BLA – Be Like an Athlete

Framework

This is an Erasmus+ European project: Portugal, Spain, Ireland, Italy and Sweden.

It involves a transnational and transdisciplinary team, which includes members that share expertise in several areas, such as, applied sport psychology, sociology and pedagogy, computer sciences, physical education and research methods.

What is BLA?

BLA project combines the objectives of drawing a social-psychological profile of student athletes involved in dual careers programmes and contributing to the positive development of youth. The aim is to improve sport and school results of those involved in dual careers programmes, while enhancing the balance of these two contexts. Simultaneously, through a better understanding of their social-psychological profile, BLA also aims to reduce youth withdraw from sport participation

Additionally, this will help them to better acknowledge and develop their key personal, social, educational and emotional competencies. Furthermore, the dissemination and scalability of this profile, will also have impact on those that are not involved in dual careers, improving, for example, their academic results and social competencies/skills.

Objectives:

  • To improve and balance sport and school results of youth involved in dual career programmes;
  • To reduce the number of youths withdrawing from sport participation (dropout);
  • To improve youth socio-psychological competencies;
  • To establish, in each partner country, a socio-psychological profile of student-athletes involved in dual careers programmes;
  • To establish a common socio-psychological profile of student-athletes involved in dual careers programmes from all partner countries;
  • To communicate the established socio-psychological profile through an interactive tool (Mobile Application) and pedagogical materials (guidelines, workshops, social networks and a website) in the sport and school contexts;
  • To develop sustainable and scalable evaluation mechanisms within sport and school communities concerning socio-psychological competencies.

Kick-Off Meeting in Porto: 6-7 February 2020

The project’s opening meeting took place between the 6th and 7th of February at the University Institute of Maia, with the presence of all partners.

Know more about this activity in BLA Kick Off Meeting.

Be Like an Athlete Logo contest

The contest for the Logo of the project ended on the 20th of May having been submitted 39 proposals.

On June 17, the jury of the contest met and decided to unanimously attribute the victory to Nico Castells’ proposal.

Know more about this contest in BLA Project LOGO Contest .

Socio-Psychological Profile Questionnaire (SPPQ)

After several meetings between the academic partners of the BLA – Be Like an Athlete project. in June, the first version of the Socio-Psychological Profile Questionnaire (SPPQ) – Output 1 was completed.

Know more about this wuestionnaire in BLA Socio-Psychological Profile Questionnaire.

BLA – Newsletter – October 2020

This is the first edition of the Erasmus + BLA – Be Like an Athlete project newsletter. This project combines the objectives of drawing a socialpsychological profile of student-athletes involved in dual careers programmes and contributing to the positive development of youth. The project will outline a transnational socio-psychological profile of student-athletes involved in dual career programs. The aim is to improve sport and school results of those involved in dual careers programmes, while enhancing the balance of these two contexts. Simultaneously, through a better understanding of their social-psychological profile, BLA also aims to reduce youth withdraw from sport participation. this will help them to better acknowledge and develop their key personal, social, educational and emotional competencies.

Furthermore, this profile will also have impact on those that are not involved in dual careers, improving, for example, their academic results and social competencies/skills. Direct participants are student-athletes from 12 to 18 years of age involved in dual career programmes, as well as non-athlete students.

Completed Validation of the Socio-Psychological Profile Questionnaire

The BLA team has completed the validation of the Socio-Psychological Profile Questionnaire (SPPQ) in five languages: Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Swedish and English. This means that the Intellectual Output 1 is completed. The team is now ready to apply the SPPQ to the student-athletes involved in dual career programmes in each partner country to gather the data that will allow the definition of a common socio-psychological profile.

BLA team held a Zoom Meeting

The BLA team held a Zoom meeting on 7 May to close Output 1 and define the strategy for distributing the SPPQ to the largest possible number of participants in each country.

The COVID 19 pandemic has changed everyone’s life, including student-athletes’. All research projects in which these students participate are behind schedule because schools and sport facilities were closed for a long time. Now that we are starting a new phase, let’s hope that all student-athletes achieve their goals and can also contribute for the accomplishment of the BLA project. As we are looking for the socio-psychological competences in student-athletes, the success of the BLA project will also be the success of the student-athletes. So, let’s work together!

The BLA team will request an extension of the project deadline due to the pandemic situation.

BLA – Newsletter – july 2021

This is the second edition of the Erasmus + BLA – Be Like an Athlete project newsletter

Zoom Meeting – 11th of february

The BLA team held a Zoom meeting on the 11th of february to discuss the development of the mobile application. During the meeting it was also proposed the creation of 2 working groups: one more focused on the development of the mobile app (O3) and another one concentrated on the development of the BLA e-book guidelines (O4). The team decided, as well, on the dates for the next presencial meeting and for the national seminars (multiplier events).

The team is highly motivated and committed to the development of the mobile app, although being one of the major challenges of this project.

Newsletter #3 do Projeto BLA

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CNAPEF contribui para nova app do BLA

Terminaram hoje, na Universidade de Limerick, na Irlanda, os 2 dias de reuniões do Projeto ERASMUS+ “BLA – Be Like an Athlete”, onde a nova para app para os estudantes-atletas nas carreira duais foi o tema em destaque O desenvolvimento e aplicação de uma app multilinguística para controle individual de cada estudante-atleta, no sentido de…

CNAPEF, IPDJ e Universidade da Maia promovem seminários de sucesso do BLA

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