SMART SPORT supports the implementation of EU Guidelines on Dual Careers (DC) of athletes by setting up a transnational network of stakeholders who will elaborate, implement and test an Innovative Dual Career Program (DCP) as a new educational and training opportunity for athletes and coaches. SMART SPORT will strengthen cooperation between educational institutions and sport organizations at EU level while meeting the hard challenge athletes face today in having to combine education with sports training. Despite the hard efforts of the EC in promoting its policies on DC of athletes only in a few Member States the EU Guidelines on DC (2012) are well implemented. SMART SPORT will contribute to supporting their further implementation and development allowing for flexible online education for talented students - athletes in Project Partner Countries (PPC). The project targets university students-athletes, coaches and sport professionals from each PPC. Modern technologies change the way in which society operates and have a huge impact on the development of sport by giving it a whole new perspective to focus on. The project Innovative DCP will consist of three online educational modules elaborated by project experts in sport technology. The didactic content will be oriented towards a tech-enabled learning and training to facilitate prospective program participants in acquiring new, more advanced and effective skills. SMART SPORT addresses the priority of the Erasmus+ SPORT Program “to promote and support good governance in sport and dual careers of athletes”. SMART SPORT will help to improve the competence of university athletes and coaches through education in and through sport, increase the awareness of major stakeholders in sports and education about DC of athletes and elaborate new state of the art DC paths for EU athletes. The project will have a EU added value as it contributes to further developing a common curriculum of educational programs for EU athletes in DC.
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