Projects

Erasmus+ Sport
DONA - Dual Career for Women Athletes
01-2019 a 06-2021
Collaborative Partnerships
EU GRANT: 372806 EUR
Project leader
ASSOCIACIO ESPORTIVA CARLES VALLBONA
Project partners
SCUOLA DI PALLAVOLO ANDERLINI SOCIETA COOPERATIVA SOCIALE SPORTIVA DILETTANTISTICA (IT), ISTRES PROVENCE VOLLEY (FR), STICHTING DE SPORTMAATSCHAPPIJ (NL), THE EUROPEAN ATHLETE AS STUDENT (MT), UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI (SL), MALTA VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION (MT)
Description

The main objective of the Dual Career for Women Athletes (DONA) is to investigate, develop and test a DC methodology for successfully approaching & enhancing women’s athletes Dual Careers in a form of a club-based pilot project, involving volleyball clubs from 4 different EU countries. Furthermore, the partnership consists of the necessary & complementary profiles of a university (UL), a coaching center (DSM) & of the European Dual Career Network (EAS) from 2 more EU countries. The project will target female volleyball athletes between 12-20 years old, covering the important development stages including major changes on academic, athletic, psychological, social & professional levels. Through the sport clubs, 250 athletes will be directly involved in the pilot program. Moreover, 300 family members, 25 coaches & 24 other clubs’ staff will also be directly part of the DONA project.Athletes & main stakeholders will be first taking part in a study where DC experts will investigate deeper the challenges faced by the target group. After, following the developed DC methodology several professionals in key areas (such as psychologist, career coach, nutritionist etc.) led by the Dual Career Club Management (DCCM) unit will support & help athletes in the 16 months long pilot. Further to the support services, the clubs will work on creating an optimal DC environment by setting up the necessary cooperation agreements with educational institutions (4 universities & 16 local schools will be involved).The project’s most important IO will be a transferable DC support methodology specially designed for female athletes. The successful achievement of DONA aims at; decreasing female athletes’ dropout from sport clubs; preparing athletes for the transition periods with developing the needed skills & competences; increasing the number of elite female volleyball players; making young athletes & their families aware that it is possible to aim for both educational & sports career.

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