ERASMUS+ Sport project ''How to lead a sport club to a successful future''

Sport is one major pillar of health in our society. Sport clubs – on every level of professionalism – take a leading role in offering grassroot sports activities to European citizens and therefore contribute to public health. Semi -professional sport clubs can be compared to companies. Sport clubs provide services for their members and non - members with scarce resources (e.g. sport facilities, coaches, financial resources) like companies do. The main difference to companies can be found in the acting persons. While companies are (mostly) led by professional managers with respective education, semi - professional sport clubs are mostly governed by volunteers.

Therefore sportGO supports the management of semi -professional sport clubs by developing a practical training program to enhance the governance skills of semiprofessional sport club officials, employees and managers

ERASMUS+ ''sportGO'' supports the management of semi-professional sport clubs by developing a practical training program to enhance the governance skills of semi-professional sport club officials, employees and managers. 

The main objectives were: 

(1) to improve available structures and implement a cost-efficient governance of semi-professional sport clubs 

(2) to foster grassroots sport activities by supporting semi-professional sport clubs in enabling good conditions for their active members 

(3) to strengthen national and regional sports governing bodies by increasing their offer and capacity in training representatives 

(4) to exchange and transfer knowledge and know-how related to governance and management of sport fclubs from higher education institutions to sport clubs and vice versa.

Project results

The main results of the sportGO project are:

  • sportGO Training Curriculum
  • Being a Successful Semi-Professional Sport Club Manager Training Material
  • Training course for “Being a Successful Semi-Professional Sport Club Manager”

The training topics

Following topics are covered in the training:

  • Management Skill and Basic Introduction
  • Management Tools for a Successful Future
  • Sponsorship – How to acquire funding?
  • Insurance and Legal Issues
  • Leadership and Human Resource Management (including recruitment of volunteers)
  • Best Practice Examples on how to manage a sport club successfully

The target groups

sportGO aims to reach three different target groups:

  • Managers and officials of semi-professional sport clubs
  • Regional and national sport governing bodies
  • Training providers

Term of implementation:

January 2017 - June 2017

Project Consortium:

FH Jaonneum Graz Austria - Coordinator

WUS Austria Graz Austria

Austrian Volleyball Association

University of West Hungary

Orinteering Federation of County Vas Hungary

Lithuanian Sports University

Lithuanian Union of Sports Federations

Faculty of Sport and Physical Education University of Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina

Olympic Committee of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Faculty of Sport University of Ljubljana Slovenia

Olympic Committee of Slovenia

University of Alicante Spain

Real Federation Espanola de Hockey Spain

ERASMUS+ Sport ''Athletes Learning Entrepreneurship – A New Type of Dual Career Approach – AtLETyC''

AtLETyC is a pioneering European entrepreneurship training course at postsecondary level. The highly flexible curriculum was commonly designed by elite athletes, dual career experts and academics. A blended learning concept combines custom-tailored online modules with concise on-site workshops.

Many elite athletes want to use their skills, networks and profile to start their own business during or after their sporting career. However, due to their busy schedule, they often miss out on specific education. In this regard, AtLETyC offers elite athletes the opportunity to combine top-class sport and top-level entrepreneurship training.

Elite athletes have an outstanding potential to become successful businesspersons. In their sporting career, they acquire extraordinary skills that are also crucial to entrepreneurial success:

  • Leadership and team spirit
  • Goal-orientation and determination
  • Motivation and commitment
  • Never-give-up attitude and performance under pressure
  • International mind-set and cross-cultural competences

Overall objectives:

  • To combine Athletes top-level sporting achievement with a new career possibility to strengthen their transition from sport into the labour market.
  • To develop, implement and transfer an innovative MOOC-based e-learning modular education program in different European countries, involving Universities and sport umbrella organizations and to enhance digital learning.
  • To promote and support the good governance in sport and Dual Career of Athletes to accomplish the EU Guidelines on Dual Careers for Athletes.
  • To support the creation of flexible learning pathways with the Athletes needs and objectives.
  • To strengthen cooperation and create networks between institutions and organisations active in the field of sport. The Specific objectives are:
  • Develop a vocational and/or higher education course on Entrepreneurship Athletes which will be offered in modules.
  • Developing tailor-made arrangements as the best solution.11 Athletes and trainers may pick the module they are especially interested in or where they have a special need for learning and teaching content.

Target groups:

Pool A:

Elite athletes who are active sports persons towards the end of their sports career (Category

1) and

Athletes who have ended their career 1 or 2 years ago (Category 2)

Pool B:

Additional target groups for the focus group and also for the pilot phase are (Category 3):

Athletes who have left their sports career 3-6 years ago

Athletes who are not yet elite athletes (Category 4).

Conclusions:

  • The overall results of the project which have been conducted successfully include the following:
  • Athletes as innovative and successful Entrepreneurs
  • Raised awareness in regards to the importance of dual career
  • Training curricula based on a blended learning approach was successfully developed
  • Face-to-face modules along with online modules were successfully constructed and thought
  • Pilot phase was a great success exceeding the number of participants

Term of implementation:

January 2016 – June 2018

Project Consortium:

FH Joanneum Graz Austria

WUS Austria Graz

KADA Sport with Prospects Austria

Faculty of Sport and Physical Education University of Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina

Olympic Committee of Bosnia and Herzegovina

University of Torino Italy

Italian Association of Culture and Sport

Lithuanian Sports University

Lithuanian Union of Sports Federations

University of Sport Budapest Hungary

Faculty of Sport University of Ljubljana Slovenia

Slovenian University Sports Association