The European Dual Career Toolkit launched at STARTING 11 Conference

A festival of dual career: Delegates from 17 different countries attended the STARTING 11 Conference on 12 May 2022 in the Amsterdam Olympic Stadium, co-hosted by the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences & TW1N.

Policy-makers, programme coordinators, sport coaches, researchers, academics, teachers, psychologists, career counsellors, lifestyle advisors, player development managers, and of course athletes: The variety of dual career stakeholders gathering last week in Amsterdam is living proof for the steadily growing importance of the dual career topic in the European Union.

“I am following the project since the very beginning, and I was looking forward to this conference for a long time.”
Kristiana Kazandzhieva, Bulgaria

In his keynote, TW1N CEO & Founder Wolfgang Stockinger lid the EU dimension of dual careers, both from an athlete and an environmental perspective. He presented dual career development environments as “interactive patterns of beliefs, expectations, motives, disciplines, communication processes, services, ethical standards, traditions, and cultures”. Transforming a theoretical dual career concept into effective action is consequently a complex task, likewise on athlete, practitioner and programme level.

Launch of the European Dual Career Toolkit

More than a third of EU member states rate their status & development of dual career arrangements as negative (European Commission, 2017). When asked for the reasons, these are 3 main implementation barriers mentioned (STARTING 11, 2019):

  • A lack of policy and formalised programmes,
  • a lack of dual career awareness, understanding in combination with a limited stakeholder engagement,
  • and a lack of counselling programmes in place.

This is exactly where the EU-funded project STARTING 11 comes into play. Its European Dual Career Toolkit assists institutions in sport, education and the labour market to implement effective dual career services for athletes. As a digital ecosystem of dual career practice, the toolkit is based on these aforementioned concrete barriers, roots in the practice of some of Europe’s leading institutions in dual career support, and is translatable into different dual career development environments. The toolkit is now freely accessible on starting11.eu.‍

A self-tailored day

The festival format of the conference gave the delegates the chance to “customize” their own conference. At the event, they could move freely between thematic areas based on which offers were most relevant to their dual career practice:

  • 3 different Tool Workshops areas helped to get to know the European Dual Career Toolkit in detail. STARTING 11 experts explained how selected tools could be applied in the daily dual career work. International practitioners provided associated examples of dual career practice.
  • The Athlete-Student Stories area saw the world-class athletes Larissa Klaassen (Paralympic Cycling), Cees Juffermans (Short Track) and Johan Kenkhuis (Swimming) share game-changing moments of their dual career.
  • The Speed-Dating & Networking area served as an open space for attendees to meet and exchange. On top, Stadium Tours gave the chance to go explore one of the most iconic buildings in European sport.

In the closing Round Table discussion led by Cees Vervoorn, the panellists Florencia van Houdt (European Commission – DG for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture), Larissa Klaassen (Paralympic Cycling), David McDermott (Liverpool John Moores University), and Laurent Carnol (National Olympic Committee Luxembourg) reflected upon future steps the dual career topic was required to take in the EU. Increasing the sport coaches’ buy-in and active support for holistic athlete development was addressed by several panellists and members of the audience.

“I learned a lot and I really love that the toolkit that was presented today is very hands-on.”
Joost van Westing, The Netherlands

Watch the official aftermovie

Our STARTING 11 Conference Aftermovie captures the essence of the event which, thanks to athletes, practitioners and policy-makers, turned into an international celebration of dual career.

Ⓒ STARTING 11 YouTube

 

 


A Festival of Dual Career - Register now!

12 May 2022 at the Amsterdam Olympic Stadium: Registration for the STARTING 11 Conference, co-hosted by the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences & TW1N, has opened this week. 

Taking place at one of the most iconic buildings in European sport, the STARTING 11 Conference 2022 will introduce an innovative format by being organised like a festival. At the conference, attendees can move freely between thematic areas and parallel sessions. You are able to choose on-site which offers are most relevant to your dual career practice.

Explore the European Dual Career Toolkit first-hand. Attend presentations & workshops of international dual career experts and high-performance athletes. Or network with like-minded professionals from across the EU. Your conference, your choice!

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, the conference is free of charge. Find all information and register on the STARTING 11 conference page. Tickets are limited!

