New website RESPECT YOUR TALENT

Introducing the new digital home of RESPECT YOUR TALENT

RESPECT YOUR TALENT is a trailblazing talent support programme co-created by the European Handball Federation (EHF) and TW1N to promote the holistic development of talented players’ careers; on and off the handball court. This week, the brand new online environment of RESPECT YOUR TALENT was launched on the Home of Handball.

In the programme’s pioneering approach, the world’s best handball players supported by leading field experts inspire and instruct young athletes covering topics such as dual career, well-being, integrity of sport, media or sports law. Furthermore, the programme will serve as a central source of competence, assisting the European handball family with training, research and network opportunities to foster sustainable pathways of aspiring players.

"Handball talents who dedicate themselves to a competitive pathway deserve to be supported. While a pleasure, I feel also honoured to play a part in this programme."

Stefan Lövgren - RESPECT YOUR TALENT Ambassador

 

New online activities in 2021

RESPECT YOUR TALENT has found its dedicated space on the Home of Handball of the EHF. Handball talents, their sporting, academic and private entourage, as well as interested fans can find a wealth of information regarding the programme’s unique activities. The digital environment thereby offers new possibilities to the programme.

Fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic, RESPECT YOUR TALENT will soon introduce a set of online activities alongside its established on-site formats. In so-called "Ambassador Sessions", a unique team of world handball stars and topical experts will work with talented players in customized online workshop formats. Moreover, the RESPECT YOUR TALENT Toolkit will be created; a digital space for self- development which offers talented players and their support network manifold resources that help boost young handball careers on and off the court.

Get informed, get inspired! Visit the new RESPECT YOUR TALENT Website on the Home of Handball 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

 


EHF Katarina Pandza

On 27-29 October 2020, the European Handball Federation (EHF) will host the European Handball Online Summit. TW1N is delighted to be among the international speakers.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of initiatives for Grassroots Handball were shut down or not able to proceed. Therefore, the EHF wants to provide the handball community with a new type of event that was especially created to target the Grassroots Handball community.

TW1N Keynote EHOS

For the grassroots

The European Handball Online Summit will be organized as a virtual event. The aim of the summit is to transfer expert knowledge to the handball basis. Renowned European experts in different fields of practice (spanning youth training, sponsoring or marketing) will share their knowledge with officials, coaches, club and federation coordinators as well as athletes. TW1N founder & CEO Wolfgang Stockinger is invited to address the dual career keynote.

Find detailed information on the EHOS at the official summit website.

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.


© Anze Malovrh / kolektiff

Nations' and clubs' representatives from all over Europe met in Vienna, Austria for the WHF Conference for Strengthening the Women’s Handball Network. In a joint approach with the European Handball Federation, TW1N was honoured to present the commonly developed RESPECT YOUR TALENT programme to the international public.

The conference provided updates on the European women’s handball strategic objectives. Within these, RESPECT YOUR TALENT takes on an important role. The programme assists (here: female) talented athletes to better cope with the current demands of competitive youth handball, and, proactively prepare for the upcoming demands of professional handball.

To this end, in the programme’s pioneering approach, the world’s best handball players supported by leading field experts inspire and instruct young athletes covering topics such as dual career, well-being, integrity of sport, media or sports law.

TW1N is responsible for the methodical and dedactical concept of RESPECT YOUR TALENT. Find more information on the programme here.

 

RESPECT YOUR TALENT Keynote
TW1N Founder & CEO Wolfgang Stockinger at the WHF Conference 2020 © EHF
Florian Schabereiter, ÖSV ski jumping training course

TW1N Talk: Florian Schabereiter

Florian Schabereiter is a former ski jumper, National Assistant Coach of the Austrian Women's National Ski Jumping Team 2013-2018 and National Assistant Coach of the Austrian Men's National Ski Jumping Team 2018-2019. On junior level, he won two world championships. Only granted a short world cup career, Florian had to end his sporting career due to a disease at the young age of 21. Today, he works as an area manager for Hofer KG. In our TW1N Talk, he reflects upon his lessons learnt in his dual career, both from an athlete and a coach perspective.

