The 8th IOC Athletes’ Career Programme (ACP) Forum was organised from 15 to 17 June in cooperation with the Adecco Group. The meeting deliberated on exchanging personal experiences, challenges and best ways to support athletes combining two careers or undergoing career transitions. Together, participants adopted an updated ACP strategy and goals for 2020. In keeping with Olympic Agenda 2020 and the ACP strategy, they pledged, for the next three years, to:
Hosted by the Chinese Olympic Committee (COC) and the Beijing Olympic City Development Association, the event was attended by 87 participants from over 30 nations, representing all five continents. It brought together athletes, Olympians and members of the IOC’s Athletes’ Commission, career guidance counsellors from Adecco Group as well as representatives from NOCs and their Athletes’ Commissions, the Association of World Olympians, Visa China, Toyota and the Deputy Mayor of Beijing.
For Kirsty Coventry, seven-time Olympic medallist and member of the IOC Athletes’ Commission the “…objective is to maximise the global reach and peer-to-peer engagement for the delivery of the ACP, for instance by ensuring that National Olympic Committees (NOCs), International Federations (IFs) and their respective Athletes’ Commissions as well as other stakeholders are equipped with the necessary resources and training opportunities.”
As for Patrick Glennon, the Adecco Vice President for the ACP programme, he said that the “… 8th ACP Forum brought together members of the Olympic family and Adecco experts from all continents to share best practices and further define strategic Programme milestones, which ensure its relevance for athletes and help them achieve success for life .”
The ACP programme was initiated in 2005 by the IOC and the Adecco Group in collaboration with the IOC Athletes’ commission. It started with just over 1,000 athletes from a handful of countries participating in the programme. Today, it involves over 35,000 athletes from 185 across the world. The ACP programme, which falls in line with IOC Agenda 2020, has intensified relations with NOCs and, in 2016, it extended to International and National Federations thus extending its reach, encouraging the creation of local customised programmes and contributing on the whole to athletes’ career development. 4,916 athletes from 25 African NOCs have to date benefited from the programme.