Nowadays, students at European universities have to develop, not only academic skills, but also those skills and competences that will allow them to succeed in a global job market. Intercultural and language abilities are a must, and this is the reason why the European Union is supporting mobility programmes in order to facilitate stays abroad.
Elite amateur sport men and women are not outside of this reality. They have to develop a dual career at the highest level: both, academic and sportive. If they want to be at the highest sport level, trainings and competitions are very demanding. At the same time, they have to do their best at the university, as their labour future does not depend on the sport, but on their studies and competences.
Too often, these students have to renounce living a mobility experience because of the high sport demand. It also happens that some of them decide to put above their studies and then they leave their sport in order to live the international academic experience.
Clubs and national federations loose then a talent, while they lose the opportunity to compete at the highest level. Others, they choose to live a sport mobility leaving aside the academic career, as the international Club where they are offered to play does not have a university with an agreement with their university.
This project proposal aims at the design of a sport-academic exchange scheme into the Erasmus+ Programme. Erasmus+ requirements and elite sports’ requirements do not fit very well, and if universities and sport clubs work together, we a way to make possible that elite sport men and women do not have to choose between their academic and professional life and their sport life, enhancing their dual careers.
The project is focused in Field Hockey as a pilot sport, but final results are expected are going to take into consideration all sports, mainly amateurs. There will be two main results: a) Hockey/Academic Exchange Programme and b) Sport/Academic Exchange.