GEES: Gold in Education and Elite Sport

2015 – 2016

The project “Gold in Education and Elite Sport” (GEES) is funded by the European Union’s Erasmus + Sport Program. This 2-year project brought together 40 internationally renowned dual career researchers and expert practitioners from 17 research and elite sport institutions (universities, NOCs, sport governing bodies, high performance centres) from 9 EU Member States (Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the UK).

GEES is led by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (scientific coordination) and INSEP (administrative & financial coordination).

This project:

  • provides competence profiles for athletes and dual career support providers as well as instruments and techniques to optimize dual career support services
  • provides the basis for a European framework of reference for athletes’ competences regarding this dual career pathway and competences of dual career support providers allowing for a European guide within existing or newly to be developed dual career services within the Member States.

The specific aims of the GEES project were three-fold:

  • to identify the competences elite pupil/student-athletes find important, possess and need (to develop) in order to manage their dual ‘education and elite sport’ careersuccessfully;
  • to identify the competences dual career support providers find important, possess and need (to develop) in order to optimize their dual career support provision;
  • to identify, develop and evaluate the methods and instruments that elite pupil- and student-athletes and dual career support providers (can) use to enhance their competences.

The final goals were:

  • 15-to-25-year-old athletes preparing for achieving a successful dual career ‘education and elite sport’ pathway
  • dual career support providers with a view in optimizing the quality of their support and initiating new sustainable services
  • Prof dr. Paul Wylleman
  • Dr. Koen De Brandt
  • Drs. Simon Defruyt