GOAL Project

Coordinator

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH)

https://www.auth.gr/

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) is the largest university in Greece, with 11 Faculties organized into 41 Schools. Almost 73,000 under- and postgraduate students study at the Aristotle University, the Teaching and Research Staff numbers  2,500 people.

AUTH holds 146 International Scientific Agreements with Universities in Russia, U.S.A., Canada, Australia, the Near, Middle and Far East. Also, it has currently approximately 538 bilateral agreements with European Universities and it has suported the implementation of TEMPUS, JEAN MONNET projects, etc. It also participates actively in several ERASMUS MUNDUS Action 1 & 2  consortia. AUTh ranks first among Greek higher education institutions in terms of mobility. In addition, since 2015, Aristotle University runs an Erasmus+ ICM programme in the framework of which 60 agreements have been signed with universities in 29 countries all over the world. AUTH participates in 25 HORIZON 2020 projects in diverse research areas.

Ever mindful of rapid change and progress, AUTh constantly update its strategy, policies and everyday practices, in order to meet contemporary local and global demands. The University has been able to determine its strengths and weaknesses and to adopt a holistic internationalisation strategy.

Partners

Coventry University (COVUNI)

http://www.coventry.ac.uk/

Coventry University (COVUNI) Coventry University is well known for being ambitious and innovative, making a significant contribution to important global and societal challenges. Coventry’s new £100M research strategy, ‘Excellence with Impact’, builds on this trend and will transform the way we research by applying fresh and original approaches.

Named the UK’s Modern University of the Year by Times and Sunday Times (2014, 2015 and 2016), Coventry University has a reputation for excellent teaching and research, business engagement, innovation and entrepreneurship. It is ranked the No.1 UK University in 2016 for student satisfaction (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016).

With a proud tradition as a provider of high quality education and a focus on multidisciplinary research, the University has established a robust academic presence regionally, nationally and across the world. 92% of Coventry University’s research was rated as world-leading, internationally excellent or recognized internationally in REF2014. These results clearly recognise the quality and impact of research within the University.

Coventry University has an extensive track record in engagement with Europe and European research and development. It has widely recognised experience in the delivery of Framework Programme activity (FP6, FP7, Horizon 2020) with European collaborative management experience from lead and partner roles on Leonardo, Erasmus, INTAS, DAPHNE, Socrates, INFO 2000, MLIS, Promise, Erasmus+ and EuropeAid projects.

University of Nicosia Research Foundation (UNRF)

https://www.unic.ac.cy/

University of Nicosia Research Foundation (UNRF) manages research activities and is closely linked to the University of Nicosia. Research at UNRF focuses on global and local issues including health, complex networks, social sciences, education, ICT, engineering, and environmental sustainability. Researchers at UNRF are interested in examining challenges to modern life from a wide range of perspectives, including technological and scientific advances, modern culture and thought, and apply their expertise derived from addressing local, regional and national issues to global challenges and develop teams to bring disciplinary strengths together to approach key issues with global impact.

UNRF’s researchers have substantial experience in the management and implementation of research projects, funded by the European Union and the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation and are currently involved in projects with a total budget of 1.3 million euro.

V4Sport

http://www.v4sport.eu/

V4Sport has a mission to increase the number of people physically active in Poland.

As our organisation was initially created around the idea of sports volunteering, we believe that volunteers in Poland can play a very important role in helping us to accomplish our mission.

Our foundation accomplishes its statutory objectives via:

  • organizing and coordinating national and international initiatives that promote physical activity, very often in a innovative way
  • working with Partners from different backgrounds – public, private and non-governmental institutions
  • delivering training courses in the field of sports
  • support (trainings) for sports volunteers and promotion of creation and development of facilities and organizations engaged in non-commercial sport;
  • efforts to increase involvement in sport and physical culture, of both individuals and social groups;
  • provisions and development of tools which sports organizations can use to seek volunteers and people interested in sport.

European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs (YES)

http://www.yesforeurope.eu/

European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs (YES) is the main association of young entrepreneurs in Europe, representing around 40.000 young entrepreneurs under 40 years old. YES was launched in 1988 by seven national groups of young entrepreneurs in order to face the challenges resulting from the ratification of the Single European Act in July 1987. Young entrepreneurs from Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan and Portugal met in Capri (I) during the National Convention of Confindustria Giovani Imprenditori to sign the “International Young Entrepreneurs Charter”, the so-called “Capri Charter” which established the fundamental principles for the future cooperation.

YES mission is to connect young entrepreneurs in Europe, supporting them for better and easier access to capital and to markets. Moreover, YES is working for boosting entrepreneurial culture in Europe, improving entrepreneurial education and modernizing the legal framework for entrepreneurship.

Portuguese Football Players’ Union (Sindicato dos Jogadores Profissionais de Futebol, SJPF)

http://sjpf.pt/

Portuguese Football Players’ Union (Sindicato dos Jogadores Profissionais de Futebol, SJPF) was formed in 1973 and is the Players` Union in Portugal. SJPF defends without distinction of status the rights and interests of the professional football players and currently has over 5000 members. The multiplicity of activities undertaken by the SJPF aim to achieve the protection and promotion of the collective interest of members, such as the contractual rights and guarantees, conditions of work, and the preservation of the dignity of all players in compliance with the fundamental Olympic principles, in particular no discrimination of any basis.

The organisation has gained institutional weight, assuming in and interface with the sport organisation on national levels the state and other actors of Portuguese football and international, European Union, FIFA, UEFA, European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL). The SJPFs part of the social dialogue in professional football was promoted by UEFA.

The SJPF has developed several actions on social responsibility with the active participation of football players and the mass media included in European Sport Inclusion Network (ESPIN), a promoting equal opportunities of migrants and minorities through volunteering in sport project.

Recently, SJPF has created an Education and Training Department, which has the responsibility of developing dual careers with football players and to facilitate professional integration in other work areas, beside sport, with retired footballers.

Asociacion De Jugadores De Futbol Sala (AJFS)

http://www.ajfs.es/

Asociacion De Jugadores De Futbol Sala (AJFS) is a a national Spanish organization representing futsal players. AJFS defends player´s rights and it provides to them legal advisement. AJFS also offers an academic training program preparing athletes future.  As well we have Job research helping them after their sport career. We are almost 400 members, formed by retired players and professional player.

It has direct contact with Spanish futsal players, knows their needs and helps in the dissemination of supportive (like dual careers) programs.

Asociación de Baloncestistas Profesionales (ABP)

http://www.abp.es/

Asociación de Baloncestistas Profesionales (ABP) was created 22 years ago, represents the basketball players in Spain, and it has experience with basketball players and retired players of first division (ACB) and Second Division (LEB). Training campaigns, providing study grants and legal advicement. ABP has extensive experience and knowledge of basketball issues and sports in general. It has direct contact with Spanish basketball players, knows their needs and helps in the dissemination of supportive (like dual careers) programs. One of the main aims of the Association is to guide, advise and defend its 210 members (professional basketball players) on matters relating to their sport and their professional future.