Dual-Career Resources

There is a wide range of support available for those athletes who are looking to advance their studies and develop their skills while they continue to train and compete.

Athlete365 Career+

Athlete365 Career+ is a programme that empowers athletes to maximise their education and employment opportunities and helps them stride confidently into a dual or post-sports career. It supports athletes at all stages of their career, helping them discover their potential and plan for their life beyond the world of competitive sport through a blend of advice, training and peer-to-peer learning. Athlete365 Career+ (formerly the Athlete Career Programme) is an IOC Athletes’ Commission initiative and is delivered with The Adecco Group.

IOC Athlete Learning Gateway (online)

BWF players have access to the IOC online athlete resources, including the Athlete Learning Gateway, which offers athletes short courses on topics such as nutrition, psychology, career transitions, etc.  These courses are available in multiple languages and can be taken at the athletes’ convenience.

YOG Education Programme

The Youth Olympic Games Athlete Education Programme aims to inspire and educate young elite athletes from 15 to 18 years old, including the next generation of Olympians. The programme is designed to enhance the protection and well-being of young athletes, both on the field of play and in their everyday lives, building around three main themes:

  1. Protect the Clean Athlete
  2. Athlete Performance
  3. Athlete Beyond Sport

Badminton World Federation in partnership with the World Academy of Sport (WAoS) has launched various scholarship programmes aimed at dual-career athletes. For those who have chosen to purse education alongside their elite sporting life, this offers them greater opportunities to learn new skills.

All the programmes are 100 per cent online, recognising that athletes require flexibility at different stages in their careers, as many have limited time available.

The scholarship application process for each programme is determined by the timeline of the intake and programmes are open to both badminton and Para badminton athletes.

a. Athlete Certificate (online)

  • This programme was developed by WAoS for aspiring young athletes from 15 to 18 years of age who want to gain a broader understanding of the tools needed to successfully manage their sporting careers.
  • The course has been designed to be athlete friendly, in consultation with a number of International Federations, including the BWF.
  • The online course can be completed within 4.5 hours.
  • All applicants will need to be in good standing with their Member Association.

Application Deadline: 30 June 2022.

For more information, contact: [email protected]

b. Bachelor of International Sport Management Degree (online)

  • This programme was launched by WAoS and Federation University (Australia).
  • The fully online programme can be completed in three years of full-time study or up to ten years of part-time study.
  • It is relevant to individuals looking to launch their careers in the sports industry and offers a bridge between the Athlete Certificate and the Post Graduate Certificate Programme previously offered by BWF and WAoS.

In order to be eligible, applicants should:

  • Have a high school diploma (or equivalent) and transcripts to be submitted with application;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in English (an IELTS score of at least 6.0 overall, with 6.0 on the written test, or other equivalent certification of proficiency); and
  • Be in good standing with their Member Association.

For more information, contact: [email protected]

c. Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in International Sports Management (online)

  • This programme was launched by WAoS and the University of London.
  • It is designed for those who want to deepen their knowledge of International Sports Management and may be especially relevant for talent already employed within the badminton family.
  • The online programme can be completed over a period of up to five years.

In order to be eligible, applicants should:

  • Have an existing undergraduate degree (e.g., bachelor’s degree) or a minimum of 5-8 years of relevant work experience and professional references;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in English (an IELTS score of at least 6.0 overall, with 6.0 on the written test, or other equivalent certification of proficiency); and
  • Be in good standing with their Member Association.

Application Deadline: 07 August 2022.

For more information, contact: [email protected]

Contact

BWF Development Team – [email protected]