Case study: STARTING 11

THE EUROPEANDUAL 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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