PROMobility project Online Exchanges continue

PROMobility project Online Exchanges continue

The PROMobility project, financed by the EU under the ‘Exchanges and Mobility in Sport’ Preparatory Action, aims to develop cooperation in sport through job shadowing for the staff and volunteers at player associations in Europe and South Africa. Its goal is to improve the skills and knowledge base of key personnel at player associations thereby enabling them to better support their athletes.

The project’s workplan has been modified because of the impact of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. It was decided to start with the Online Exchanges on defined topics, which allow the participants to network and deepen their knowledge, and to continue with the physical job shadowing visits in 2022.

Four Online Exchanges have already taken place: Player recruitment and engagement and Response to the Covid-19 pandemic in June; Communications and media on 26th of November and the Online Exchange on Player Development has taken place today.

Player development is a key priority for player associations and this meeting has generated an important interest. Around 20 participants form different player associations have participated in the event. After presentations from AJFS, GPA and My Players, the participants engaged in discussions on the topic. The meeting allowed them to share experiences, learn from each other and develop good practice.

The Online Exchange on Commercial development and marketing will take place in the New Year, it will hopefully be followed to physical mobility of the participants.

PROLead project progresses as the European Leadership Course comes to the conclusion

PROLead project progresses as the European Leadership Course comes to the conclusion

PROLead is a collaborative partnership Erasmus+ project coordinated by EU Athletes. Partnership include German Sport University Cologne and 8 player associations from different countries and sports. Focusing on the topic of dual careers of athletes, the project aims to enhance leadership skills of athletes, as well as volunteers and staff of player associations, by designing and implementing leadership courses at the European and national level.

The project started in 2020 with research and consultation phase, concluded with the report the delivery of a Report following the desktop research and literature review of leadership education for athletes. This research, as well as the player associations expertise, contributed to the preparation of the European Leadership Course. The successful example of the Jim Madden Leadership Programme implemented by the Gaelic Players Association, who is one of the project partners, also served as an important source of inspiration to the project team. 

Second phase of the project focused on the European Leadership Course for player associations staff and volunteers and have been delivered via online sessions due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. 32 participants from 20 player associations and 10 European countries actively participated in 12 modules delivered between January and June 2021.

Thanks to highly competent facilitators, the modules offered a broader understanding of topics related to personal development and leadership: personal skills and self-awareness, leadership behaviour and styles, trust and engagement, communication skills, inter and intrapersonal skills, organisational culture, leadership in action, flexibility and adaptability, crisis and change management. Additionally, the Course included panel discussions with distinguished leaders from and outside sport. 

The goal of the Course was for the participants to develop their own leadership skills but also to prepare them in order to be able to organize national leadership courses for their member athletes. To help with that, the final modules focused on the design and delivery of leadership courses. The final module held on the 14th of June allowed the participants to reflect on their journey so far, to exchange between themselves and receive valuable feedback from the project staff. 

The project is now entering a new phase: design and delivery of 7 national leadership courses for athletes in 6 different countries. Building up on the project’s results so far, these courses will be based on the European Leadership Course. Each project partner, with the support of staff, will work in order to adapt the course to their sport and country.

 

PROMobility project Online Exchanges kick off

PROMobility project Online Exchanges kick off

The PROMobility project, financed by the EU under the ‘Exchanges and Mobility in Sport’ Preparatory Action, aims to develop cooperation in sport through job shadowing for the staff and volunteers at player associations in Europe and South Africa. Its goal is to improve the skills and knowledge base of key personnel at player associations thereby enabling them to better support their athletes. By improving the operation of player associations, the outcome of the project will be long lasting as the institutions develop through best practice and are better placed to continue their vital role supporting elite athletes.

The project, running from January 2021until December 2022, includes 16 partners, 20 PAs from 13 countries covering 8 sports and representing over 10,000 elite athletes. Because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the implementation of the project has been modified. It was decided to start with a series of Online Exchanges on five different topics:

* Player recruitment and engagement

* Player personal development

* Commercial development and Marketing

* Communications and media

* Best response to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic

While it will depend on the sanitary situation, the physical job shadowing visits should start in 2022.

First Online Exchange on Player recruitment and engagement has taken place on 10th of June 2021. After the presentations from Natalia Orive (AJFSF, Spain) and Eugene Henning (My Players, South Africa) more than 20 participants engaged in discussions on the topic. The meeting allowed them to share experiences, learn from each other and develop good practice.

