"Jeg har via Study4player fået en kontaktperson på studiet, som har hjulpet mig med at tilrettelægge en individuel studieplan. Uden den store fleksibilitet ville det ikke være muligt for mig at gennemføre uddannelsen" - Mark O. Madsen, bryder og læser HA Sport- og eventmanagement på SDU
Who is 4player?
4player is an organization started by the Danish Football Players Association, providing second career guidance and support to both current and former elite athletes and helping them in the crossing from an active sports career to a second career. Members of the Danish Football Players Association, the Danish Handball Players Association and the Danish Elite Athletes Association are entitled to help and support from 4player.
4player consists of the following three main programmes: Study4player, Job4player and Sportsalumni.dk
Combining a sports career with an education is both challenging and time-consuming - but doable! Study4player helps elite athletes in combining their sports career with an education, without it affecting and stealing focus from their sport. The key is flexibility, so that the athlete can study on his/her own terms (more or less), and Study4player cooperates with the Danish educational institutions in delivering this flexibility.
- Guidance and support
Study4player helps each individual athlete in identifying his/her educational needs and the possibilities at hand, along with applying for the education and putting the athlete in contact with the Study4player contact person at the educational institution.
- Local projects
Some educational institutions are running a local project in cooperation with Study4player, helping elite athletes in combining sports and studies by offering support and flexibility. When facing challenges and needing flexibility - e.g. an extended study plan or moving an exam due to the sport - the athlete has a central place to apply. In some cases Study4player hires a co-student (a so-called 'buddy') to share notes and keep the athlete updated.
- Study4player Online Academy
Study4player Online Academy gathers a series of flexible Danish online educations that meet the needs of an elite athlete. By studying online there are less (or none) attendance requirements, and the athlete can structure his/her own time to fit in lectures, assignments etc. when it's convenient during the day.
- FIFPro Online Academy
In cooperation with the international football players union FIFPro, University College of Northern Denmark (UCN) offers the education Sport Management in English online to football players all over Europe. As it is 100% online, lectures are recorded and put online, assignments are handed in online and exams are done online via webcam, making the education extremely flexible and accessible for elite athletes.
If you have any questions regarding Study4player contact director in 4player Rasmus Haagensen by mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (0045) 22 26 00 44
Both current and former elite athletes possess some special personal competences achieved in their sports career, but creating a new identity and the transitioning from being an elite athlete to a career in the business sector isn't an easy task. Job4player helps the athletes in preparing for a career change and finding them a suitable job - e.g. by pairing them with Job4players partners, who have an interest in the special competences the athletes possess.
- Guidance and support
Job4player helps elite athletes to identify their personal competences along with clarifying their wants and needs in a new job and how to get there. Job4player also helps shaping and optimizing their profile and CV, and guiding them through the process of job seeking and job interviews.
On the Job4player website it is possible for both former and current elite athletes to create and upload their CV in a CV-database. The database is unique as it is exclusively for elite athletes, emphasizing the special competences elite athletes have. Job4players partners can then access the database and recruit any number of candidates.
- Partner network and job bank
Job4player cooperates with a number of companies that are interested in recruiting elite athletes. The partners are presented at Job4players website and can place specific job adverts aimed at the elite athletes in a so called 'job bank'. Job4player also gathers regular job adverts from its partners and list them at the website. This way elite athletes can get a quick overview of the job adverts by the partners, who by default are interested in the special competences elite athletes have.
If you have any questions regarding Job4player contact jobadvisor in Job4player Kresten Blæsild by mail email@example.com or phone (0045) 22 32 18 55
Sportsalumni.dk is a gathering place for both former and current elite athletes to form an exclusive network for mutual career advancement. The goal is for the members to exploit the opportunities that arise from networking, using each other to 'get ahead', getting inspired and creating new opportunities in the transition from sport to business.
- Annual meetings
Every year Sportsalumni.dk hosts eight meetings - four in Copenhagen and four in Jutland - using different themes (e.g. "Personal branding" or "Approaching the job interview"), and inviting guest speakers from relevant and successful companies to have a presentation and share their expertise. These meetings are extremely useful and informative, and, just as importantly, an opportunity for the members to network.
- Alumni forum
Using the Sportsalumni.dk website, members can get an overview of all the Sportsalumni.dk members and their field of work/field of interests, using it to get in touch and networking with one another.
- Mentor/mentee arrangements
A mentor/mentee arrangement can be beneficial and a positive experience for both parties. As a mentee you can benefit from a mentors experience and guidance for advancing in your career. As a mentor you will get the opportunity to meet, support and maybe get inspired by a young and ambitious winner who wants to follow in your footsteps.
If you have any questions regarding Sportsalumni.dk contact director in 4player Rasmus Haagensen by mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (0045) 22 26 00 44