Elite sports requires high volumes of training and competition during which the athlete is also actively involved in studying and/or working. Thus, the term “Dual Career” refers to the combination of sports and academic careers of elite athletes.
On behalf of FISU and the European Athlete as Student (EAS) network the expertise and knowledge in Dual Career of student athletes have been considered very valuable in assisting EAS and FISU to gather information on the challenges, opportunities, services, policies, programmes and initiatives facilitating the dual career of the participants in the 2017 Taipei Summer Universiade.
The time and effort in completing the on-line questionnaire would be greatly appreciated by the organizing researchers. The contribution will be anonymous and data collected will be presented as group findings in future print publications and on the FISU and EAS official websites.
In case of questions on any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The questionnaire can be found here.
On July 24, 2017, the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency has published the results for the call Erasmus+Sport-Call for proposals EAC/A03/2016.
The recent call focused the following priorities:
– Health-enhanching psysical activity and the European Week of Sport;
– Dual career & Volunteering;
– Combatting doping and match-fixing – Good governance;
– Social inclusion & Combatting violence, racism and discrimination;
Applications could have been submitted for Not-for-profit European sport events, Small Collaborative partnerships and Collaborative partnerships. 160 projects have been selected for funding; 66 Collaborative Partnerships, 84 Small Collaborative Partnerships and 10 Not-for-profit European sport events, and 2 additional have been placed on a reserve list.
EAS member institutions are partners or leading applicants of many of the 15 selected projects in the field Collaborative partnerships – Group of priorities 2 (Dual career & Volunteering)
EAS itself is an official partner in a project focussing on athletes migration: “Dual Career and qualification in sports (AMID)” submitted by the PARIS-LODRON-UNIVERSITY SALZBURG, and “Education Model for Parents of AThletes In Academics (EMPATIA)” ABS Aarhus The EMPATIA project_correct submitted by the UNIVERSITY LJUBLJANA.
The success of that applications is based on the dedicated work of experts within the EAS network who are taking care on all aspects of athletes career development and implementation of the 2012 launched “EU Guidelines for Dual Career”.
Following the founding idea of Bengt Nybelius (SWE) and Risto Keskitalo (FIN), to build up an european wide network of institutions, which run certain programs for the “Dual Career” of athletes, the work done within the EAS network had been fundamental for the growing number of experts in the field of dual career, researches and scientific reviews and the continuously raised awareness of that issue within European Sport Policy.
The strong cooperation with the EU Sport Unit allowed EAS to be seen nowadays not just as a network of institutions than as well as a network of experts, who are willing to share their knowledge and expertise beyond each other and those institutions who are trying to develop their own strategy for dual career programs.
By that reason EAS like to emphasize researchers and experts to take part in the upcoming special issue of the journal Sport in Society (Guest Editors: Dr. Florian Kiuppis and Dr. Natalia Stambulova), titeled :“Transitions in Sport Life”.
Researchers in sport sciences are invited to send their contributions (8,000 words maximum) for a better understanding of transitions in sport, including dual career.
Further information is available at: http://www.tandfonline.com
Program for the Post Conference Day launched:
On Thursday, 14th September 2017 the “Dual Career Workshop” will take place at Ceres Park – 8000 Aarhus C. The workshop will be organized in cooperation of EAS, ESAA and Elitegymnasier.dk.
Under the headline “How to develop a Dual Career Mindset in Youth Sport – Different approaches for Athletes, Coaches, Parents, Educators and Sports Clubs”, participants will discuss Dual Career Strategies in Youth Sport – with specific focus on different roles.
Guided tour to training sessions at “the Aarhus model for Dual Career” Short presentation by different coaches.
The Post-Conference-Day is a part of Sport- Summit 2017, and participation is included in Sport Summit fee. Fee for non-Sport Summit participants DKK. 500,- ( 65 euro )
Registration for Sport Summit 2017 at: Sport Summit 2017 – Post Conference Day – Invitatation
If you want to participate in the Post-Conference Day – without participating in the SPORT-Summit 2017 – please send an email to email@example.com before September 1st 2017.
The European Union (EU) considers the “dual career” (i.e., the comination of sport and academic commitments) of elite athletes as a priority and recommends Member States to respond to the needs of this population (http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2016/573416/IPOL_STU(2016)573416_EN.pdf).