Photo © Roos Aldershoff

 

 


Conference day dual career

TW1N speaks at the European Sport Platform 2021

On 21-23 October 2021, the 4th ENGSO European Sport Platform was held in Vilnius, Lithuania. TW1N Founder & CEO Wolfgang Stockinger was invited to speak about "Dual career support in practice". 

Hosted by the Lithuanian Sports University and Lithuanian Union of Sports Federations, and organised in partnership with the European Lotteries (EL), European Association for Sport Management (EASM) and the EU-funded project CHAMP, the conference was dedicated to the theme "Inspire Innovation in Grassroots Sports". Dual career served as one core topic of the event.

In his speech, Wolfgang Stockinger showcased the innovative methodology of Respect Your Talent, a talent support programme co-developed by the European Handball Federation (EHF) and TW1N.  Alongside his presentation, he gave the organisers a flash interview on the importance of a dual career for athletes. Read the interview here.

ENGSO Speakers Card of Wolfgang Stockinger


STARTING 11 Conference

Postponement of the STARTING 11 Conference

Recent pandemic-related developments and predictions in many European countries and, linked, the institutional travel regulations of stakeholders in dual career have led to the postponement of the STARTING 11 Conference.

STARTING 11 strives for maximum impact and legacy. Correspondingly, our conference originally planned for 19 November at the Amsterdam Olympic Stadium does not only aim to present the European Dual Career Toolkit to the public. It furthermore incorporates practical workshops for dual career practitioners within an interactive and inter-cultural setting on-site.

To make it possible for a maximum amount of people to benefit from the event, we have therefore decided with a heavy heart to postpone the STARTING 11 Conference. Thank you to the substantial number of dual career practitioners who had already pre-registered for the conference. Your pre-registration stays valid. In November, we will announce the new event date.


Amsterdam Olympic Stadium STARTING 11

STARTING 11 Conference in the Amsterdam Olympic Stadium

We are delighted to announce that the STARTING 11 Conference will take place on 19 November 2021 in the historic Amsterdam Olympic Stadium, site of the Olympic Games 1928.

Get to know the value of the European Dual Career Toolkit first-hand. Attend free workshops delivered by acknowledged dual career experts. Network with like-minded professionals from across the EU. And experience one of the most iconic buildings in European sport. The STARTING 11 Conference 2021 will represent a unique platform for the international dual career and athlete support community.

Taking part is everything

Tickets will be limited. Therefore, secure your early-bird ticket by pre-registering for the event via email to info@starting11.eu. The full conference programme will be published in September 2021.


TW1N Erasmus+ Sport Call

TW1N as your partner in Erasmus+ Sport projects

Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. The funding scheme represents a unique opportunity to the field of sport. TW1N has longtime experience in leading, partnering, advising or evaluating Erasmus+ projects. For the new call of proposals, we are interested in contributing to an innovative sport project as a partner institution.

After the adoption of the EU Work Plan for Sport 2021-2024 by the Council of the EU, regulation details for the 2021 Erasmus+ Sport call for proposals were announced at the Sport Info Day Regarding this call, we are open to collaboration options in the newly introduced formats of "cooperation partnerships" or "small-scale partnerships" (KA 2).

Currently, TW1N is involved in 2 Erasmus+ projects. Together with the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, we co-lead STARTING 11 which is about to create the very first European Dual Career Toolkit. Furthermore, TW1N is the consulting partner of the international athlete entrepreneurship training AtLAS - Athletes as Entrepreneurs. In addition, TW1N just served as the external evaluator of the project AMiD - Athletic Migration in Dual Career.

"TW1N is a most valuable partner in our EU sport projects. With their unique expertise and passion, they contribute significantly to our mission of strategically developing the entrepreneurial competences of athletes."

Elizabeta Valentic, Project manager, FH Joanneum, University of Applied Sciences Graz

Get in touch

If you are an institution that is interested to discuss a potential participation of TW1N in your upcoming project, please contact us via office@tw1n.eu. Find details on our work with EU projects here.


STARTING 11 initiates test phase

The EU project STARTING 11 powered by TW1N has reached a crucial step in its development: For the first time, its European Dual Career Toolkit will be put to the test by a manifold group of international dual career stakeholders.

