B-WISER: Be a Winner In Sport and Employment before and after athletic Retirement

‘Be a Winner In elite Sport and Employment before and after athletic Retirement’ (short: B-WISER) is a 2-year project that runs from 1 January 2017 until December 2018. The grant of €0.4M will allow 13 partner organisations from six EU Member States (i.e., Belgium, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden) and 8 expert organisations (The Adecco Group, IOC, IPC, EOC, UEAPME, Schuman associates, Kapito HR, Unizo) to optimize the employability and employment of active and former elite athletes in three specific career stages. More specifically, B-WISER will provide the EU Member States with empirical data, conceptualisations, tools and evidence-based practices relevant to, and enabling them to create the optimal environment to enhance active and former elite athletes’ employability and employment.

In the opening phase (WP1), the B-WISER project will identify existing structures and measures on the support of ‘elite sport and employment’. Subsequently, in the second phase (WP2) the project will identify the competences that athletes require to combine ‘elite sport and employment ‘, and also the competences they require to successfully make the transition from elite sport to the labour market at the end of their elite sports career. In the next phase, the B-WISER project will research the added value of employing (former) athletes for employers (WP3). Finally, based on the results of the previous phases, the project will identify, develop, implement (WP4) and evaluate (WP5) best practices in the participating countries to optimize the matching process between (former) athletes and (future) employers. This will allow educational institutions, sport governing bodies, employers and career counsellors in the participating countries to optimize their support and guidance in ‘elite sport and employment’ trajectories.

The aim of B-WISER is to optimize the employability and employment of active and former elite athletes in three specific career stages (i.e., Dual career ‘elite sport-employment’, Athletic retirement, Post-athletic career employment)

  • Prof dr. Paul Wylleman
  • Drs. Koen De Brandt
  • Drs. Simon Defruyt
  • Arthur Skenazi