of Sport Federations
Lifelong learning is an important and useful activity at every stage of life. This is especially true when someone’s life is changed or stuck in their living conditions, and needs further skills to develop their various competences. This project indirectly targets athletes, sportsmen who have been forced out of the competitive sport due to some external factors – mainly age, need to change their lives for the further successes, gain new knowledge, find new jobs, and seek new opportunities. We call them “after sport career athletes”. Our direct target group is educators, trainers, coaches who deal with or want to deal with the sportsmen who need help, are familiar with their problems and are open to accommodating and applying new solutions.
Our one-year collaboration involves the participation of three countries of the European Union, involving organizations with extensive experience in developing the target groups and using methods that have been used to address the basic problem of the project. Our basic goal is to exchange good practices that combines international experiences that will be useful for our specific target group in all EU countries and to promote individual mobility within the EU and the free movement of qualified workforce.
First Transnational Project Meeting Eger, Hungary
24-27. January 2019.
The schedule of the meeting:
Day 1: Travel
- the introduction of the partners, workshops for getting know each other
- workshops to overview and evaluate the needs assessment
- SWOT analysis of the partners
- risk analyis of the project
- workshops to learn some evaluation tools
- info section - overview of the Project Management Plan.
Day 4: Travel
Between 24. and 27. of January the kick-off meeting of our new sport project "Manage you life with succes, after your sport success" was held in Eger, Hungary. During the project implementation, we planed to implement transnational project meetings three times. The first event was hosting by the coordinating Kreateam Association. The themes of the meeting were the finalization of the implementation plan, the appropriate budget control and the preparation of the forthcoming mobility and their thematic plans. On every transnational project meeting of this cooperation there were a project staff of 8 experts from every participating organisation. During the meeting the common work of these eight person summarized the result of the previous and following period of the project. The professions of the staff of the hosting organisations was the same as the participating organiations’ staff. This ensured that every expert found the right partner in his/her work to cooperate with and to have a valuable exchange of experiences.
The project was being prepared at several levels. Already during the application or partner search, it was important to implement a project idea based on real needs analyzes that the partners are really willing to perform even prior to the project implementation. The selected partners agreed to carry out a needs analysis involving the stakeholders and partners at local level in each participating country to support the necessity of the planned development. These surveys had been completed and their results clearly demonstrate that the project outside the labour force adults was present in all partner countries, the problems to be resolved on the surface and complex adult training solutions were not yet present. It was positive that all organizations were present with the experts, trainers who participated in the development of the cooperation, together with the development of their own competencies. One of the main tasks of the kick-off meeting was to talk about the former results of the needs analysis...
Second Transnational Project Meeting Lisbon, Portugal
18-22. September 2019.
The schedule of the meeting:
Day 1: Travel
- general feature and forming the element of the common future work
- comparing the content previously created by the partners
- presenting experiences and exercises of the participating organisations
- the specificities of the target groups, their problems of their reaching at the local level
- developing common positions on the topics and methods highlight and
coordinate innovation and new methodology with existing professional materials
- links to the next and previous common work and the best practice exchange
- individual trainer competence development, learning from each other
- the structure of the next period of the project
- preparation of practical tasks and tests, preparation of tasks to be developed
during the creation process, definition of frameworks and basic directions
- usability and effectiveness issues - how can the methodology be shaped in such
a way that target groups benefit from the new knowledge as quickly as possible
Day 5: Travel
The second meeting of our project was held in Lisbon, Portugal, between 18-22. of September 2019. The core objective of the three-day workshop was that the experts, trainers who were the key actors during the collection and implementation period exchangede the experiences with each other, forming the elements of the common future work to be developed.
Before the meeting, all partner organizations were actively involved in the elaboration of pre-defined themes and challenges of the future collaboration. We were waiting for prepared materials for the three-day event from the different experts of each organisations, one of the main goals of the training was the reconciliation of different positions and the development of a common approach.
The role of the host experts was to co-ordinate the previously collected materials and to familiarize the trainers from other partner organizations with their own developed professional materials.
Experts from partner organizations, on the one hand, presented their own views during the workshops and, on the other hand, recognize the methods of the host organisation and try to import them into their own practice.
Third Transnational Project Meeting Vilnius, Lithuania
9-12. December 2019.
The schedule of the meeting:
Day 1: Travel
- methods to ensure sustainability
- extend the activities in a frame of a bigger and more effective partnership
involving further target groups and more countries.
- planning the dissemination events
- new opportunities to extend the project and its results or develop new
partnerships for future.
Day 4: Travel
The last meeting of our project was held in Vilnius, Lithunia, between 9-12. of December 2019. The main theme of this transnational project meeting was the sustainability of the project results. We planed a four days long meeting with two travel and two working days.
The significance of sustainability was important for all project partners during the implementation. The project result - are designed to greatly help sustainability and marketability of development. The result of the best practice exchange were ready so that they can be quickly and easily imported into any European sport and adult training organization and instructors can quickly learn the new ways of it. In our opinion, we will be able to greatly assist the dissemination and sustainability of the results achieved, as it will be a useful and fast-tracking method.
The experiences of the project aiming at a sustainable process, will propose best practice and future tools and methods for improvement of policies on better acquisition of competences that currently are not offered by adult education. It is going to inspire practitioners, decision makers and educators, as well as other stakeholders. Each partner organization have experts who will be able to exploit their professional experience gained during the project implementation. Dissemination events will raise the profile of the participating organizations and also the importance of working with troubled adults, as well as measuring the impact of our work. Cohort of trained partner organization staff will be able to continue to use their know-how, and transfer the gained knowledge to other professionals and potential future partner organizations on evaluation methodology in both formal and non-formal educational settings. Besides the quality of the partnership, the sustainability of the impact of the project beyond its lifetime is based on the fact that all public material will be available for a minimum of five years after the project ended at the coordinators website.
Dissemination and exploitation of results plans can help to maximize the effect of the activities being developed, so that they will impact on participants and partners for years.
The result of the project
Our basic goal was to create an intellectual output that combines international experiences that will be useful for adult training in all EU countries and to promote individual mobility within the EU and the free movement of qualified workforce.
From the point of view of results, we expect that our one years long international co-operation produces useful results that can be utilized at European level. Our important aim is to provide the theoretical and practical experiences in the new developments that were present in the professional work of our partners and the newly developed methodology and practice will be answers for the real needs of every partner country. As a major problem in all partner countries is the motivation and positioning of an unemployed “after sport career” athletes, we believe that our project results geared to new challenges and roles will find the target audience - both professionals who want to pass on new knowledge and those in need of developing competence. The concrete result expected is the creation of a helpful and responsive solution to today's problems that will help the adult education professionals and those who are “after sport career” athletes more efficiently than any other similar tool. We combine new competency development orientations (life management and financial literacy, sustainability and economics) that have only appeared separately in different training materials so far, but their alignment has so far been in low level. It is expected that more and more currently inactive adults will be able to re-enter the workforce as a result of the development and practical implementation of the developments, either in a completely different working environment, whether in a new profession or in a new country.