STARTING 11

Case study: STARTING 11

THE EUROPEAN
DUAL CAREER TOOLKIT

STARTING 11 assists institutions in sport, education and the labour market to boost the implementation of dual career services for athletes.

Dual career programmes depend on the quality of implementation at professional levels close to the athlete. However, in 2017, more than one third of the EU member states self-rated their status and development of support arrangements as negative (European Commission, 2017).

The EU-funded project STARTING 11 in cooperation with TW1N tackles this problem by creating the very first European Dual Career Toolkit which helps dual career stakeholders implement effective athlete services.

In the EU, the number of athletes in need of dual career services adds up to more than 120.000 in every Olympic cycle (European Commission, 2016). From talented level and elite sport to the transition to post-athletic life, the quality of provided dual career support services are of vital importance to athletes.

STARTING 11 caters to close the gap between policy, research and practice. Positioned between the EU Guidelines on Dual Careers of Athletes (European Commission, 2012) and local/regional/national dual career stakeholders wanting to adopt these guidelines, the project contributes to professionalize the European dual career environment. Essentially, the European Dual Career Toolkit aims to facilitate the implementation of dual career services by providing a set of self-applicable tools to key actors in sport, education and the labour market:

SPORT
National Olympic Committees
High performance centres
Sport federations
Clubs
Sport academies
Player unions
Dual career organisations

EDUCATION
Sport schools
Universities
Further education institutes
Training institutes for sport coaches

LABOUR MARKET
Job agencies
Public employers of athletes
Private employers of athletes

By means of the toolkit, STARTING 11 aims to have a structural and durable impact on dual career implementation throughout the EU. The project’s integrated approach shall ultimately result in the up skilling of dual career practitioners, increased employability of athletes and a multi-directional raise of awareness across sport, education and the labour market.

References
  • European Commission (2012): EU Guidelines on Dual Careers of Athletes
  • European Commission (2016): Study on the Minimum Quality Requirements for Dual Career Services. Research report
  • European Commission (2017): Report on the state of play concerning the implementation of the EU guidelines on dual careers of athletes

TOOLS IN 4 SERVICE AREAS

The European Dual Career Toolkit provides the aforementioned key actors with a variety of tools to better support athletes in all stages of their sporting career. Our free accessible toolkit will be published in December 2021 on www.starting11.eu and is composed of a variety of practical tools spanning 4 main dual career service areas:

MANAGEMENT

focuses on promoting the political, theoretical and infrastructural know-how to implement and administrate dual career services.

FRAMEWORK

targets programmes at a school and higher education level to contribute to conditions in which dual careers can successfully be realized.

DUAL CAREER COUNSELLING

aims at inter-personal services to foster the coping, decision-making and planning ability of an athlete within times of fundamental change and transition.

COMMUNICATION

Communication caters to the identification of and efficient communication towards the most relevant dual career stakeholders.

WHAT WE OFFER

CONSULTING

We deliver expert advisory services on the implementation and further development of dual career support structures to help translate theory into effective practice.

WORKSHOPS

We upskill athletes of all ages or the staff of sport bodies and educational institutions with customized workshops and trainings.

KEYNOTES

We inspire audiences with our widely-acknowledged keynote “TW1N Perspectives” tailored to each specific conference.

DUAL CAREER NETWORKS

We provide sport systems in Europe with our global dual career network to help create tailored dual career solutions for their athletes.

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For EU Projects

CREATING
TRUE IMPACT

CREATING
TRUE IMPACT

We team up with EU projects dedicated to sport, education or youth to help make a significant difference to the international community.

The funding programmes of the European Union offer new opportunities. A wide range of beneficiaries across sectors are eligible for European funding to design and finance their projects on international level.

TW1N has a broad track record in leading, partnering and advising EU projects. Incorporating academic, practical and political expertise, we support strategic conception, thorough application and efficient implementation.

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SERVICES

  • PROJECT PREPARATION
  • PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION
  • PROJECT EVALUATION

WE SUPPORT

Erasmus+ projects in the funding areas of sport (cooperation partnerships and small-scale partnerships), education or youth.

Projects on local, regional, national or international level dedicated to human and societal development through sport and education.

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FEATURED WORK

STARTING 11:
THE EUROPEAN DUAL CAREER TOOLKIT

An EU-funded project to assist athlete environments to implement effective dual career services for athletes.

Programme: Erasmus+ Sport
Year:
2019 – 2022
Web: starting11.eu

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For Organisations

FAST-FORWARDING
SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT

FAST-FORWARDING
SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT

We assist institutions and policy-makers to design and further professionalize their athlete support programme.

Athlete environments rely on integrated support models to attract, develop and keep talent, both when it comes to athletes and staff. The establishment of impactful programmes is key to improving the overall quality of your organisation.

TW1N is the partner to systems with ambition. Our track record comprises customized advisory services, programme design, and training for sport bodies, education providers, governments or private to public employers interested in collaborating with athletes.

SERVICES

  • PROGRAMME DESIGN
  • STAFF TRAINING
  • ATHLETE WORKSHOPS
  • SYSTEM ASSESSMENT
  • KEYNOTES

WE SUPPORT

Clubs, sport federations, National Olympic Committees, high performance centers, leagues, player unions, sport agencies, lead dual career organisations

Sport schools, universities, training institutes for sport coaches, adult education providers

Job agencies for athletes, companies employing athletes, public employers with athlete squads

Federal or state ministries responsible for sport, education or labour market policies

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FEATURED WORK

RESPECT YOUR TALENT

A talent support programme co-created by the European Handball Federation & TW1N to promote the holistic development of talented players’ careers; on and off the handball court. In the programme’s pioneering approach, the world’s best handball players supported by leading field experts inspire and instruct young athletes.

