Educational institutions have a major challenge to regulate the development of their students as good as possible. Them being involved in dual careers of students could be very advantageous as it aims to serve the same goal. Persons from educations could be employees from high schools who are responsible for the overall well-being of students or who are more involved with dedicated athletes.
What do educations need to know?
The importance of dual careers for athletes / students (and especially why it is important that children also participate in sports).
The club’s dual career vision / philosophy.
Who is responsible for the program within the club and who can they contact for questions.
That sporting development will never be at the expense of a healthy development and personal well-being.
How do you involve educations?
Ask them for critical study moments for that year (to check if it is conflicting with important sporting events).
Send them your newsletters to inform them about your activities concerning the dual career program.
Invite them for your events when relevant, for example at the beginning of your season.
Ask your athletes who is their contact person at school and archive this information. Then you know who to reach when its needed.
Be visible and let them know when and how they can reach out for you.
Guidelines for educations to participate
You are open for cooperations with sport clubs and have frequent contact with the dual career coordinator at the clubs.
You are aware of the potential advantages that a dual career could offer to the personal development of students.
You are open for discussions and meetings with the dual career team within the club and serve the interest of educational institutions.
You are able to stimulate autonomy in students, and especially dual career students.
Be able to effectively communicate with sports clubs when important and busy school periods are.
You have, on behalf of the educational institution, a clear vision about dual careers.
You know the vision about dual careers of sports clubs.
You have to be aware that sporting development will is never at all at the expense of a healthy, general (psychosocial) development and the well-being of young students/athletes.
RESULTS FROM BEST PRACTICES FROM THE ERASMUS PLUS ICDC PROJECT
Schools need to be educated about the dual career situation of the individual sport talents and ensure that sports talents are recognised as student-athlete within education. Research shows that this benefits motivation and performance in dual career.
Explain to schools about the goal, benefits, impact and requirements of Dual Career in general.
Organize Dual Career awareness sessions for schools (information meetings at school or sports club).
Explain to schools the sport club’s vision on Dual Career.
Invest in a two-way street between sport clubs and schools.
Ask schools what they expect from sport clubs in the Dual Career support.
Make it clear to schools that a sporting development is never at all at the expense of a healthy, general (psychosocial) development and the well-being of young sports talents.
Let teachers encourage sport talents to take ownership over their own development and utilise the support that is avalaible to them.
Explain to teachers how they can provide sport talents with the necessary emotional, tangible and informational support to achieve in Dual Career.
Coordinate with schools regarding information in dual careers, so that sports talents are aware of the Dual Career options for them.
Ensure that contacts and coordinators in sport and education know each other.
Ask schools to plan and prepare together for busy / important times within the school year, when sport talents might be under additional stress. If possible, schools can provide additional support to sport talents during this time.
Schools must acknowledge the achievements of sport talents and share in their dual career successes.
An important aspect of the Dual Career program of Red Bull Salzburg is more and better coordination between school and sport. Schools and the club are informed of each other’s schedules and share these proactively. Thus, activities in sport and school are aligned and an annual schedule is drafted. In this annual schedule exam periods can be rescheduled due to, for example, training weeks or important tournaments. In tournaments longer than five days, there is always an educator on the trip, who will ensure that all school online study packages will be completed and the players will be on track when they are back at school.