However, only a limited number of Universities, National Sports Federations, and Sports Associations adopted appropriate measures in line with the European guidelines (http://www.scuoladellosport.coni.it/images/sds/Linee_Guida_EU_Doppia_Carriera.pdf) and the minimum quality requirements for dual career services (http://www.sportknowhowxl.nl/files/2016/DualCareer.pdf).
To facilitate the recognition of student-athletes, to improve knowledge and to disseminate good practices of dual career, in 2004 the European Athlete as Student (EAS, http://www.dualcareer.eu) network has been established and currently acts as a stakeholder of the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of Europe (http://www.kinsi.si/clanki.php?id=284).
In particular, EAS intends to develop European projects and disseminate scientific research on dual careers (http://www.kinsi.si/clanki.php?id=286) by encouraging the participation of its Members in partnerships within the Erasmus + Sport program (http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/calls/eac-a03-2016-sport-2017_en ) and the Bengt Nybelius scholarship for researchers under the age of 40 (EAS_C4P_Bengt-Nybelius-Scholarship), respectively.
To pursue its aims, EAS organizes an annual conference to:
Institutions who are challenged by the Dual Career of their pupils/students are invited to be a member of EAS to foster the process of dual career in Europe. Furthermore, EAS would be pleased if that invitation could be forward /shared to other stakeholders (e.g., Universities, High Schools, National Sports Federations, Sports Associations) in countries of those recognizing it.
The membership to the EAS is institutional, requests an annual membership fee of just € 150 and can be posted on the EAS website: http://www.dualcareer.eu/membership/.
We hereby like to invite interested experts and those who want to become experts to participate in the XIV Annual Conference of the EAS to be held in Aarhus, Denmark from September 12 to 14, 2017 during the Sport Summit 2017 organized by the University of Aarhus in collaboration with ENSE, SNE and ICCE (https://kongresk.eventsair.com/ense/registration/Site/Register).
In particular, we like to inform you, that registrations prior to July 01, 2017 will benefit from a early-bird discount. (prolonged from 15th June)
We do hope, that you will be proactive in implementing dual career of student-athletes in your countries, EAS will be available for further information and support.
On behalf of EAS, sincerely yours,
Laura Capranica (EAS President), Joerg Foerster (EAS Secretary General)
On June 7, 2017 EAS participated to the final meeting of the Erasmus + ESTPORT project held at UCAM University in Murcia, Spain.
The UCAM – ES coordinated the ESTport project aimed at developing an innovative tutorship for the dual career of student-sthletes, in partnership with the University of Malta – MT, The University of Thessaly – GR, The University of Rome Foro Italico – IT, The Trinity College of the Leeds University – UK, and the University Europa Community Ltd.
The President of the UCAM, Dr. Josè Luis Mendoza Prez, and the coordinator of the project, Dr. Antonio Sanchez Pato, opened the final event, which was attended by the Secretary of State for Sport Spanish Government, the President of the Spanish Olympic Committee and the Olympic athletes enrolled at UCAM.
In addition to the dissemination of the projects results, the event included also roundtables with the student-athletes on their real experiences, with the ESTport members on the future lines of work, with the European stakeholders on the future of dual career in Europe.
In particular, with Agata Dziarnowska – European Commission, Claudia Bokel – ADECCO, Rossana Ciuffetti – School of Sports of the Italian Olympic Committee, Miguel Torregrosa Alvarez – the University of Barcelona, and Sergio Lopez- Andujac – PROAD-CSD, the President of EAS, Laura Capranica, discussed the improvements of the dual career of student-athletes in the last decade, the life of a high performance athlete who wants to study at the university, the barriers to develop the dual-career political framework, and the dual career roadmap from different perspectives.
The project results are reported in the handbook “An Innovative European Sports Tutorship Model of the Dual Career of Student-Athletes”, Edited by Sánchez Pato A., Isidori E., Calderón A., and Brunton J.
Bengt Nybelius, 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 “2017 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.
Please see the added paper: EAS_C4P_Bengt-Nybelius-Scholarship.
Requests of further information, if needed, could be addressed to info(a) dualcareer.eu
We are looking forward to receiving your application!
The Board of EAS
EAS produced the following papers about “Dual Career” as an issue of scientific research in general: