The STICK Project (www.stickproject.eu ), funded by Erasmus+ programme, has been working on the design of a specific mobility path for High Dedication Athletes, enabling them to make coincide an
The STICK Project (www.stickproject.eu ), funded by Erasmus+ programme, has been working on the design of a specific mobility path for High Dedication Athletes, enabling them to make coincide an academic mobility with a sport mobility.
This last year, the STICK Project consortium has been designing a pilot programme, based on detected needs of Hockey, from all perspectives: student/athlete, clubs, universities, etc.
But the main goal of the project is to make it feasible to as many sports as possible. Therefore, we are glad to invite representatives from all sports, in order to share with them the first results and see if they fit to their specific needs and see how the scheme can be adapted to them.
We will be delighted to share with you these results in a very participative event
February 7th, 2019 – 18h-20h
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Nottingham, United Kingdom:
February 15th, 2019 – 13.30h-15h
February 5th, 2019 – 16h-18h
February 12th – 14h-15.30h
February 27th – 13.30h
Year Around Event (2019)
Introduction The STICK multiplier event was held on the 5th of February 2019 on the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and was organized by the Erasmus University represented by Laura de
The STICK multiplier event was held on the 5th of February 2019 on the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and was organized by the Erasmus University represented by Laura de Reus and Tessa Savonije and by HC Rotterdam represented by Mark van Rijn, Jokko de Wit and Frank Gimbrere.
- Welcome and introduction to STICK project by Mark van Rijn (HC Rotterdam)
- Presentation of Erasmus+ programme by Tessa Savonije (International Relations Officer EUR)
- STICK project’s first results by Jokko de Wit ( HC Rotterdam Commercial Manager)
- Case Study Anna Barba’s video, spanish player at HC Rotterdam under Erasmus+ programme
- Discussion by Laura de Reus (Dual Career Advisor)
- Network reception
End of event
The dissamination of the event was done by email, Linked-in,Facebook , posters and personal contacts.
Invitations were sent to:
- Universities ; all universities in the Netherlands to the dual carreer officers and associates of foreign countries and associates who are connected with the Erasmus+ programm.
- The National Hockey Association (KNHB)
- Organisations in Rotterdam who promote and support (top) sport in the city of Rotterdam (Rotterdam Topsport and Rotterdam Sport Support)
- Topsport organisations and clubs in Rotterdam (football, handbal,squash, judo, athletics, karate, rowing, baseball, swimming)
- 18 Hockeyclubs in the neigbourhood of Rotterdam.
- Organistions who facillitates the development of young sportstalents (Deltalent)
In relation to the attendants profiles, dual career officers, topsports experts, field hockey players, universities’ international officers and coaches attended and participated, among others.
Feedback and conclusions of the event
General feedback was gathered from the event discussions:
- 10 attendants say that their targetgroup will benefitb from the project, 3 say maybe and 0 say the see no benefot.
- It has really potential but actuallyb how big is the real targetgroup
- Is it suitable for each sport? It is not clear how the results of the STICK-project can be impleented in other sports. Especially in individual sports with their individual coaches/trainers (i.e easier to replace a tennis coach then hockeyteam)
- From the point of view of sport atrractive but the acadamic cross-compliance will be the deciciding factor.
- Ensure uniformity in study-programs
- Very complex to bring the requirements of the player togetherv with those of the universities.
- To obtain an elite sportstatus takes years of effort . Only then the student will get flexebility in his/her study program. Therefore she/he needs to get flexibility in his/her study proram before she/he obtains the status . Anexchangeprogram can improve his social and mental skills.
- In Holland we have the FLOT (Flexible Education and Topsport) which is signed by all universities But , unfortunatly, we see little flexibility in practice (www.werkindesport.nl/files/nieuws/getekend actieplan.pdf)
- The exchange has to be for a reasonable period will it be attractive fot sportsclubs.3 month is probably too short.
- Study programs should be more uniform in order to make it easier to go on exchange.
- When STICK is implemented :added value needs to be clearly communicated to HEI”s, since some of them are already facilitating their students in similar matters.
