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.

Ⓒ STARTING 11 YouTube

 

 


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

 

 


Over 500 players join Respect Your Talent Summer Tour

With four highly successful M19 Younger Age Category Events held over the past weeks in Croatia, North Macedonia, Bulgaria and Latvia, Respect Your Talent saw its Summer Tour launch for male players alongside European youth handball tournaments.

Five former top handball players acted as ambassadors: Vid Kavticnik (Slovenia), Stefan Lövgren (Sweden), Carlos Prieto (Spain), Laszlo Nagy (Hungary) and Victor Tomas (Spain). Kavticnik and Lövgren attended the activity day held during the M19 EHF EURO 2021 in Croatia, while the M19 EHF Championships were attended by Prieto (North Macedonia), Nagy (Bulgaria) and Tomas (Latvia). Overall, more than 500 female and male players attended the Respect Your Talent Summer Tour across Europe.

"My personal definition of talent is that someone is born with some talents and this is only the beginning. I think it is around 10-20% and then it depends on how you develop this talent with your persistence and discipline throughout your career. It means you are respecting your talent; you know you are good but then you are also responsible for yourself. It is your responsibility how will you develop, how would you like to develop."

Vid Kavticnik


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.


Stine Oftedal, EHF. TW1N, Respect your talent, Summer Tour 2019

RESPECT YOUR TALENT Summer Tour 2019

6 European countries, 6 tournaments, more than 300 participating aspiring players: The RESPECT YOUR TALENT Summer Tour 2019 of the European Handball Federation (EHF) and TW1N has come to a successful end.

During each event, players were awarded "Players of the Match" to get the chance to attend TW1N-designed workshops held by some of Europe's greatest female handball players. Our RESPECT YOUR TALENT ambassadors Stine Bredal Oftedal (Norway), Anja Althaus (Germany), Nerea Pena (Spain), Ana Gros (Slovenia) and Johanna Alhm (Sweden) were most authentic role models inspiring young European players to develop as a whole person and not only as an athlete.

Kick Off in Győr

Audi Arena Győr was the host of the first RESPECT YOUR TALENT activity day on 18 July featuring 40 players at the Women’s 19 EHF EURO. The selected players had the opportunity to hear valuable tips from the Norwegian and Győri Audi ETO KC centre back Stine Bredal Oftedal.

"I took more years to finish my bachelor’s degree; instead of three, I did it in five. I just tried to use my time, be disciplined. I also feel that it is good to focus on something else for a while and I really felt like I could do that.”

Stine Bredal Oftedal
Handball world champion 2011 & 2015

 


RESPECT YOUR TALENT logo cut

EHF & TW1N launch RESPECT YOUR TALENT

A dual career comes with a series of simultaneous transitions and developments happening on athletic, educational, psychological or psycho-social level. For athletes, it takes a great amount of management, self-regulation, career planning and social skills to be able to stay on this ambitious road and keep direction. To foster sustainable pathways of handball talents across Europe and to help these young players grow on and off the court, the European Handball Federation (EHF) and TW1N have created the international programme "RESPECT YOUR TALENT". 

RESPECT YOUR TALENT aims to support the personal development of European aspiring handball playersTW1N takes pride in having designed the methodical and dedactical concept of the project. In an innovative learning approach, the world’s best handball players act as teachers of young athletes.

RESPECT YOUR TALENT Summer Tour 2019

Summer 2019 will see our RESPECT YOUR TALENT Kick Off Events all over Europe. The EHF and TW1N are honoured to have won world-class handball players such as Stine Oftedal (Norway), Ana Gros (Slovenia), Anja Althaus (Germany), Johanna Ahlm (Sweden) or Nerea Pena (Spain) as RESPECT YOUR TALENT ambassadors. These high-level role models will lead TW1N-designed-workshops alongside 6 European tournaments to encourage young talents to take on responsibility for their own careers, both from a personal and an athletic point of view. In the next months, RESPECT YOUR TALENT will add further activities to its programme.

  • 11-21 July 2019: Women’s 19 EHF EURO 2019 in Hungary
  • 13-21 July 2019: Women’s 19 EHF Championship in Bulgaria
  • 15-21 July 2019: Women’s 19 EHF Championship in Lithuania
  • 1-11 August 2019: Women’s 17 EHF EURO in Slovenia
  • 3-11 August 2019: Women’s 17 EHF Championship in Georgia
  • 3-11 August 2019: Women’s 17 EHF Championship in Italy

References

  • Wylleman, P., Alfermann, D. & Lavallee, D. (2004): Career transitions in sport: European perspectives. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 5 (1), pp. 7-20