TW1N: Florian, do you remember the beginning of your dual career story?

Florian Schabereiter: I do. However, this story does not start with “I always knew that it is important to think about the time after being an athlete”. In fact, it was completely different. As a talent, I attended the ski boarding school in Stams, Austria. I made this decision due to the reputation of the school. A lot of the world’s best ski jumpers were among its students. This is where I wanted to be and take my chance. Future? I had no idea what I might do one day after my sporting career would have ended. As a teenager, I think it is not natural to think about post-athletic life. There was only one focus: train, train, train, to become Olympic or world champion.

TW1N: Which role did education play back then for you?

Florian Schabereiter: Truth be told, school was always an annoying “must do” for me. I felt I was in school for training and getting better in my sport, not for studying. Consequently, I struggled with my marks. It was not easy to train hard every day, being hundreds of kilometres away from home, friends and family, with the additional pressure to pass school. I remember that I originally was convinced school would hinder my sporting career. Now, with years of distance, I can tell you that it is completely different.

TW1N: Let us try to get back to this point a bit later. But first, how did your athletic career develop further?

Florian Schabereiter: Not long after finishing school and being employed by the elite sport squad of the Austrian army, I became very sick. I was not able to train for a whole year. After that year, I decided to quit my sporting career. Honestly, I did not calculate with such a situation. From one moment to the other, my dream burst. This was one of the most difficult situations in my life. It was very hard to recognize that all you worked for in the past years was suddenly gone; the biggest thing in your life which you fully identify with. This sudden cut left me stunned.

TW1N: How did you cope with this situation?

Florian Schabereiter: It surely takes some time to realize what happens and to find oneself in a “new” life. What helped me a lot in this demanding process was the counselling service which is part of the Austrian dual career scheme. Together with a professional counsellor, I had a very intense phase of analyzing my experiences, identifying my skills and, essentially, getting behind my personality which I had further shaped in the time of high performance sport.

It was relieving to learn that I apparently had built a potent skill card, encompassing aspects such as resilience, self-management, capacity for team work or rhetoric competencies due to my public appearances. All these skills can be of great value for companies, organisations or federations. This new awareness was an emotional door opener to my ensuing studies (note: Florian holds a master's degree in sport and movement science of the University of Graz, Austria) and subsequent post-athletic life in general.

Florian Schabereiter at the 4 Hills Tournament
Florian Schabereiter at the 4 Hills Tournament, Bischofshofen 2008 © EXPA/Jürgen Feichtner

"Athletes need to re-direct their thoughts"

TW1N: Earlier, you indicated that in contrast to your teenage beliefs, you no longer think that combining sport and studies is disadvantageous for an athletic career. Can you elaborate on this?

Florian Schabereiter: This would be an understatement. I do not only say a dual career is not disadvantageous, I am convinced it is highly beneficial for a sporting career. In retrospect, there is one thing catching my eye. I achieved my best athletic results when I was in situations of substantial double loads; a sport training load and a cognitive load respectively study load. Naturally, I asked myself how that could be the case. Today, I think I got some very logical answers.

First and foremost, my mind was given some "away-time" from sport during learning. As an athlete, you need to recover, to switch off. You cannot continuously be circling around the last or next jump. You need to temporarily free your brain from athletic thoughts. There is the well-known principle in sport science of the "optimum relation of workload and recovery” which refers to the required time of our body to recover after a certain workload. If you are not granting your body this time, you will get into the stage of overtraining resulting in a decreased performance curve. It is completely the same with our brain. How could it be different? Athletes need to actively re-direct their thoughts to get them off that topic which tends to monopolize their life.

TW1N: What do you mean by "actively re-directing thoughts"?

Florian Schabereiter: Even if you decide to do nothing and just relax, you will recognize that it is very difficult to switch off. It is much more effective to actively provide your brain with other "food". As an athlete, your head mainly deals with processing athletic inputs such as movement patterns, tactics or, simply, ways to improve. My message is easy: Start systematically thinking about other things! Things that do not concern your life in such a brutally direct way as high performance sport. Studying is one perfect mean for this. You can do courses, go to university, or follow any other kind of adult education. In this way, you kill two, actually three, birds with one stone.