- HEI’s should value sports more
- Proposal: Universities partnering with sportsclubs and must offer good facilities with regard to stydyprogram. Universities should play an active role in this. Promoting that they are offering this to their student
- Going on exchange can be of value to the student’s development ( In general and regarding sports)
- There are a lot of personal differences (stydy program,kind of sport etc) that should taken into accountant which makes it less likely to make a match betwen the student ,HEI and sports club.
- Better to target the students who do not play at the highest level but one below and who study at Higher Vacational Education.
- HEI’s being more flexible in making adjustments in study program will make going on exchange easier.
- HEI’s should communicate with which sports clubs they collaborate in order for the student to make it easier to choose the HEI to study at.
Year Around Event (2019)
Introduction The Multiplier was organized at the University of Antwerp on the 12th of February 2019. The goal of the event was to attract as many people as possible from
The Multiplier was organized at the University of Antwerp on the 12th of February 2019. The goal of the event was to attract as many people as possible from outside of the hockey sport to disseminate the preliminary results of the project.
Nils Van de Velden, Topsport coordinator Universiteit Antwerpen
- Presentation of Pilot Exchange Programme
Tim Berckmans, International Relations Office, Universiteit Antwerpen
- Discussion on implementing the Stick programma in other fields of sport, by Dominique Vos, KHC Dragons
In consultation with Sport Vlaanderen we decided to send out the invitation to all the Flemish sport federations instead of individual sport clubs. The sports federations could in turn disseminate the information to the individual clubs that are registered with them.
Besides the Flemish sport federations, invitations were also sent out to the International coordinators of all the higher education institutions and other hockey clubs.
In the end 16 people registered for the event and 15 people attended. We had a good mix of attendants with representatives of the Flemish football federation, the Flemish cycling federation, the Flemish judo federation, the Flemish korfball federation and ice hockey. Besides the federations some faculty members of the University of Antwerp attended and members of the Dragons Hockey club. Félix de Nayer, hockey player of Dragons and the Belgian national team, also attended and posted on Instagram about his attendance to his 21K followers.
After a general presentation about the progress of the project, a discussion was opened with the attendants to see if the project could be implemented in their field of sports, and to get general feedback on the feasibility of the project.
The following conclusions could be taken away from the discussion:
- Combining study and top sports is already challenging, combining it with a study abroad experience would make it extra difficult, especially for players of the national team. Training obligations for the national team make a period studying abroad nigh impossible.
- Clubs are not always happy for their players to leave for an Erasmus exchange, and players are often forced to switch club if they indeed want to go on exchange.
- In the case of team sports, it would be easier to plan an exchange if the athlete would go abroad for a full year instead of 1 semester.
- Incoming exchange students risk not being able to play in matches, since their playing minutes on the field would be at the expense of local players.
- There are fewer practical problems for athletes in individual sports to go on exchange, they would only need good training facilities or a good local club to train at. It would even be a good option for some of them to spend a period abroad: ex. Cyclist could go on exchange in the first semester, there are no races during this period, and they could continue there training abroad.
- There are added benefits for international students to train in a local sports club. It could improve integration in the local community, and avoid the traditional Erasmus Bubble students are living in.
- It might be a good idea to start up a database with clubs linked to a university in order for students to check beforehand what the local sports options are.
- Shift the focus from the athletes with a top sport status to the students just below this level. It would increase the impact of the project.
Year Around Event (2019)
Introduction The multiplier event held by the Ireland based consortium members of the STICK project was held on the 27th February 2019, at 1:30pm. The event was held at the
The multiplier event held by the Ireland based consortium members of the STICK project was held on the 27th February 2019, at 1:30pm. The event was held at the Helix building at Dublin City University and was aimed at presenting members of the sporting community in Ireland with the possibility of a dual career mobility and then receive feedback from those members. The event was successful in allowing for fruitful discussion and presenting possible challenges that sporting groups face in facilitating dual career mobilities for university students. The following report will detail the happenings of the multiplier event.
Weds 27 February, 13:30 The Gallery, The Helix Dublin City University
Arrival and Accreditations (drinks and canopies)
- Mr James Galvin, Director DCU Sport and Well Being
- Elaine Donohue, President, Pembroke Wanderers Hockey Club
- Ms Mireia Gali, Coordinator STICK Project
Introduction to STICK Project and most relevant results’ presentation, by Ms Mireia Gali, Athletic Terrassa Hockey Club, Spain
Group discussions to debate the mobility program’s suitability to other sports from different perspectives: athletes, clubs, federations, etc.
