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Third meeting and workshop in CAR Sant Cugat

A workshop and the third meeting of the project took place in Sant Cugat, Spain, on April 6th – 8th. 

Workshop (program)

In order to both present the results of the second phase of the project and offer applied perspectives to dual career practitioners, the consortium took part to the workshop organized by CAR Sant Cugat on Wednesday, 6th of April.

The workshop was attended by over 100 people (DC practitioners, PhD students, athletes, other European projects members, etc.).

In addition to the presentation of the work done by the consortium since the beginning of the project and the second phase’s results, GEES partners presented study cases and displayed the possible applications of the project.

Time was also dedicated to let other Sport European projects leaders introduce the audience with their own projects objectives and results. The workshop ended with a lively visit of CAR facilities.

Third meeting (report)

Half a day was dedicated to the presentation of work package 2 results. Partners had the chance to discuss and start to analyze the results gathered by the project scientific coordinator, VUB.

The work package 2 aimed at identify and develop a profile of competences (i.e. knowledge, skills, experience and attitude) required by dual career support providers in order to optimize the support they provide to athletes preparing, managing and/or finalizing a dual career ‘education and sport’ pathway.

Key results (for more information)

- 256 dual career service providers (DCSP) completed the survey, with a completion rate of 49%

- European DCSP average profile is as follows:

o Mean age : 44.1 years old
o 51.50% male, 49.50% female
o 71% DCSP work part time & 29% work full time
o At a European level, most of the respondents work in Universities (30%) followed by Secondary education school (18%) and Performance Center / Elite sport school (17%)

- The majority (85%) of the DSCP who answered the survey had not been trained through a specific dual career educational program

- The DCSP were asked to rate the importance and their level of possession of 35 competences they use in their daily work. The pool identified that relationship competences are of the highest importance to service quality. In addition, DCSP recognized the importance of empowerment competences and significantly this was the area DCSP recognized the largest disparity between importance and their possession.

- The biggest differences between the importance and possession ratings are the following :

  Possession Importance Difference
Ability to prepare dual career athletes for the challenges of specific transitions 3.51 4.18 0,67
Ability to stimulate autonomy in dual career athletes 3.84 4.47 0,63
Understanding the key transition phases of dual career athletes linked to the Long Term Athlete Development pathway 3.65 4.25 0,6
Being observant of a dual career athlete's mental health status 3.82 4.41 0,59
Ability to enhance dual career athlete's competences concerning organization and planning of the dual career athlete’s life 3.76 4.35 0,59

- 6 scenarios likely to be dealt with by the DCSP in their routine were presented in the survey. The most experienced ones appear to be:

o scenario #3 (84%) : In view of his/her (future) professional career a dual career athlete wants to select the best study plan. You want to help the athlete make the best study choices to manage the integration of both sport and study in the future.

o scenario #4 (87%) : A dual career athlete is about to start a challenging study year that conflicts with his/her (more demanding) competition and training schedule (e.g. missing significant days of study, (group) assignments, exams, an internship...). You want to help the athlete to successfully do both.

- Transferable competences (most important competences across all the scenarios) have been identified, the three first ones being as follows:
1. Ability to stimulate autonomy in dual career athletes
2. Ability to treat each dual career athlete in an individualized manner
3. Ability to take a holistic view of the dual career athlete's life

Time was also dedicated to the preparation of work packages 3 and 4. It was decided that a qualitative methodology (focus groups) would be run by all the partners to develop further the profiles of competences of dual career support providers. This step was completed during 2016 summer.



Second meeting and Symposium 

The second meeting took place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on September 21st - 22nd and the Symposium on 23rd.

During the first part of the meeting, the 20 delegates discussed the data captured in the survey relating to athletes’ competences required for a successful dual career.
Meeting report 

Key results (for more information)

- A completion rate of 43% (3 252 athletes)
- The most challenging scenarios (3 and 6)
         1. Scenario #3: "Your competition and training schedule means that you will miss significant days of study and (group) assignments. You need to catch up during and/or after competition/training camp."
         2. Scenario #6:" The combination of sport and study makes it challenging to have a rich social life outside of sport (e.g. time with friends, going out...). You need to find a balance between your dual career and social activities outside of sport."

Quality control analysis was thoroughly presented and dissemination activities reviewed.

During the second part of the meeting, the delegates prepared in small working groups the survey for dual careers practitioners’ competences on the basis of the definition of their tasks and the development of appropriate scenarios.

Time was also dedicated to the preparation of the Symposium.

The Symposium was attended by over 70 people (coaches, DC practitioners, sport federation officials, government representatives). All the scientific results of the survey on athletes’ competences were presented and commented on by GEES experts. A detailed question & answer session with the attendees took place at the end of the event.


Kick off meeting

The kick-off meeting GEES took place at INSEP, France, on January 26th and 27th 2015. It was attended by 20 experts in research on dual career and experts in the implementation of dual career services from the 9 participating countries.
The delegates discussed and defined the work packages, methodology, planning and deliverables involved in GEES and received information on financial management and dissemination of results.


Kick off meeting report