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

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 

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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.

PROLead, the new Erasmus+ project to shape athletes’ leadership skills kicks off

PROLead, the new Erasmus+ project to shape athletes’ leadership skills kicks off

On the 28th of January the kick-off meeting of PROLead, the new 3-years project funded by the Erasmus+ Program, took place in Amsterdam. PROLead aims to improve dual career opportunities for professional athletes by providing tailored leadership training for current and retired athletes.

EU Athletes is responsible to coordinate the 9 partners taking part into the project, which are: Professional Players Federation (PPF), Gaelic Players Association (GPA) Rugby Players Ireland (RPI), Ube Union Basketteurs d’Europe (UBE), The Cyclists’ Alliance (TCA), Fédération Nationale des Associations et Syndicats de Sportifs (FNASS), Asociación de Jugadores y Jugadoras de Voleibol (AJJV), Asociacion de Jugadores de Futbol Sala (AJFS), Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln (DSHS).  

Running for 3 years, until December 2022, the project is structured in three main phases:

  • The review of current leadership education for athletes across Europe and identify good practices for teaching leadership to players;
  • The design and delivery of a European-wide one-year leadership education course for player association staff and volunteers;
  • The design and delivery of 7 national leadership programs for athletes in 6 different countries. 

Innovation is an important aspect that differentiates the program, as the project is athlete led, specifically tailored for their needs and focused on soft skills that will be useful on on and off the pitch. The expected outcome of PROLead is to help athletes to get a satisfying job after the professional sport careers, as well as strengthen the relationship between players and their associations, which can benefit also by reinforcing their network with other players associations around Europe.

The kick-off meeting gathered all the partners of the project to discuss and outline their roles, responsibilities and strategies in order to successfully carry out the project.

EU Athletes in Lithuania for the third awareness raising session of Integrisport Erasmus+

EU Athletes in Lithuania for the third awareness raising session of Integrisport Erasmus+

The third awareness raising session on combating sport manipulation and match fixing, within the framework of EU-financed Project Integrisport Erasmus+, was held in Vilnius, Lithuania, between 2-4 December. It was co-organized by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport and the Lithuanian Sport Centre, together with CSCF-Foundation for Sport Integrity.

The productive debate was an occasion to discuss, with the representatives of Lithuanian Law Enforcement and Judiciary, the problematics concerning sport manipulation and match fixing, providing them with insights and recommendations to face and combat this spreading issue.

As representative of players, EU Athletes has been called on stage to share the perspective of the athletes and the work that, alongside its members, is carrying on to fight against match fixing. PROtect Integrity, the project founded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, was presented to the audience, depicting the key aspects and benefits for the professional athletes, including the player=led Red Button reporting App.

The Integrisport Erasmus+ awareness raising sessions provide the local law and juridical enforcement with a better knowledge and comprehension about the dangers of sport manipulation on society.

The next session will take place in Helsinki in February 2020.

Project CARE by World Player Association, EU Athletes cares about the youngest

Project CARE by World Player Association, EU Athletes cares about the youngest

On the #HumanRightsDay the World Player Association launches its first global study on child athletes’ experience in collaboration with Loughborough University. EU Athletes is involved in the development and dissemination of the project with three of its affiliates (Associación de Jugadores de Fútbol-Sala, the Norwegian Players’ Association (NISO) and The Cyclist Alliance), alongside International Rugby Players, Federation of International Cricketers Associations (FICA) and  Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA).

The pilot study, called Project CARE (Census of Athletes Rights Experiences), is the first that looks into the childhood experiences of professional players; it will last two years and aims to change the way the rights of child athletes are promoted and protected throughout world sport, by building recommendations for sport governing bodies and player associations that will help to prevent child rights violation from happening. The origin of the project arises from the need to draw the attention to young athletes’ education and protection, as the institutions that govern sport have ignored, from a policy point of view, their responsibility to put children’s best interests at the top of their priorities.

Project CARE involves athletes through an anonymous survey, available in five languages (English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Japanese), to get information and data about their experiences when they were child athletes. The survey includes sections to assess respondents’ demographic profile; recognition of their rights; factors related to their development; support for their individual and collective power, participation and voice; experiences of different forms of violence (physical and emotional as well as sexual harassment, abuse and exploitation); experiences of help and protection; current sporting performance and indicators of personal well-being. Due to the nature of some questions that could be distressing, the World Player Association will make sure that local services and self-care resources are supporting psychologically the athletes, as declared by Gigi Alford, Director of Sport and Human Rights of the World Players Association.

The survey, which results are expected on Spring 2020, is online and shareable via email or messaging platforms.