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Innovative approach to Sports Education in Europe receives positive review

A dissemination review has taken place on an innovative new approach to helping European based elite sports students achieve both their academic and sporting goals.
Launched in 2014 ESTPORT is a test programme to assist dual career athletes to balance their academic life with their national and international sporting pursuits.

Plymouth-based Europa Training UK has been working with the programme since its inception, to evaluate project activities and outcomes along with disseminating the programme through media platforms and to compile results from the educational facilities involved. The Europa Training UK team delivered their findings and results at a recent international conference held at the Universidad Catolica San Antonio de Murcia in south eastern Spain, which consisted of all the academic project partners, elite athletic students and Spanish Olympic Committee as well as representatives from the European Union and other key stakeholders.

The ESTPORT project was set up to evaluate the benefits of developing network groups at regional, national and European level among the project partners, to understand the value of targeted Sport Tutorship. The network brings students/athletes, coaches, professors, educational institutions, sport authorities and organisations and other relevant stakeholders together to work as a forum for cooperation and the exchange of knowledge and good practices.

Gosia Kuklinska, director of Europa Training UK, said at the conference, “As a training organisation dealing with a diverse range of students across Europe we really understand how difficult it can be to balance dual careers, and how important it is for students to feel that they are getting the support and flexibility they need to be able to succeed in all their goals, both sporting and academic.”

“We were thrilled to be involved in the programme which has really made a different to the elite athletes and Olympic medallists, allowing them to concentrate on their studies and training, without compromising either.”

“It’s been inspiring to meet some of the amazing athletes from across Europe that have been involved first hand in ESTPORT here at the final project conference – they are trailblazers for future dual career students!”

Based on comparison data collated by the five academic project partners* before the launch of the ESTPORT project and recent findings, results were presented at the conference that specialist sports tutorship had benefited their elite students greatly and that other academic institutes could gain greatly from the key output of the project, a handbook which combines methodology, guidelines, recommendations and conclusions for future use.

For more information on European funded training programmes, contact Gosia Kuklinska at Europa Training UK on 01752 764206, e: gosia@europatrainingltd.com