The AFTERMATCH project is a collaborative partnership initiative, fundend by Erasums+ Sport programme, for the promotion of “dual careers” of athletes.

The AFTERMATCH Model, jointly created by a partnership composed by educational/vocational training centers & sport federations/associations located in 5 different EU countries, elaborates and tests a modular & customized approach aiming at increasing the competences of athletes and ex-athletes to recognize and to exploit the value of sport-related skills acquired during the sport career, especially transversal skills, for a more successful professional life.



What is the opportunity?

Erasmus+ provides the opportunity for organisations to develop, transfer and implement innovative practices in the field of sport between organisations, authorities and others.

Collaborative Partnerships are designed to promote the creation and development of European networks in the field of sport, and can include a variety of activities, such as:

  • networking among key stakeholders;
  • development, identification, promotion and exchange of best practices;
  • preparation, development, and implementation of education and training modules and tools;
  • increasing the skills of multipliers in the field of sport;
  • developing monitoring and benchmarking of indicators in the field of sport;
  • raising awareness of the added value of sport and physical activity;
  • promoting synergies between sport, health, education, training, and youth;
  • improving the evidence-base for sport;
  • organising conferences, seminars, events and meetings.

How does it work?

Organisations intending to apply must do so as part of a consortium, led by an eligible organisation from aProgramme Country. Organisations eligible to take part include non-profit organisations and public bodies active in the field of sport.

There are two rounds of selection for Collaborative Partnerships per year:

  1. activities or initiatives that take place during the European Week of Sport or have a thematic link to it
  2. activities that do not have a link to the European Week of Sport

A Collaborative Partnership should include at least five different organisations from five different Programme Countries, although organisations from Partner Countries can also participate as partners.

Activities must take place in the Programme Countries of the organisations involved.

What else should you know?

Collaborative Partnerships for the first selection round can last 18 months at most, whereas applications for the second round can last from 12 to 36 months.

Projects must be 12, 18, 24, 30 or 36 months in length; the duration must be specified at application stage based on the objective of the project and the type of activities foreseen.

How do you apply?

Organisations interested in applying should do so through the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency.

Set to last until 2020, Erasmus+ doesn’t just have opportunities for students. Merging seven prior programmes, it has opportunities for a wide variety of individuals and organisations.

Detailed information on these opportunities, inluding eligiblity criteria, is available in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide. An indicative funding guide for some centralised opportunities is also available.

Focus Areas

Aftermatch is supported by Erasmus+ and the European Union and aimed at all people who want to gain experience of work or study within the European nations.


Sport actions

Actions in the field of sport are designed to promote participation in sport, physical activity, and voluntary activities. They are also designed to tackle threats to the integrity of sport, promote dual careers for athletes, improve good governance, and foster tolerance and social inclusion, as well as contribute to the implementation of theEuropean Week of Sport.

Collaborative partnership

Designed to develop and implement joint activities to promote sport and physical activity, as well as deal with threats to the integrity of sport (such as doping or match-fixing), promote dual careers for athletes, improve good governance, and foster tolerance and social inclusion.

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European Week of Sport

The European Week of Sport aims to promote sport and physical activity across Europe. The Week is for everyone, regardless of age, background or fitness level. With a focus on grassroots initiatives, it will inspire Europeans to #BeActive on a regular basis and create opportunities in peoples’ everyday lives to exercise more.

#BeActive is a call to action to get Europeans moving!