IOC Athlete Career Programme hits the road with outreach
representing the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s
Athlete Career Programme (ACP) is set to embark on a seven-day
visit to six National Olympic Committees in southern Africa to hold
workshops with local athletes and provide them with a range of job
skills that can be applied during and after their sport
sessions will take place from 2 to 9
November in countries that currently do not have
an ACP in place. They will be led by members of the IOC
Athletes’ Commission, members of the Association of National
Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) Athletes’ Commission,
and country mangers from the Adecco Group, one of the world’s
leading providers of human resources solutions and co-partner of
delegation will travel to seven cities in six countries: Mazenod,
Lesotho; Windhoek, Namibia; Cape Town and Johannesburg, South
Africa; Manzini, Swaziland; Gabarone, Botswana; and Lusaka, Zambia.
The workshop in Lusaka will take place at the Olympic Youth
Development Centre, which opened in 2010.
Athletes’ Commission Chair Claudia Bokel, former Commission
Chairman Frank Fredericks and management staff from Adecco will
lead the sessions, with fellow Athletes’ Commission members
Kirsty Coventry and Amadou Dia Ba and former Olympians Sandrine
Thiebauld and Kadidiatou Kanouté participating in their
capacity as trainees, with the aim of learning how to conduct their
own workshops in the future. This new ‘train the
trainers’ method will allow the IOC ACP Outreach Programme to
expand in frequency and geographic coverage.
have an excellent team in charge of the ACP, and their work helping
athletes worldwide prepare for and move into their post-competition
careers has been impressive so far,” said Bokel, a silver
medallist in fencing at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. “But
there are still countries without ACP programmes, and as Chair of
the IOC Athletes’ Commission, I feel we need to do more to
reach as many athletes as possible. The upcoming outreach sessions
in Africa are meant to address this issue and are the first step
toward athletes in these countries receiving first-rate assistance
as they look ahead to life after competition.”
Programme will consist of one-day workshops in each city with a
focus on providing athletes with:
• help identifying their passions
• tips on how to pursue them after their sports
• assistance recognising the many transferrable skills
they gain during their sports careers
• advice on how to build support networks
• instruction on a range of skills, including CV
creation and job-interview techniques.
worked with the IOC to establish the ACP in 2005 and since then the
programme has provided career development and job placement
services to more than 10,000 Olympic athletes from over 100
countries. The programme is based on providing athletes with three
key tools: education, life skills and employment.
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