The Online Exchange on response to the impact of Covid-19 pandemic will take place on the 22nd of June, and the next ones will follow after the summer.

Internship opportunity at EU Athletes

Internship opportunity at EU Athletes

EU Athletes is looking for an intern to support the team in management and implementation of ongoing European-wide projects. The internship will also include daily communication and administrative tasks, as well as development and policy work in different areas, according to the profile and preferences of the successful candidate.

The position will provide an excellent opportunity to gain work experience in the professional sport sector, working for independent organisation representing European athletes from different sports.

Timing and conditions: 4-5 months paid internship, starting in April 2021. Remote work, with possible travel within Europe (depending on the situation).

Profile of the intern:

  • Student currently enrolled in Master’s degree programme or a recent graduate;
  • Knowledge of Erasmus+ programme and methodology of projects management;
  • Excellent writing, summarizing and reporting skills,
  • Computer and social media skills;
  • Sociable, with strong communication and people skills;
  • Strong organizational skills; autonomy, mobility and flexibility;
  • Fluent in English, knowledge of other European languages is a plus.

An interest in the professional sports environment is an advantage, as well as a sensitivity for (sports) trade unionism and the rights of athletes. Finally, a reflection/knowledge on the impact of the European law and policies on the professional sports sector would be highly appreciated.

Interested candidates are asked to send their application (CV and a short cover letter) before the 25th of March 2021. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews, which will take place at the end of March.

Contact: Paulina Tomczyk, General Secretary paulinatomczyk@euathletes.org

Internship offer

Intellectual outputs of the Erasmus+ PEAK project published

Intellectual outputs of the Erasmus+ PEAK project published

PEAK is an EU funded international project under ICSSPE’s leadership aiming to develop coaching policy recommendations for use by sport federations, coaching bodies and governments. The project brings together a unique consortium of expert partners, including the International Council for Coaching Excellence, The German Sport University Cologne, European Elite Athletes Association, Finnish Olympic Committee, Sport Ireland Coaching, Swiss Federal Institute of Sport, and the Foundation of Sport Education and Information, Estonia.

PEAK will offer, for the first time, a comprehensive picture of coaching and coach education across Europe, and beyond. It will tell us about coaching roles, responsibilities, and status, as well as policies, programmes and decision-making processes.

As such, the PEAK project is pleased to announce that two milestone publications are now available for download via the PEAK website:

Mapping Sport Coaching Policy in Europe: Research Report – The Research Report sets the context and background for the project. It provides an overview of the ‘state of the art’ in Coaching, informs about methodological considerations for good practice analysis, and makes recommendations for concept and content development.

Preliminary Recommendations for European Sport Coaching Policy and Validation Methodology – The Methodology Document for Good Practice Analysis and the Framework Development of PEAK is based on the results of the Literature Review. The report provides concrete recommendations for the development of the framework.

The project is planned to run from January 2019 to December 2021.

For more information please visit the website at www.peak-coachingeu.com 

Article source: https://www.icce.ws/news-and-newsletters/news/project-peak-mapping-sport-coaching-policy-report-and-preliminary-recommendations-for-europe.html

 

PROLead Erasmus+ project about to enter its next phase

PROLead Erasmus+ project about to enter its next phase

PROLead is a collaborative partnership Erasmus+ project coordinated by EU Athletes. Partnership include German Sport University Cologne and 8 player associations from different countries and sports. Focusing on the topic of dual careers of athletes, the project aims to enhance leadership skills of athletes, as well as volunteers and staff of player associations, by designing and implementing leadership courses at the European and national level.

The work plan of the 3-year project (January 2020-December 2022) has been affected by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. While the project team was dedicated to implementing the activities as initially planned, it was necessary to adjust the timing and the format of the events to adapt to the current situation.

The first research and consultation phase have been closed, with the Report following the desktop research and literature review of leadership education for athletes completed earlier this year. Currently, the project staff is working on preparation of the European Leadership Course, which will be designed following the recommendations from the Report, as well as input of player associations and their experiences related to delivering education sessions to athletes efficiently.

The European Leadership Course will start in January 2021 and will be delivered via online sessions to athlete associations volunteers and staff.