Optimising Youth Wellbeing, Learning, and Elite Development in Dual Career Environments (WeLive DC)

Main funder

Funder's project numberOKM/39/626/2017

Funds granted by main funder (€)

  • 380 000,00

Funding program

Project timetable

Project start date01/04/2018

Project end date31/03/2023


This project responds to European Union initiatives for safeguarding the development of young talented sportsmen and sportswomen (EU 2007, 2008, 2012), validating non-formal and informal learning (EU 2015), and is aligned with 2015 Exercise Act passed by the Finnish Government to promote a socially responsible development of high achievement sports. Despite increasing structural efforts to ensure ethical and sustainable development of sport at all levels in Europe, research literature indicates that young talented athletes often find it challenging to simultaneously engage in athletic and academic/vocational training, and many of them compromise educational accomplishments in an attempt to mobilize their elite career development. While most young athletes are immersed in dual career environments that provide them with supporting services, they often lack formal training and/or work experience which would facilitate their life design and exploration of the future in the transition to the labor market during or after their athletic careers. As societal values for elite sport are declining among Finnish youth (LIITU 2016), it seems to be particularly important to examine the effectiveness of high-performance training centers in supporting youth positive development, wellbeing and lifelong learning, as well as to develop a guiding framework for educational institutions to recognize and credit non-formal and informal learning experiences of athletes. The proposed action will result in a more holistic and dynamic understanding of how young people construct their lives in and through sport and the role of dual career environments in elite development and lifelong learning.

Principal Investigator

Other persons related to this project (JYU)

Primary responsible unit

Fields of science

Follow-up groups

Profiling areaBehaviour change, health, and well-being across the lifespan (University of Jyväskylä JYU) BC-WellMultidisciplinary research on learning and teaching (University of Jyväskylä JYU) MultiLeTeSchool of Wellbeing (University of Jyväskylä JYU) JYU.Well

Keywords (YSO)

Free keywords

dual career, informal learning, youth wellbeing, life design, dual career development environment

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