The participant Klavs Krastins from Latvia successfully completed the DECA Project till the end of 2018. In this case, the personal talents and framework conditions required to successfully complete the dual career project could be shown in an exemplary manner.

Local DECA manager, mentor and the boss of Klavs Krastins were very satisfied with the Vocational Training process. Klavs will finish successful the Vocational Training. Equally satisfied are the Eisbären Bremerhaven Sport Team with the sport athletic perspective of Klavs. He is one of the most important players in the Junior Eisbären Team Bremerhaven. He is very dedicated and motivated. It was elaborated on the conditions and prerequisites that are the basis for the positive development of Klavs in the DECA project.

The reasons for the successful passing of Klavs Krastins, who faced the same challenges as the other participants, were the following:

Vocational training must meet the wishes and needs of the young athlete and be centrally located close to the company and sports club. After initial scepticism and an internship phase, the training as a hotel and restaurant specialist corresponded to the personal wishes of the DECA participant.

The flat, the vocational training and the sports training as basketball player were in close proximity in Bremerhaven. With the help of the mentor in the DECA project, the mobile challenges after the loss of the project car were solved with a bicycle. Due to the short distances and the mobile support Klavs Krastins had enough opportunities to pursue the two components of a dual career.

The employer's positive attitude towards a sporting career and performance basketball and the need for appropriate training and competition times led to flexible training and time planning. This was constantly adapted to the new conditions.

A time limit was found for occupational and sporting stress. Through this balance, health problems ("burn out") could be avoided for the young participant.

Due to his stable personality, the participant showed a high degree of stamina, discipline and motivation in order to fulfil the sporting and professional expectations.

Klavs Krastins came from Latvia, which like Bremerhaven belongs to the same northern European cultural area. From the project's point of view, he thus succeeded in adapting the language, culture and working conditions of the local conditions in Bremerhaven more easily.

Optimized project structures in the second phase of the project facilitated the support of the participant. There was a close coordination between all actors, sports coach, employer, project management, mentor, etc. . . .

Further information: Klavs was the only participant in the DECA project without a player agent. His parents supported her son's career decisions. Klavs became more self-confident and independent in the course of the project and due to the changes made.

The sports and vocational situation of Arnau Triginer was similar to that of Klavs in the first two years of 2016/2017.

Arnau Triginer had a high level of stamina, discipline and motivation to meet athletic and vocational training expectations. He was one of the most important players of the team Red White Cuxhaven who reached the championship and promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga.

The flexible working conditions of his employer brought sport and training into a good balance.

Only two serious sports injuries in winter of 2017 and spring of 2018 forced him to abandon the project.

The difference that players in a three-year professional training and other players are not in a vocational training and concentrate with all energy on the sport led to considerable tensions with the project participants.

This situation led to a reorientation in the DECA project. Dual careers can only succeed if there is a coordinated realistic sporting concept during the time when the dual career takes place, so that all participants get involved. This was the case with project participant Klavs Krastins from Latvia and with the participant Arnau Triginer in the years 2016/2017.

Companies, athletes and sports clubs had entered into an agreement that was beneficial to all participants. The participants played for time in a team from a lower division.

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Sport Programme of the European Union.

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