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.

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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.

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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.

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


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. 


ENOSS announces Conference 2021 details

In the COVID-19 crisis, institutions across Europe were asked to come up with new strategies to navigate their systems through wild waters. Consequently, the European Network of Sport Schools (ENOSS) Conference co-hosted by Sportlycée Luxembourg & TW1N on 1-2 December 2021 will strive to help sport schools and talent support models share, discuss and together exploit the manifold innovation that has been created across Europe during this difficult period.

Given the variables accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic, the ENOSS Conference 2021 will take place online and will be free of charge to make it possible for a maximum amount of European practitioners to join the event. Simultaneously, the organisors will focus on creating a most interactive virtual conference to enable practitioners to meet, discuss and exchange expertise and experience – even in digital form.

"Being inspired by the success and the positive dynamics of the first annual conference of ENOSS held in Berlin in 2019, we are looking forward to contribute to the development of the European Network of Sport Schools by hosting the second annual conference. We strongly believe that there are a lot of things to learn from each other which will be beneficial for the student-athletes from all across Europe."

Pascal Schaul, Director Sportlycée Luxembourg - Host of the ENOSS Conference 2021

Your vote counts: Co-create the conference

The final topics of the ENOSS Conference 2021 shall be chosen by the community of European sport schools and talent support models. For this purpose, ENOSS reaches out for your opinion. Help us understand what thematic aspects are most relevant to your system:

  1. The organisation committee of the conference has pre-identified a selection of 8 potential topics in areas of Talent Development, School Management, Hybrid Teaching and Psychology & Counselling.
  2. In our short online survey, we ask you to vote for those 3 topics which you find most interesting and important to your system. The survey will only take you 2 minutes to complete. Votes can be casted until 15 August 2021.
  3. The voting result will directly impact the selection of the final topics for the ENOSS Conference 2021. Thank you for your participation and for distributing the survey in your network.

More information on the ENOSS Conference 2021 can be found at enoss.eu. Official registration for the ENOSS Conference will open in September.


Work in progress: The RESPECT YOUR TALENT App

RESPECT YOUR TALENT, co-created by the European Handball Federation and TW1N, promotes the holistic development of talented players’ careers. In the programme’s pioneering approach, the world’s best handball players supported by leading field experts inspire and instruct young athletes. Increasing the scope of the programme, TW1N is leading the design and development of the RESPECT YOUR TALENT App; a digital space for self-development for young handball players.

The App will provide Europe's handball talents with small-sized training sessions in the areas of dual career, mental health, media, anti-doping and sports law. A scenario-based approach identifies concrete challenges, talented players face in their young athletic careers. Subsequently, a team of internationally recognized experts will create tailored micro-learning units to help aspiring players deal with these challenges. The consortium features Hans Holdhaus (Anti-Doping), Bojana Jelicic (Mental Health), Andreas Joklik (Sports Law), Thomas Schöneich (Media), and TW1N Founder & CEO Wolfgang Stockinger (Dual Career).

The RESPECT YOUR TALENT App will be launched in December 2021.


Next steps of the European Network of Sport Schools (ENOSS)

2019 marked the starting point for the European Network of Sport Schools (ENOSS), initiated by the SLZB & TW1N, with the first ever ENOSS Conference being held in the Olympic Stadium of Berlin. 2021 will see the network make its next steps.

The ENOSS Conference 2019 united professionals from 16 European countries, spanning school managers, teachers, sport coaches, psychologists, counsellors, policy-makers, and delegates from the European Commission. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organisation of a conference in 2020 turned out not to be feasible.

Now, with the conditions slowly improving, ENOSS is committed to reinforce its efforts to interconnect sport schools and talent support models in Europe. In this regard, TW1N is delighted to announce the ENOSS Conference 2021.

Back on Track : New Ways

Without a doubt: The last 16 months have been a huge challenge. This counts for both talented athletes and practitioners. In the crisis, sport schools were asked to come up with new strategies to navigate their systems through wild waters. The ENOSS Conference 2021 on 1-2 December will therefore aim to help sport schools benefit from sharing the multifaceted innovation that has been created across European sport schools in, and thanks to this difficult period. "Back on Track : New Ways" is the corresponding theme of the conference.

Given the variables accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic, the ENOSS Conference 2021 will take place online and be free of charge, co-hosted by the Sportlycée Luxembourg & TW1N. Since their EU Presidency in 2015, Luxembourg has made impressive steps forward in their structural development of athletes support services, strategically supported by TW1N.

"TW1N has played a pivotal role in the implementation of dual career in Luxembourg. Through the consultation on the strategic planning of the national scheme and transfer of key expertise to our dual career support providers, we have been able to extend and enhance our services to athletes."

Romain Schneider, Minister of Sports 2009-2018, Luxembourg

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

More details of the ENOSS Conference 2021 and the new ENOSS website will be published in the next weeks.