Client: European Handball Federation (EHF)
Year:
2019 – running
Web: respectyourtalent.eurohandball.com

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support your system?

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For Athletes

ENABLING
MEANINGFUL
PATHWAYS

ENABLING
MEANINGFUL
PATHWAYS

We provide athletes with expert support to combine sporting, education and personal development.

Being former athletes ourselves, we understand first-hand that your journey is full of change and challenge. Making well-considered decisions, managing one’s own lifestyle and balancing sport and education become key factors to both success and well-being. Our inter-disciplinary team of experts supports you on your very individual pathway.

As one of Europe’s most experienced athlete counselling teams, we have assisted the goals of hundreds of high-performers; from young aspiring talents to world cup winners and Olympic champions. We support all sport disciplines and all stages of an athletic development, spanning from junior level to elite sport and post-athletic life.

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SERVICES

  • PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING
  • DUAL CAREER SUPPORT
  • WELL-BEING ASSISTANCE

WE SUPPORT

Talents recognized by a sport-governing body, or another accredited body, as competing at minimum federal state level.

Athletes recognized by a sport-governing body, or another accredited body, as competing at minimum national level.

Sport coaches employed by a national sport federation or a professional sport body.

Our counselling sessions are 100% confidential and tailored to every individual situation. Despite preferring to work face-to-face, sessions can also take place online on any leading digital platform. TW1N provides counselling in English, German, French and Dutch language.

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How can we support your career?

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SUPPORT YOU?

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    WHERE TO
    FIND US

    WHERE TO
    FIND US

    In striking distance to the city's international airport, the TW1N Office is located in the Stadium Salzburg, Austria.

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    About

    OUR MISSION

    OUR MISSION

    We aim to help create athlete environments that allow human talent to flourish; on and off the field of play.

    Investing in personal and vocational development means more to athletes than just a safety net for the future. Years of working with sportsmen and sportswomen have taught us that the tailored exploration of a meaningful life alongside sport is a supreme factor in well-being and, thus, athletic development.

    In short: Happy people are better athletes. Help building this link is the mission of TW1N; in favour of the athlete, in favour of the sport system, and, in favour of the international community.

    Deeply believing in the societal effects of successful dual careers, TW1N strives to fuel systemic developments across Europe. Our multi-directional services empower a wide range of key actors.

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    MEET TW1N

    MEET TW1N

    The European heart of TW1N beats in Austria. Rooting in leading practice, fueled by applied research and directed by athlete culture, our approach makes use of a long-established global network of dual career experts and organisations.

    FOUNDER & CEO

    Wolfgang Stockinger Founder & CEO TW1N

    In his professional life, Wolfgang has impacted the personal pathways of hundreds of European athletes. Moreover, he has provided advisory services to international policy-makers, sport systems, educational institutes and EU-funded projects.

    The management consultant, psychological counsellor, academic sport coach and former professional football player is an internationally acknowledged expert in the world of sport and education.

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    EXPERT NETWORK

    The strategic inclusion of specialized associates ensures a customized service matching the exact demands of our clients.

    Ruan is the Managing Director of Sportsthink 360 and National Player Development Manager for the South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA). The cosmopolitan is a leading African expert for talented athlete support and personal development of athletes.

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    Dennis is the Manager of the Topsport Academy Amsterdam and steering group member of the Dutch national dual career network for universities (FLOT). The former professional canoeist is a policy expert on school and higher education level.

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    Stephanie is the Founder & CEO of Salzburg Lernt, an Austrian learning institute for children and young adults. The multi-linguist is an experienced expert in educational support of aspiring athletes.

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    Philipp is the Head of the Communication Department at the SLZB, Germany’s biggest sport school. The global networker is the co-initiator of the European Network of Sport School (ENOSS).

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    DUAL CAREERS
    IN SPORT

    EMPOWERING
    DUAL CAREERS
    IN SPORT

    We are not sport OR education. We are TW1N. We are the first Europe-wide dual career consultancy.

    We are not sport OR education. We are TW1N. We are the first Europe-wide dual career consultancy.

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    CONSULTING

    FOR ORGANISATIONS

    Fast-forwarding system development. We assist institutions and policy-makers to design and further professionalize their athlete support programme.

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    FOR ATHLETES

    Guiding growth beyond the game. We provide athletes with expert support to combine sporting, education and personal development.

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    COLLABORATION

    FOR EU PROJECTS

    Creating true impact. We team up with EU projects dedicated to sport, education or youth to help make a significant difference to the international community.

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    CONSULTING

    FOR ORGANISATIONS

    FOR ORGANISATIONS

    Fast-forwarding system development. We assist institutions and policy-makers to design and further professionalize their athlete support programme.

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    COUNSELLING

    FOR ATHLETES

    FOR ATHLETES

    Guiding growth beyond the game. We provide athletes with expert support to combine sporting, education and personal development.

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    COLLABORATION

    FOR EU PROJECTS

    FOR EU PROJECTS

    Creating true impact. We team up with EU projects dedicated to sport, education or youth to help make a significant difference to the international community.

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    support you?

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