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.

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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

 

 


AtlAS - Athletes as Entrepreneurs

First edition of AtLAS kicks off across Europe

Press play! 139 athletes from all over Europe and beyond have started their entrepreneurial journey with AtLAS. 

Co-funded by the European Union, the EQF 5 postsecondary training AtLAS - Athletes as Entrepreneurs was co-developed by FH JOANNEUM, Aarhus University, Università degli Studi di Torino, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Edinburgh Napier University, Olympic Committee of Slovenia and TW1N. Tailored to the specific requirements of high-level athletes, the programme represents a most flexible and hands-on study approach to advance their careers.

In a cross-border approach, the learners (coming from 9 countries and 38 different sports) are given the chance to enhance both their theoretical and practical competences when it comes to founding a business. Five modules constitute the AtLAS curriculum:

  • Module 1: The entrepreneurial individual
  • Module 2: Basic skills for entrepreneurship
  • Module 3: Entrepreneurial thinking & mindset
  • Module 4: Entrepreneurial processes
  • Module 5: Founding a company

Online-live kick off

The current Omikron situation required an adaptation of the original learning format. In January, online-live classes (instead of on-site events) were held at six European locations in Austria, Denmark, Italy, The Netherlands, Scotland, and Slovenia to start the training.

Subsequent to these kick offs, the learners participate in the AtLAS hybrid format, consisting of a 5-weeks massive open online course (MOOC) and 2 more days of online-live classes. Athlete entrepreneurs and business experts act as supporting mentors in the programme.

One of them: Kathrine Heindahl, Danish handball national team player, Aarhus University graduate, and co-founder of the sportswear brand IKAIKA. Here you can watch Kathrine reflect upon her entrepreurial journey and the links between high-level sport and business in cooperation with The Kitchen.

Kathrine Heindahl at The Kitchen


Handball legends pass on knowledge to next generation

Talented handball players from 10 European countries gathered alongside the EHF EURO 2022. At the Respect Your Talent Camp, co-conducted by the European Handball Federation (EHF) & TW1N, they were given the unique opportunity to work with former stars of the game.

From 20-22 January, the Respect Your Talent Camp 2022 was held in Budapest. While Europe’s best teams are battling for a medal on the court, some of the biggest male talents on the continent are investing in their off-court development to advance their young handball careers, being supported by the Respect Your Talent ambassadors Carlos Prieto (Spain), Laszlo Nagy (Hungary), Vid Kavticnik (Slovenia) and Stefan Lövgren (Sweden).

All connected

The didactical approach of Respect Your Talent, designed by TW1N, elevates the concept of role models. Promoting the holistic development of young players’ careers, handball stars pass on their unique knowledge to the future generation of European handball. In collaboration with leading field experts such as Maria Grunwald, Simona Margetic, Andreas Joklik, Hans Holdhaus, Bojana Jelicic, and Respect Your Talent co-creator Wolfgang Stockinger, the ambassadors held a set of interactive training sessions, covering the topics Dual Career, Mental Fitness, Media, Anti-Doping and Sports Law.

In the programme's belief, this approach contributes to both sustainable pathways and athletic performance as systematic off-court development substantially impacts personal and sporting developments.

“We recognize the need to support young players in their challenging development stage. The unique setting with ambassadors sharing their experiences and passion for handball with the young players is the best way to inspire and prepare them for their pro career.”
Michael Wiederer, EHF President

Having just retired last summer, former EHF Champions League winner Vid Kavticnik is aware of the importance of these topics for young players:

“I am happy and proud to be part of the ambassadors team where we are all trying to help and shape young handball diamonds. I strongly believe that this program is a game changer for many of the talents on their mission to become a pro player."

This approach seems to have substantially resonated with the talented players in Budapest:

“I think that via this camp I developed some skills that will definitely help me off and on-court. These 3 days were great and I hope that there will be more camps in the future because this was a big opportunity for us to improve our careers and success.”
Alexandru Mihai Pasca, Romania

Class of 2021 members shine at EURO

Some of the players who have been part of our Respect Your Talent activities in 2021 have already made it to the highest level of European handball. Tamas Smetanka (Slovakia), Marko Mitev (North Macedonia), Ihar Bialiausk and Kyril Samoila (Belarus) can be seen on the courts of the EHF EURO 2022.

Photo © Jure Erzen / kolektiff

Youngsters learn and get inspired at Respect Your Talent Camp

A total of 26 "Players of the Match" awarded at the Women’s 17 EHF EURO and Championships 2021 have ended their year on another high, attending the Respect Your Talent Camp in Austria, co-created by the European Handball Federation (EHF) and TW1N.

