New learning and earning opportunities for Olympians

5 | 10 | 2022

A newly launched programme will give Olympians the opportunity to be trained as paid motivational speakers and to benefit from the World Academy of Sport’s Global Sports Industry Educational Pathway which provides internationally-recognised educational and experiential opportunities for career transition and to help you turn your passion for sport into a profession in sport business, management, training or education.

WOA and WAoS have worked together on an international level for many years. We are now adding regional collaboration to benefit Olympians and those young athletes who aspire to be Olympians.

The programme will be kicked-off in Greece where working with the Greek NOA we will identify and train Olympians to speak about the WAoS Athlete Certificate to student audiences. The Certificate is a standardised and globally-recognised certified course which provides a detailed understanding of what it takes to be an athlete and will provide the tools necessary to be able to be competitive at all levels of sport.

Olympians will also be trained as motivational speakers for businesses, helping those businesses to understand and benefit from the successful practices of sport such as talent identification and recruitment, high performance team development and team leadership.

The plan is to expand the programme to South-East Europe and then around the world once we have taken the learnings from the Greek pilot onboard.

World Olympians Association President, Joël Bouzou OLY, said: “WOA looks to work with organisations around the world who can help us provide opportunities for Olympians to improve their lives, earn money and benefit the communities around them. The expansion of our collaboration with WAoS will enable Olympians to more readily transfer their high-level of existing skills to the next generation of elite athletes and business leaders alike, to learn new skills and to have new earning opportunities while promoting and participating in WAoS’ leading education programmes to the benefit of all.”

Photo by Austin Distel