In this first phase, the STICK project has designed and sent a survey to all hockey clubs and to all universities in the five participating countries, to know first hand the reality and the point of view of the clubs, with the Casuistics of players of the first teams, male and female, who, as university students, consider Erasmus + academic mobility and take advantage of it to play in another European team. The collaboration of all the clubs is very important, since the answers to these surveys will allow the consortium to design a scheme of academic-sports mobility that can take into account the needs of all the clubs and of all the universities.
The project will be carried out by a consortium made up of a total of 10 institutions from 5 European countries where grass hockey is of great relevance, with a hockey club and a university by country: Atlètic Terrassa Hockey Club, coordinator and promoter of the project, and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona by our country; In Belgium, there is the participation of KHC Dragons and the Universiteit Antwerpen; in Holland, Rotterdam HC and Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam; in England, the Beeston HC and the Nottingham Trent University; and, finally, in Ireland, the Pembroke Wanderers with the Dublin City University.
For those in charge of the project, if universities and clubs work together, high-level athletes may be able to carry out academic mobility within the framework of the Erasmus + program, linked to sports mobility, without having to give up none of them.
The STICK project, with a duration of two years, will be initially focused on grass hockey, as a pilot sport, in such a way that all the players and hockey players of European clubs can host them. The final objective of the project is to extend this model of academic-sports mobility to all sports. In the long term, it is expected that the European Commission will implement this scheme of specific mobility for elite athletes and high performance in the bases of future programs.
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