Dual Careers Program
“The obvious solution is a dual career with the player pursuing educational or vocational training alongside their sporting career. There is a strong argument to suggest that such an approach may not just help athletes to prepare for post-retirement, voluntary or otherwise, but it may also facilitate success within the athletic career as well.”
Dual Careers Program Objective: To provide a pathway which will educate, accredit, and employ the player in an innovative global best practice health and wellbeing program.
Current literature highlights the importance for elite and professional athletes to make serious plans in relation to a realistic post-athletic career opportunity while they are still active in sports in order to make a smooth transition into the labour market.
Everyone, elite athlete or otherwise, will embody a sense of self, a self-identity which is how they view themselves in relation to the world they live in. Identity is heavily influenced by the socio-cultural events in your life as well as the environment in which you live (Carless & Douglas 2004). Identity foreclosure is when an individual identifies themselves with one role, or one aspect of who they are, at the expense and ignorance of any other roles they may play and a true representation of who they are (Murphy, Petitpas & Brewer 1996). Such a view of the self, may cause the person to lose perspective, and form a very narrow world view which revolves exclusively around this role and view of themselves. Research has suggested this can lead to delayed career development and impaired acquisition of career decision making skills (Murphy, Petitpas & Brewer 1996).
When a dual career system is not available, 1/3 of athletes drop out.
In a survey conducted for FIFPro, the world professional footballers’ union, in 2016 revealed the biggest problems revolved around poor educational achievement and lack of post-sport career planning. The survey found that players’ unions estimated that it was usual for at least 20 – 40% of players to have not secured a second career of their choice within twelve months of finishing playing.
Research conducted by Gouttebarge shows that rugby players, are “two times more likely to report distress when involuntarily retired from professional Rugby Union.” The survey also shows that players have difficulties coping with not being an athlete any more, more specifically, 41% of players said it took more than six months to adjust while 19% said it took more than two years to come to terms with it.
The positive mental effect on employment is well researched, “There are many benefits of work. Most people gain health benefits associated with employment, both physical and mental. Work can be a vital part of recovery for people with mental health conditions. Intergenerational benefits of work accrue as children who grow up in employed households have better social, emotional, physical development and learning outcomes. The community also benefits. Increased employment supports economic growth, minimises the cost of income support payments and increases the amount of tax paid.” (2015 Australian Federal Government report, A New System for Better Employment & Social Outcomes).
The health and fitness industry is an attractive non-traditional sector for athletes to be employed in and is growing at 4.3% worth over $3 billion dollars and supports 16,000 jobs in Australia. - Source www.ibisworld.com.au
The DCP is as simple as it is effective and is built on three proven and equally powerful parts- Education Providers, the Club, and Private Enterprise.
Education Providers; assessment, training, and certification
The Club provides the facilities.
Private Enterprise the business model to faciliate employment.
The meteoric rise and subsequent co-existence of programs like F45, Cross Fit, Bootcamps and Pilates are testament to the elasticity of the industry’s ability to support many, often competing solutions at once.
Core Strength is the foundation of all athletic movement and is hugely underrepresented in this booming sector.
Our industry accredited course Pelleres Base Training is ranked in the top 3 core strength programs currently available to athletes, ranked #1 by over 93% participants who have completed the program – source GFT 2019.
The College of Health & Fitness
Fitness Australia Association
Physical Activities Australia
Registered Exercise Practitioners of New Zealand
Queensland Junior Samoan Rugby Union
Iconz Training Centre