Arriving from 18 different European countries, the players gathered in Vienna from 16-18 December to meet and learn from four Respect Your Talent ambassadors: Andrea Lekic, Anja Althaus, Jelena Grubisic and Ana Gros.

In his opening statement, EHF Secretary General Martin Hausleitner encouraged the players to invest in their talent:

“Talent only is not enough to succeed. Improving your off-court skills will help you build your personality, increase balance in your life and thereby become an even better player. With Respect Your Talent, we support the idea of handball players as whole person-athletes. Looking at their impressive pathways, our ambassadors are perfect role models to convey this idea authentically.”

From dual career to mental fitness

The ambassadors Lekic, Althaus, Grubisic and Gros - in partnership with international experts, including Respect Your Talent co-creator and TW1N Founder & CEO Wolfgang Stockinger - inspired the players throughout six hands-on training sessions in dual career, media, social media, sports law, anti-doping, and mental fitness.

The young talents were given the unique opportunity of personal interaction with the ambassadors, benefiting from their extraordinary first-hand experience as professional handball players. Exchanging with other aspiring players from all over Europe and making new friends within the international handball community was the icing of the cake of this event, which drew positive feedback from both players and ambassadors.

“It was the most incredible experience of my life. Meeting other athletes, girls just like me, who love handball above all things. The knowledge that I bring with me, in my head and in my heart, is unbelievable. Don’t have words to express my gratitude. Congratulations to all of you... well done! Wonderful organisation, nice people.”
Luciana Rebelo (Talented player from Portugal)

The camp ended with a proud look at the Women’s IHF World Championship 2021 and the fact that progress in a handball career may come very fast – if talents have prepared themselves properly for their big steps: with Paula Arcos (Spain), Larissa Nusser (Netherlands) and Elena Mikhaylichenko (Russia), three players of the Respect Your Talent 2019 campaign played in a direct duel against their former ambassadors Stine Oftedal and Ana Gros.

Up next are the boys: the Respect Your Talent Camp for the M19 EHF EURO/Championships 2021 generation will take place in January 2022 at Bratislava, Slovakia.

Photo © Uros Hocevar / kolektiff

ENOSS Conference 2021 united professionals from 30 countries

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.

Photo courtesy of tilowiedensohler.com

TW1N to moderate dual career theme at Winter Universiade

The Winter Universiade is the largest winter multisport event after the Winter Olympics. We are therefore honoured that TW1N Founder & CEO Wolfgang Stockinger was chosen to moderate the dual career theme at the Lucerne 2021 Winter Universiade.

The 30th edition of a Winter Universiade will take place from 11 to 21 December 2021 in Central Switzerland and the Grisons. Alongside the competitions, the FISU World Conference on "Innovation, Education and Sport" will be held. This edition's event will put a spotlight on the topics of dual career, women in top-class sport and digitalisation.

TW1N Founder & CEO Wolfgang Stockinger was awarded to present and moderate the panel discussion on dual career, uniting other internationally acknowledged experts and elite athletes such as Paul Wylleman, Marilen Matter, Andreas Küttel or Simona Aebersold.

Update 29 November 2021: The Winter Universiade had to be cancelled as the result of restrictions stemming from concerns over the omnicron variant of Covid-19.

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.


RESPECT YOUR TALENT Celje Slovenia 2021

RESPECT YOUR TALENT starts European Summer Tour

The world's best handball players inspire talented players alongside international youth tournaments across Europe: This is the central idea of the RESPECT YOUR TALENT Summer Tour 2021. Throughout July and August, more than 600 aspiring athletes will directly benefit from their role models' experience.

In the form of compact workshop sessions designed by TW1N, the RESPECT YOUR TALENT Ambassadors give practical insights to the future of European handball on how to improve on and off the court, covering topics such as dual career, mental performance, anti-doping, media or sports law.

Tour start in Slovenia, Italy and North Macedonia

This month, RESPECT YOUR TALENT kicked off its Summer Tour in Slovenia, Italy and North Macedonia, featuring the Ambassadors Andrea Lekić, Katarina Bulatovic and Anja Althaus. In August, we will bring our Summer events to seven more European countries.

"It was really nice that Andrea Lekić was here. She taught us things about ourselves, our talent, and I think I will respect myself and my talent even more now."

Erin Novak, Slovenian Under-19 National Team Player

Find out more about the programme on respectyourtalent.eurohandball.com.


Launch of the new ENOSS website

TW1N is pleased to announce the launch of our brand new European Network of Sport Schools website.

The goal of enoss.eu is to become the central connection point of the network and gradually establish the portal as a source of information, including steadily growing details of the upcoming ENOSS Conference 2021.

Please pay a visit to the site, we hope you like what you see.