RESPECT YOUR TALENT Celje Slovenia 2021

RESPECT YOUR TALENT kicks off 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.


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.


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.

On and Off - A quest for meaning

On & Off: A quest for meaning

High-level demands and a multitude of manifold transitions at a young age represent modern performance pathways. In such environments, research shows that the athletes' undertaking of dual career development measures next to sport appears to have interesting side effects on athletic level.

High-performance programmes have experienced new recent dynamics, becoming particularly apparent in professional sports. Increased training hours, international transfers of teenagers, extensive mobility, an aggregate of external expectations or (insufficiently regulated) agent structures are just a few selected attributes of this development.

While some sporting systems content themselves with calling this "part of the game", innovative approaches are aware of the danger of uprooting young people face through their competitive lifestyle. On that score, dual career development has traditionally been judged (mainly) a corporate social responsibility of sport. This angle of view misses out on dual career as a supreme factor of athletic development.

The effect of off-field activities on on-field performance

A study of Saunders/Pink (2014) conducted within the Australian Football League shows that dual career development perceived as valuable by players has a statistically significant association with higher levels of athletic engagement. The study interprets that the more players perceive themselves as competent in the intellectual domain, and that they are supported by their sporting system with respect to their off‐field activity (in addition to dual career development, this is defined to span recreation, development of life skills, cultural immersion, spending time with friendship groups, and appearances/community), the more likely they have such a valuable experience:

"These results support previous qualitative research (…) that suggests an athlete's experiences in activities that serve to prepare for life after football will be influenced both by the athlete’s sense of efficacy in such activities and the support they receive from their sporting club or organisation to participate in them."

Together, athletic engagement (which is expected to lead to sustained and higher levels of performance) and club support for off‐field life were able to predict 5.5% of the variance in coaches’ subjective ratings of the players' performance. According to the study, these results are also consistent with contemporary human resources investigations that support the link between the holistic support of employees, their sense of work-life balance, and increased productivity. A many-sided life design of athletes, in this understanding, represents a powerful ingredient of their personal capacity, in and after the sporting career.

Another recent evaluation undertaken within the Australian National Rugby League moreover demonstrates that higher levels of engagement in preretirement planning are positively associated with team selection, team tenure, and career tenure (Lavallee, 2019). The effect on performance is exerted through the experience of career counsellors and the number of intervention support sessions the athletes participate in.

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System support

Considering that talent systems equal high-performance environments which strive to maximise their output, the support of athletes' off‐field lives should therefore be seen as an integral part of development plans in sport. With reference to the aforementioned importance of the perceived value of undertaken measures, the quest for meaning becomes a crucial factor for mental health, adolescent flourishing and performance enhancement.

Meaning requires the maintenance and constant re-definition of the individual relation of athletes to the enormous investments they are willing to make. Finding answers on "What does this have to do with me?" or "What am I doing this for?" is key to an intrinsically motivated pursuit of personal goals, integrating sport and education. This highlights the significance of specialized counselling staff contracted by high-performance systems, such as dual career counsellors, lifestyle advisors or player development managers.

The right place

When it comes to counselling of athletes, its strategic positioning as an external service can be advisable, especially in professional clubs that have not yet fully embraced dual career in their overall system culture. Here, the service is delivered by a non-system professional. This approach roots in the conviction that certain cultural circumstances require holistic counselling (touching sporting, educational/vocational and private spheres of life) to be better only provided but not run by the inner system itself. Instead, such systems promote the creation of a neutral space that needs to be made evident to the athletes.

Proven and tested, athletes substantially benefit from an independent expectation-free zone beyond sport coaches, agents, teachers, parents or peers; as they do from a counselling service that is detached from systemic bonds. This being a multi-dimensional task, a functional inter-connection with sport, education, psychology or other internal service units is naturally required.

According to this positioning, counselling is enabled to consistently commit to one thing only: the athlete and their individual pursuit of a meaningful pathway in the world of high-level sport.

TW1N has a broad track record as a trusted partner of various European high-performance environments, both at talent and senior level. Want to know more? Click here to see what TW1N can do for your institution.

References

  • Lavallee, D. (2019): Engagement in Sport Career Transition Planning Enhances Performance. In: Journal of Loss and Trauma 2019, VOL. 24, NO. 1, 18
  • Saunders, J. & Pink, M. (2014): The Relationship between Player Off‐field Engagement and On‐field Performance: Final Report. An AFL Research Board Study

Note: In the study of Saunders/Pink (2014), dual career development is referred to as "alternative career development" (ACD).


© 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
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