Built by interdiscliplinary teams of European dual career experts, the European Dual Career Toolkit contains a large number of ready-made, yet fully customizable, tools in 3 different areas of dual career services: Manage, Counsel and Train.

  • The Manage tools help build the political, theoretical and infrastructural know-how to implement and administrate dual career services as well as to efficiently communicate towards the most relevant dual career stakeholders.
  • The Train tools help prepare, sensitize and empower athletes by providing them with knowledge, inspiration and skills to successfully pursue their dual careers.
  • The Counsel tools help professionalize inter-personal counselling services to foster the coping, decision-making and planning ability of athletes in times of fundamental change and transition.

The testers

The test phase of the project is conducted to ensure that the tools are comprehensible, applicable and impactful when it comes to dual career practice in Europe. The following institutions will collaborate with STARTING 11 in this period:

In the upcoming three months, these institutions will gain exclusive access to the tool prototypes to test them in their daily operations. Their feedback will support the refinement of the tools, before the European Dual Career Toolkit will officially be published in December 2021. Find out more at the official website of STARTING 11.

TW1N has a broad track record as a trusted partner of EU projects in sport, education and youth. Click here to see what TW1N can do for your project.


AtLAS - Athletes as entrepreneurs website

Website launch: AtLAS goes live

AtLAS is a novel European entrepreneurship training for athletes powered by TW1N. This week, the website of the EU-funded project was launched.

Athletes have an outstanding potential to become high-performing business men and women. In their sporting career, they acquire extraordinary skills that are also crucial to entrepreneurial success. In this context, athletes engaging in entrepreneurship is not a novel phenomenon. However, what are their main motivators for this engagement? Research offers the following (not exhaustive) list of crucial motivational aspects:

  • Exploiting the existing athlete brand: Athletes can build on their success by using their name and persona in a business venture.
  • Dealing with uncertainty: Self-employment is appealing as it offers independence and fulfilment during times of transition.
  • Advantage of social capital: Athletes have key resources available to them in terms of knowledge, potential financial resources and influential contacts from their established social, professional and charitable relationships.
  • First-hand experience of gaps: Athletes experience possible gaps in certain markets first-hand and can create novel solutions and change for future generations of athletes.
  • Societal motivations: Some athletes are motivated by the opportunity to create change for minorities, women or the less fortunate by putting the influence they have to good use or give back to their communities.

New website

The compact training of AtLAS offers athletes across Europe the chance to combine high-level sport and top-class entrepreneurship education. AtLAS will be designed in the form of a joint venture of international academics in the field of sport & entrepreneurship and dual career experts coming from 6 different countries. TW1N acts as the consultant of the EU-funded project.

This week, the brand new website of AtLAS was launched. On athletesasentrepreneurs.eu you can find first information on the training which will start run its first course free of charge in October 2021.

References

  • Ali, H. S., Shahid, N., Javed, I. S., & Jawaria, K. (2018): Challenges that Make/Break the Athlete’s quest to become an entrepreneur: A qualitative study about fans’ perceptions
  • Bosma, N., Hessels, J., Schutjens, V. Van Praag, M., & Verheul, I. (2012): Entrepreneurship and role models
  • González-Serrano, M.H., Valantine, I., Crespo-Hervás, J., Pérez-Campos, C. and Calabuig-Moreno, F. (2018): Sports university education and entrepreneurial intentions: a comparison between Spain and Lithuania
  • LoRé, Michael (2019): Dale Moss' Mission To Empower Disadvantaged Entrepreneurs
  • Puyana, M., Gálvez-Ruiz, P., Sánchez-Oliver, A. and Fernández, J. (2019): Intentions of entrepreneurship in sports science higher education: gender the moderator effect
  • Ratten, V., & Miragaia, D. (2020): Entrepreneurial passion amongst female athletes

 


Elite swimmer

New EU project AtLAS - Athletes as Entrepreneurs

AtLAS is a pioneering entrepreneurship training for athletes. An innovative start-up course serves to enhance both the theoretical and practical competences of high-level athletes across Europe who are considering to found their own business; now or at a later stage of life. TW1N is honoured to counsel the strategic development of AtLAS which will run its first training in October 2021.

