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Title: Athlete development, athlete rights and athlete welfare: a European Union perspective
Authors: Henry, Ian P.D.
Keywords: Athlete dual careers
European Union
Sport competence
Treaty of Lisbon
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Routledge (© Taylor & Francis)
Citation: HENRY, I., 2013. Athlete development, athlete rights and athlete welfare: a European Union perspective. International Journal of the History of Sport, 30(4), pp. 356-373.
Abstract: The issue of athlete ‘dual careers’ in elite sport and education or work has received increasing attention over recent years from a whole range of stakeholders. In particular the European Commission has engaged in research and dialogue with a range of stakeholders over the past decade, fuelled in part by the development of a ‘soft’ competence in sport in Article 165 of the Treaty of Lisbon which came into effect in December 2009. This paper traces the nature of the European Union’s interest in this policy issue and in particular the rationale for, and the manner of, EU involvement. Two principal rationales exist for the protection of athletes’ access to education and vocational training, namely (a) a rights-based discourse in which athletes are seen to be denied access to education and vocational training which are protected for other workers or citizens; and (b) a performance-based discourse in which the athlete’s ability to perform in athletic terms is enhanced by virtue of their access to educational opportunities. The paper reviews the relevance of these two rationales, and argues that although the EU engagement with dual careers might rest not on a sports competence but on prior competences relating to workers’ rights and the protection of minors, the identifying of a performance rationale for supporting dual careers may be important in terms of engaging coaches and administrators.
Description: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of the History of Sport on 1st March 2013, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09523367.2013.765721
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/09523367.2013.765721
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/19325
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09523367.2013.765721
ISSN: 0952-3367
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