The SCORES project (Developing SKILLS & COMPETENCES RESULTING in EMPLOYABILITY THROUGH SPORT) is an exciting new initiative which connects academic experts, sport organisations’ volunteers and representatives and the business sector, from six EU countriesSpain, Italy, Finland, Bulgaria, Belgium and the Netherlands – with expertise and a continued interest in raising awareness and improving young athletes support in their life and career during and after sport. The project focus within the field of Dual Careers (DC) of athletes is on employability and supporting services., and therefore the topic ‘Promote education in and through sport with special focus on skills development, as well support the implementation of the EU Guidelines on Dual Careers of Athletes’.

Sport is a value based sector directly linked to ethical leadership and to the development of professional skills. As a matter of fact, sport is a gold mine of occupational skills to access the labour market as one of the very unique assets in the present global economy. An athlete, may acquire through his/her sport career, basic skills and competences (such fair play, self-esteem, resilience, honesty, trust, etc.) but also those specific to a job (such as sensitivity to diversity, client/environment awareness, generating synergies, teambuilding, taking care of people, etc.). The above sets of skills are often taught in the best MBAs. Athletes can acquire them while practising sport at the highest level.

Detecting how and when – in which situations – (competitions, training, etc.) these skills and competences are and can be developed in the practice of sport is crucial, and so it is building the necessary instruments to streamline and reinforce them. Its recognition is also crucial, and therefore the project partnership further acknowledges the need to deploy informal learning validation mechanisms that can lead to increased employability of young athletes. In this regard, the general objective of the project is to contribute towards sustaining European young athletes in their DC and increase their employment opportunities (before and during the retirement transition), providing them support to prepare for careers outside the sport field and promoting the recognition of informal education acquired during their sport career.

The specific objectives of this project are:

  • To understand which values, competences and skills are embedded in the different sport disciplines – whether individual or team-based, Olympic or professional – and are preferred by employers, and develop effective toolkits for sport organisations to streamline and reinforce them;
  • To develop a pilot programme to improve and exploit athletes’ skills for their better employability, using a holistic approach, which includes the validation of non-formal and informal learning gained in and through sport based on an objective certification system;
  • To raise awareness and boost the capacity of the coaches/mentors/trainers and other sport technical staff in favour of the professional development and skill training of the athletes, promoting the role and education of such agents in the DC field;
  • To activate and encourage a network of sport and labour market organisations, education centers, as well as other key stakeholders, to share knowledge and best practices in promoting athletes’ future job careers.

There is a strong belief among project partners (PP) that sport inherently possesses the potential to contribute to young people’s individual development. In this regard, partners aim to undertake an important step in contributing towards the priority of the European Commission (EC) of promoting the social and educational function of European sports. By achieving the outlined objectives, the project directly contributes to the EU Guidelines on DC of Athletes (2012), which has been a priority for the EU in the field of sport since the 2007 White Paper on Sport[1]. It further contributes to the intention under the EU Work Plan for Sport 2014-2017 of giving more attention to employability and labour market. This is of course in line with the Europe 2020 Growth Strategy for ‘smart, inclusive and sustainable growth’, which aim is on improving the employability and mobility in the EU

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Kick off meeting in Barcelona

Additional information

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  • workshop in Brussels
  • Training on EU funding
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