The project aims to connect a pool of 9 400 dual career athletes across 9 European countries with 45 researchers and lead practitioners to define a set of key competences for a successful dual career.
The project “Gold in Education and Elite Sport” (GEES) is funded by the European Union’s Erasmus + Sport Program.
It involves a consortium of internationally renowned dual career researchers and practitioners. Nine countries from the North, East, South and West of Europe contribute through institutions such as Universities, Sports Institutes or National Olympic Committees.
The aim of GEES is to boost athletes’ employability through the optimization of their competences and the development of the services supporting them.
The final international symposium took place on December 8th 2016 at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. Apart from reflections of international dual career experts on the results, the value and implications of the GEES project, parallel workshops where participants learned how specific tools and instruments are used in working with dual career athletes were organized. The symposium ended with a round table gathering researchers, dual career support providers and an olympic medalist.
A European perspective on dual career: The results of GEES
Lessons learned and actions taken by the participating Member States:
Parallel Workshops “Tools & instruments to work with dual career athletes”:
- Workshop 1: “The added value of using tools to support athletes in their dual ‘elite sport and study' career pathway: Examples from individual and team sessions” - Kristel Taelman, Sport Vlaanderen, Belgium
- Workshop 2: “Initiating dual career support with student-athletes: working on where to go and how to get there” - Nadine Debois & Léonore Perrus, Institut National du Sport, de l'Expertise et de la Performance (INSEP), France
- Workshop 3: “Balancing dual career and injury: Menace or opportunity?” - Susana Regüela1 & Miquel Torregrossa2, Centre d’Alt Rendiment (CAR)1 & Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)2, Spain
- Workshop 4: “Transition Tolerance and Toughness: How to incorporate models of transition and dual career support to enable athletes to successfully manage and integrate sport and study” - Susan Elms, sportscotland institute of sport, UK