What is it about?

The Commission’s support for dual careers will ensure that young sportspeople receive an education and/or professional training alongside their sports training. It will also help European athletes perform well and compete at a high international level, while reducing the number who drop out of school, university and sport.

The quality of sport training centres and their staff should be sufficiently high in order to safeguard the athletes' moral and educational development and their professional interests.

Why is it needed?

Young, high-level athletes who train and compete throughout Europe face multiple risks, with many missing out on high quality education and training that could help them prepare for a new career after they retire.

In response to the European Council's 2008 call to address the question of "dual careers", the Commission is engaged in making sure that young, high-level athletes have the skills and knowledge they need in order to be able to smoothly move on from sport when the time comes.

What has been done so far?

A number of projects and studies have been conducted to explore this issue:

  • Study on the training of young sportspeople.
  • Study on the education of young sportspersons.
  • Four transnational dual career projects were supported in the framework of the 2009 Preparatory Action in the field of sport.
  • The EU Expert Group on Education and Training in Sport submitted EU Guidelines on Dual Careers of Athletes in late 2012.