The SCORES project (Developing SKILLS & COMPETENCES RESULTING in EMPLOYABILITY THROUGH SPORT) is an exciting new initiative which connects academic experts, sports organizations, volunteers and representatives from the business sector, from six EU countries – Spain, Italy, Finland, Bulgaria, Belgium and the Netherlands – with expertise and a continued interest in improving young athletes ‘support in their life and career during and after sport. The project focus within the field of Dual Careers (DC) of athletes is on employability and supporting services, and therefore the topic is ‘Promote education in and through sport with special focus on skills development, as well as support the implementation of the EU Guidelines on Dual Careers of Athletes’.
Sports is a value–based sector directly linked to ethical leadership and to the development of professional skills. As a matter of fact, sports are a goldmine of occupational skills to access the labor market as one of the very unique assets in the present global economy. In the course of his/heer sport career, an athlete may acquire basic skills and competences (such as fair play, self-esteem, resilience, honesty, trust, etc.) but also specific job related skills (such as sensitivity to diversity, client/environment awareness, generating synergies, teambuilding, taking care of people, etc.). The above sets of skills are often taught in the best MBA’s. Athletes can acquire them while practicing sport at the highest level.
Detecting how and when – in which situations – (competitions, training, etc.) these skills and competences are and can be developed while practicing sports, is crucial. It is also very important to create the necessary tools to streamline and reinforce them.
Recognition is crucial for the project and therefore the partners acknowledges the need to deploy informal learning validation mechanisms that can lead to increased employability of young athletes. In this regard, the main goal of the project is to contribute towards sustaining European young athletes in their DC and increase their employment opportunities (before and during the retirement transition), providing them support to prepare for “normal” careers and promoting the recognition of informal education acquired during their sports career.