furthermore, the 2018 General Assembly will elect the EAS President and Executive Committee.
Surely, these achievements and recognitions of the EAS role in the development of the European dual career could not have been possible without the contribution of the Executive Committee and the Members of our Network.
I strongly encourage you to disseminate on the EAS website (www.dualcareer.eu) the activities carried out at local, regional and national levels and to be proactive in the recruitment of new EAS members, who could further contribute to the enhancement of European dual career.
Prof. Laura CAPRANICA,
“Athletic migration: dual career and qualification in sports”
The project will deal with the question of how those athletes can successfully manage a dual career in academic education and competitive sports, whose competitive sports conditions include frequent changes of location or training in other places than their own home base, such as in water sports or winter sports.
On the one hand, the goal is to draw up recommendations for supporting structures, on the other hand, to convey the perspectives of the topic and at the same time solution approaches to the stakeholders from sports, politics and education. The biggest challenge is certainly that in the EU Member States completely different support systems work, as by previous EU projects such. “Dual Career Quality Framework”, already demonstrated.
The project is funded by the EU from the ERASMUS + in Sport for Collaborative Partnerships, runs for over 3 years until 2020 and under the direction of the University of Salzburg (AUT) as a “project lead”, includes the following partners:
• University Sport Service Hamburg (GER)
• Lapland University of Applied Sciences (FIN)
• University of Ljubljana (SLO)
• University of Cassino and Southern Lazio (ITA)
• European Athlete as Student Network (MLT)
• EAS – Athlete as Student Network (MLT)
Results from the AMID project and other EU projects with a focus on dual careers, are supposed to develop the next step in creating an European mindset of an athlete friendly supporting environment to full fill the needs of a DUAL CAREER.
The project website “www.amid-project.eu” will show the project progress from mid-March on.
The University Isabel 1, seated in the city of Burgos (Spain), is looking for additional partners, to launch an ERASMUS+ collaborative partnership project focussing on education for Dual Career Mentors.
The project aims to develop a training programme for dual-career mentors, in order to qualify them to provide informed advice and support to athletes throughout their sport career, right from the start (from secondary education trough to higher education). General idea is, to create a programme which will offer comprehensive training, valid both for athletes (and mentors-to-be) with or without disabilities.
In addition to the University Isabel 1, three partner institutions from club sector from Greece, Italy and Portugal are already willing to participate.
University Isabel 1 by that reason is looking for additional partners active in sports, and sport education. Previous experience in EU or international projects is a strong asset. Partners must be from Erasmus + program countries.
See the project description with contact data. EN_Mentors for Dual Careers_Abstract
Between January 25 and 27, 2018, the EU-funded ERASMUS+ project EMPATIA, had its kickoff meeting in Rome at Foro Italico, University of Rome.
EMPATIA – Education Model for Parents of AThletes In Academics will run from January 2018 till December 2020. The focus is on information about the roles of parents and entourage of athletes during their dual careers, and aims to offer online education tools in several languages for that specific supporting group of stakeholders (e.G. European Guidelines of Dual Career)
For that project 10 partners, representing 6 european countries, from higher education sector, club sector, governing and sports bodies and two European networks decided to apply together. The project lead is taken by the University of Ljubljana (SLO), partners are:
Starting with outcomes of preliminary findings in the field, the kick-off meeting aimed to bring the partners and their individual approach on the project to a common mind, discussed the working packages and related timelines and the proposed deliverables of the project. A strong focus was on the dissemination strategies, which will be crucial for the success.
Feel invited to follow the project development via #empatiasport. Project website www.empatiasport.eu will be launched in February 2018.