Athletes make great entrepreneurs

Skills cultivated on any playing field serve athletes beyond their sporting careers, also when it comes to entrepreneurship. AtLAS supports athletes in pursuing their business ambitions. The training approach will offer athletes a most flexible and hands-on study approach to learn new skills and advance their careers.

AtLAS aims to strengthen athletes’ knowledge about starting and running a business, foster entrepreneurial spirit among European athletes and sport governing bodies, connect spheres of higher education and sport to foster dual career pathways of athletes, and, increase the number of well-prepared company creations.

The consortium

AtLAS represents a joint venture of academics in the field of sport and entrepreneurship and dual career practitioners, uniting the following international institutions:

AtLAS logo

Compact, flexible, free of charge

Just as in sport, AtLAS focuses on what is essential to success. Athletes will be provided with the most innovative methods in entrepreneurship. The blended learning concept will consist of obligatory online and optional on-site training. The virtual modules are delivered via a 5-weeks MOOC (massive open online course), freely accessible for athletes across Europe and beyond. The optional on-site courses are held at 6 selected European universities in Austria, Denmark, Italy, The Netherlands, Scotland and Slovenia.

Moreover, an accompanying mentoring programme in cooperation with European business experts will support the participants in further shaping their business ideas. The final AtLAS pitching event in Amsterdam will give an extraordinary stage to the most thrilling business ideas of European athletes.

Graduates of AtLAS will be awarded an EQF 4 certificate. Funded by the European Union, the training is free of charge. The full programme is available to athletes recognized by a sport-governing body, or another accredited body, as competing at minimum national level.

If you are an athlete interested in joining AtLAS, please get in touch with us to register as an early bird.

 

Dual Career Counsellor and athlete

Tools for dual career counsellors

The dual career-related counselling of athletes in the EU is delivered by a variety of practitioners. In the EU survey of STARTING 11, European dual career stakeholders expressed a strong request for their upskilling.

Consequently, in the upcoming European Dual Career Toolkit, STARTING 11 will build tools for the service area of "Counsel". This area is dedicated to help professionalize inter-personal counselling services to foster the coping, decision-making and planning ability of athletes in times of fundamental change and transition. The tools will target practitioners such as career counsellors, lifestyle advisors, athlete development managers, (sport) psychologists or pedagogic personnel of sport or education institutions.

Based on our longtime experience in counselling athletes across Europe, TW1N's founder & CEO Wolfgang Stockinger is honoured to lead a group of experts who are about to create the Counsel tools. The consortium represents a unique collaboration of members from 6 countries: Emma Vickers (United Kingdom, TASS), Dennis van Vlaanderen (The Netherlands, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences), Francois Hout-Marchand (France, CREPS Toulouse), Laurent Carnol (Luxembourg, Luxembourg Institute for High Performance in Sport) and Ole Keldorf (Denmark, EAS).

Dual career counselling

The whole-person-athlete

Following the group's kick off in May 2019, the first stage of the groups' approach, the group focused on investigating the concrete service demand of EU practitioners in the area of dual career counselling. In this course, two of an athlete's most challenging dual career transitions were identified as particularly benefiting from professional counselling support; on the one hand at the end of their school education when deciding for a subsequent dual career project; on the other hand at the end of their high performance sporting career when initiating post-athletic life.

Given the EU diversity of national standards in counselling and, simultaneously, the variety of training backgrounds of people providing inter-personal services to athletes, the group's European approach has to be built on minimum criteria for counselling.

The Counsel tools will be based on well-proven processes used in leading European systems, primarily targeting beginning practitioners who have limited experience in delivering counselling support to athletes. Our tools intend to give a boost to their practical work, while, by no means, replace profound specific training. In addition, the STARTING 11 tools can also valuable to more experienced practitioners who want to expand their knowledge, or experts who seek further inspiration in the field of dual career practice.

Wanted: testing partners

In autumn 2020, the first versions of our counselling tools shall be tested by selected European stakeholders in sport, education or the labour market. If you are interested in becoming a testing partner of STARTING 11, please get in touch with TW1N via Email by 30 April 2020.