Moderator/s: Dr. David Passmore, Dublin City University
Discussion Groups conclusions’ sharing and open questions (FAQ)
Closure by Mr James Galvin, Director DCU Sport and Well Being
Drinks and Canopies
Organisation, dissemination and participants
The Dublin multiplier event was organised through a series of meetings, primarily involving Dave Passmore (Dublin City University), Audrey Byrne (Dublin City University), Elaine Donohue (Pembroke Wanderers Hockey Club) and Cody Thomas. Due to the extensive facilities in Dublin City University, it was easy to organise a location at the appropriate time. Ultimately, the event was held in a conference room in The Helix building. Invitations were sent to individuals via a range of methods including phone calls, face to face meetings and email. There were challenges in arranging a time that would be ideal for members of the sporting community and those from universities and educational institutions. A time was decided aiming to get as many of the invitees to the event as possible. Email invites were followed up via phone call. Ultimately, the event was a success in bringing together representatives of multiple involved areas such as sport and education and receiving feedback about the program.
Feedback and conclusions of the event
Feedback about the STICK Project was positive. All attendees were confident that this system would be beneficial for all sports. There were a number of points raised regarding potential challenges for individual sports and the program as a whole. They are as follows:
- Regarding Gaelic football there wouldn’t be high enough levels of competition outside of Ireland to have an appropriate program for high performance players. The Gaelic Athletic Association would not allow it’s high performance players to go outside of Ireland for this reason.
- For Judo there would be a lack of options for countries in Europe outside of Ireland. The point was also raised that coaches would want to know that their athletes are being sent to trustworthy coaches at their destination.
- There was a general concern that athletes going on Erasmus would be taken outside of their high performance pathways, which could mean that they then don’t have the opportunities that they would have if they were to stay in their home country.
- Some sporting clubs have stronger 1st teams than others. Would this be taken into consideration when sending athletes to certain clubs. Is there a system where athletes are paired with a club due to their compatibility.
- It was generally agreed that it would be far more difficult to send the highest level of elite athletes on Erasmus programs, so having the distinction between Elite Athletes and High dedication athletes is very beneficial.
- Sporting clubs would desire a certain amount of trust between themselves and the clubs they are sending their players to, due to those players being outstanding club players. They do not want to see players lose progress during their time on Erasmus because the host club was not capable of meeting the athlete’s training needs.
- One of the biggest points raised was around the idea of having some sort of ‘vetting’ or ‘ranking’ system to appropriately match players to clubs, and also ensure that host clubs have the appropriate facilities to effectively host high dedication athletes.
- Basketball was seen as a good fit for the program because of Europe’s depth and strength in basketball.
- For some universities, when top athletes leave to go overseas for a period of time, it can hurt the culture of that particular sport within the university. This was seen as an issue primarily for smaller sports. For example, if there are a couple of ‘high dedication’ level players in a university, others who aren’t as high level can be more likely to play. When those higher level players leave, it means other players may be less likely to continue playing. The Erasmus program may cause this to happen in some sports within certain university groups.
- When the program was considered with regards to rugby, it may be a step back to go to another country and play in their top leagues for some athletes. This raises the concern that within different countries, the top level of sport can vary, so this would need to be taken into consideration in the development of something like the STICK Program for all sports.
- Sharon Tighe-Mooney from the Higher Education Authority spoke about the numbers of Erasmus students having gone down recently. This project could definitely improve those numbers in the future.
Ultimately there was a very positive response regarding the STICK Pilot Program and the idea of opening this out to all sports through the Erasmus program. Representatives of both team and individual sports were positive about the impact it could have to their athletes, their sport and their relationships with sports associations from other countries. The main challenges that were foreseen revolved around the disparity between levels of sport throughout the different countries involved in the potential Erasmus project and the welfare of players who go on a dual-career mobility. The main concern is that the program needs to do everything it can to ensure that the student athletes not only have a beneficial experience, but also improve academically and in their chosen sport.
Year Around Event (2019)