Many athletes dedicate the bulk of their time to training – sometimes at the expense of their education or employment.
So what happens when the time comes to retire from their sporting career? What comes next? All athletes at some point are faced with these questions. And this is where the IOC Athlete Career Programme (ACP) can help.
Supporting athletes, be it in the sports arena or beyond, is central to the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s objectives. This has been further emphasised in Olympic Agenda 2020, adopted last December.
The IOC ACP, delivered in collaboration with Adecco, serves specifically to support athletes while they prepare for, and go through, their career transition. From balancing dual careers to preparing for post-sport careers, the ACP provides resources and training for athletes to develop life skills and maximise their education and employment opportunities.
Throughout April and May, in the lead-up to the IOC ACP Forum in Lima, Peru (which took place on 26-28 May), and during the summer, IOC Athletes’ Commission members and globally certified trainers will be on the road to share their knowledge and experience with fellow athletes and trainers based in different countries.
A recent Outreach training session took place in Costa Rica, and was led by IOC Athletes’ Commission member and Olympian Pedro Yang.
Athlete Alexander Flores who attended the session said: “The ACP gives you a better perspective about what you really want for your future.”
Archer Gloriana Beremudez agreed and reported that the tips on how to interact with people and network effectively were particularly helpful.
This year also marks the 10th anniversary of the IOC ACP, which will be celebrated at the bi-annual IOC ACP Forum in late May. During this Forum, ACP managers from around the world come together with IOC Athletes’ Commission members, Continental Association Athletes’ Commission members and Olympians to share best practices on how to support athletes and ensure they benefit from the services provided by the IOC and Adecco.