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EMPATIA - Education Model for Parents of AThletes In Academics

  • EMPATIA - Education Model for Parents of AThletes In Academics

  • Code 590437-EPP-1-2017-1-SI-SPO-SCP
  • Date 01.01.2018 - 31.12.2020
  • Funds provider European Commission Erasmus+ Programme: Sport
  • Organisation University of Ljubljana Faculty of Sport
  • Holder Prof. Ph.D. Mojca Doupona

Title  of Project

EMPATIA - Education Model for Parents of AThletes In Academics


The project EMPATIA intends to promote dual careers of athletes by empowering their parents. Despite parents play a crucial role in ensuring the long-term development of athletes, they are often unprepared to help their sons and daughters preventing, coping, and resolving challenges at sport and academic levels. Thus, the primary aim of the EMPATIA project is to structure an evidence-based e-learning multi-lingual educational programme specifically tailored for dual career parenting needs. Moving from an analysis of the state-of-the-art and the parents’ opinions of their needs and experiences, a conceptual framework of dual career parenting will be developed to provide a sound theoretical basis for a knowledge-base dual career parenting education programme. The developed online multilingual dual career parenting education programme will be tested at the level of the participating countries before making it available in and beyond Europe. In attending this dual career parenting education programme parents will increase the awareness of their role, will improve their knowledge of dual career issues, and will enhance their capability to establish a more effective dialogue with their athletic progeny, as well as with academic and sport staff.The project EMPATIA will profit from the combined experience of academic and sport experts from 6 Member States (France, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Slovenia) representing diverse European geographic areas and the highest range of dual career policies in place. Partners of the projects are 4 universities (Limerick, Rome Foro Italico, Coimbra, Ljubljana), 2 dual career service providers (INSEP, Sport Ireland Institute), 1 National Olympic Committee (CONI), 1 European University Sport organization (EUSA Institute), 1 Sport Club (Ginasio Clube Figueirense) and the European dual career network (EAS), which intends to maintain this valuable educational resource to develop, beyond the project lifetime.


Erasmus+: Sport Collaborative Partnership


Univeristy of Ljubljana  [Faculty of sport] (SLO)


University of Rome, Foro Italico (ITA)

University of Limerick (IRL)

University of Coimbra (PRT)




EUSA Instititut (CHE)

Sport Ireland institute (IRL)

Ginasio Club Figueirense (PRT)

Reserchers in UL Faculty of sport

prof. dr. Mojca Doupona Topič

Duration of project

1.1. 2018 - 31. 12. 2020

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