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TALENT report identifies standards for the recognition of talented student-athletes

KMOP – Education and Innovation Hub together with the organisations Center of Excellence of the Split-Dalmatia County (Croatia), SMOC – Sarajevo Meeting of Cultures (Bosnia and Herzegovina), CSI – Center for Social Innovation LTD (Cyprus), EAS – European Athlete Student (Malta), the University of Palermo (Italy) and the Faculty of Sport and Physical Education of the University of Nis (Serbia), developed a transnational report, outlining the efforts made by coaches and educators in the participating countries to identify and support talented student-athletes.

For this purpose, a total of 14 focus groups with 150 participants – 77 teachers/educators and 73 coaches – took place in six countries (Greece, Italy, Serbia, Croatia, Cyprus, and Bosnia and Herzegovina) engaging in discussions about the recognition and support of talented student-athletes pursuing dual careers. The focus groups provided valuable insights into the challenges and strategies for identifying and nurturing talented children in sports.

Following the focus groups, a pivotal workshop took place in Gaeta, Italy, on 3-4 October 2023 hosted by European Athlete Student (EAS). It helped set standards for recognising students’ talents and navigate dual career challenges, which were used to create the Transnational Report.

The activities took place as part of the Erasmus+ project titled “TALENT – Cloud-based education for creative sport talents”, which aims to foster equal education, prevent exclusion, support dual careers, establish new behavioural patterns for the benefit of talented young children, and prepare them for lifelong learning and professional sports from an early age.

Read more in the 1st Newsletter here.

Find the full Report here.

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