PDM and Dual Careers

EU Athletes PDM project

The project improved the way 27 player associations in membership of EU Athletes offered support and advice on dual careers to 12,000 elite athletes in 12 countries. It promoted a good governance model to player associations based on Player Development Managers (PDMs) as the regular proactive interface with their players.

The project included exchange visits for individuals from 19 associations from 12 countries. This allowed key staff to learn from different associations and improve their own services – both structurally and through the skill-set of staff.  This was supported by a training seminar in February 2014 that to maximised the usefulness and appropriateness of the exchanges. All participants needed to produce a report for their associations after each exchange.

A three day training conference for all 27 members of EU Athletes was held in Finland in early 2015 to share the best practice developed during the exchanges and to promote the concept of PDMs and EU Guidelines on Dual Careers.

Finally a paper and electronic booklet aimed at player associations for promoting dual careers and PDMs was produced and disseminated to all member player associations.

Duration : 13 months (between 2014 – 2015)

Budget : 194,038€

1 : Kick off meeting in Brussels
2 : Training Seminar in Brussels
3 : Exchange visits
4 : Feedback reports
5 : Planning Meeting in Finland
6 : Big Conference in Finland
7 : Production of Booklet on Best Practice for PDMs and dual career
8 : Wrap up meeting in Brussels