French National Olympic Committee best practice for DCA
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Sport et citoyenneté. (2018). Sport, Education and Training in Europe: A dual career for a dual life - Sport et citoyenneté. [online] Available at: https://www.sportetcitoyennete.com/en/articles-en/sport-education-and-training-in-europe-a-dual-career-for-a-dual-life [Accessed 19 Nov. 2018].
As part of its project for French sport, released in 2014, the French National Olympic Committee (CNOSF) confirmed its will to “encourage a social and professional follow-up of elite athletes, both during and after their career.”
For more than 4 years, CNOSF has implemented in France a complete offer for athletes, raising awareness and preparing career change of elite athletes with the support of Adecco group and Foundation: the so-called “Parcours Athlète Emploi”, a French version of the Athlete Career Programme (ACP) of the IOC.
In France, this programme is composed of 4 aspects:- “Raising awareness on career change”: Discovery and importance of preparing a career change beforehand.- “Building”: Define a professional project fitting athlete’s personality.- “Getting ready”: Techniques and methods to apply for jobs. - “Achievement”: Apply for jobs.
Parcours Athlète Emploi is a programme that fully mobilises Olympic Partners. So far, nearly 200 athletes have gotten aware of the Programme for 4 years, and more than 70 have joined it directly.
In 2013, CNOSF and Adecco Foundation also launched a call for proposals to “Prepare and guide athletes towards employment”, with a €100,000 budget on top. The Elite Athletes Commission 1st Forum also helped to raise awareness among athletes on this issue.
Later on this year, CNOSF will develop new communication tools with Adecco group in order to increase links between the world of sport and the business world.