Presenters from 3 continents, participants from 30 different countries: The virtual ENOSS Conference 2021 united the world of sport schools and talent development models.

In the COVID-19 crisis, institutions across Europe were asked to come up with new strategies to navigate their systems through wild waters. The ENOSS Conference “Back on Track : New Ways” of the European Network of Sport Schools on 1-2 December 2021 aimed to help sport and education institutions share, discuss and exploit the manifold innovation that has been created across the globe during this difficult period.

Making it possible for a maximum amount of European practitioners to join, #enoss2021 took place online. Simultaneously, the conference managed to create a most interactive virtual event to enable practitioners to exchange expertise and experience – even in digital form.

Live from Luxembourg

Two rich days of keynotes, workshops and a round table marked the cornerstones of the second ENOSS Conference. Hosted by Sportlycée Luxembourg & TW1N, the event gave stage to innovative international approaches in 3 core areas, selected prior by the European dual career community itself via an online survey:

  • System Development – Thriving in the shadow of Covid: New ways of searching for both recovery and innovation: How dual career systems can use the pandemic as an incomparable opportunity to shape their growth.
  • Psychology & Counselling – Dancing on the tightrope: New ways of fostering well-being: How dual career systems can provide resources for student-athletes to develop a balanced lifestyle in the light of change and challenge.
  • Talent Development – Re-imagining dreams: New ways of accompanying dropouts: How dual career systems can take responsibility to help student-athletes discover meaningful opportunities after changing their education or sporting pathway.

“As this year’s host, we wanted different professional backgrounds to come together in this conference. Looking at our programme, we were proud to present such a variety of topics and experts. Bringing in sport school perspectives from other continents was the icing on the cake of this event.”
Pascal Schaul, #enoss2021 host

Envisaging the 2030 sport school

In the conference keynote, South African expert Ruan Schlebusch took a close look at modern fundamentals of student-athlete support. Do these look different in a post-Covid world to what they did in 2020? He proclaimed that the time we were in was a golden opportunity for institutions to reflect, reset and move forward to make a positive impact in their unique setting.

“In this time of rapid change, there must be inevitable rapid change in the student-athlete support landscape too.”
Ruan Schlebusch, #enoss2021 keynote speaker

Behind the scenes of #enoss2021

Bringing together a consortium of experts representing versatile professional backgrounds, the round table “Envisaging the 2030 sport school” lid up spaces of dual career support with particular potential for optimisation, leering at an ideal institutional picture of the future.

“Sharing an ethics of support across the different stakeholders within their system, building an overall concept and then living this concept is key for sport schools and talent development models.”
Raymond Conzemius, #enoss2021 panelist

Thank you to every participant for making #enoss2021 a most colourful mix of international ideas and perspectives.

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