Studying helps you to regenerate. Studying will help your future vocational career. And, finally, studying will help you feel less pressured during your athletic activities as you are aware that there is "something else"; an alternative option independent of your sporting results. In my opinion, this last point is very often underestimated among athletes. Decreased perceived pressure will most likely lead to better performance. Moreover, having another impulse next to training and competition will probably let you enjoy your training more because of loving what you do and not because being forced to succeed.

TW1N: Is this the former athlete in you speaking, or do we hear the later coach as well?

Florian Schabereiter: You clearly hear both. My observations as a coach were very similar to my findings as an athlete. One of the things I monitored most was that those athletes focusing on sport-only sometimes got bogged down in their thoughts how to get better and better. Do not get me wrong, it is an essential part of high performance athletes to think about improvement, but this improvement cannot only be found in areas directly related to sport. Though, the dose rate of measures is decisive, like in every other aspect of life. Optimising your personal dose and balancing body and mind are key, even more so in disciplines which are strongly determined by mental performance, such as ski jumping.

TW1N: Is there any final advice you would like to share?

Florian Schabereiter: To every athlete; engaging yourself in other things will positively influence both your sporting career and future life. It is as simple as that. In addition, reaching out for professional support when it comes to planning your dual career pathway would be my additional tip. It helped me to get to know myself better and make choices.

TW1N: Thank you, Florian.

The TW1N Talk gives a voice to dual career. Athletes share their story. Practitioners provide insights into their work. Researchers introduce their studies. Projects present their results. Get in touch to become part of our mission to inspire the dual career movement in Europe and beyond.


Sportlycée Luxembourg, Workshop

Shaping sport-school environments in Luxembourg

Fueled by its EU Presidency which put Dual Careers on its sport agenda, Luxembourg has made impressive steps forward in their structural development of athlete support services. Since 2016, TW1N Founder & CEO Wolfgang Stockinger serves as an external consultant of this national implementation process.

As a most important puzzle piece of the Luxembourgish dual career system, the Sportlycée Luxembourg is a public sport school with the mission to help talented athletes to combine sport and education on secondary school level. The national programme is run in cooperation with sport federations and the Federal Ministry of Sport.

Traditionally, the school has a strong ambition to continuously innovate its dual career environment. Bringing in European expertise is seen as a key factor for further development within the institution. In this context, TW1N was delighted to advise the first stage of the project "Projet d’établissement - Building block for a successful dual career". In an in-house workshop, we accompanied the school's experts in the areas of management, teaching, sport psychology and counselling to create effective communication strategies to convey the project to the talented athletes and their entourage, spanning parents, sport coaches and teachers.

Sportlycée Luxembourg, Workshop
The experts of the Sportlycée Luxembourg & TW1N

STARTING 11, track and field

Introducing STARTING 11

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. To tackle this problem, the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) and TW1N have co-designed the Erasmus+ project "STARTING 11 - The European Dual Career Toolkit" which shall help dual career stakeholders implement effective athlete services.

STARTING 11 unites some of Europe’s leading institutions in dual career. Next to AUAS and TW1N, these are Sportlycée Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) (United Kingdom), German University Sports Federation (ADH) (Germany), European Athlete Student (EAS) (Malta) and CREPS Toulouse (France).

Closing the gap between policy, research and practice

In the EU, the number of athletes in need of dual career services adds up to more than 120.000 in every Olympic cycle. 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 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
  • Education: Sport schools, universities, further education institutes, training institutes for sport coaches
  • Labour market: Job agencies, public employers of athletes, private employers of athletes
  • Other: Lead agencies on dual career

Implementation support

The European Dual Career Toolkit provides the aforementioned key actors with a variety of tools to better support their athletes in all stages of their sporting career. Our freely accessible toolkit will be published in December 2021 on www.starting11.eu and is composed of a variety of practical tools spanning four 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 counselling services to foster the coping, decision-making and planning ability of an athlete within times of fundamental change and transition.
  • Communication caters to the identification of and efficient communication towards the most relevant dual career stakeholders.

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