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In the EU, the number of athletes in need of dual career support services adds up to more than 120.000 in every Olympic cycle (European Commission, 2016). Within competitive systems, European sport schools play a crucial role in the development of human talent. In fact, their quality of services provided in cooperation with policy makers and sport bodies is of vital importance for sustainable pathways of aspiring athletes, in amateur as well as in professional sports.

Despite the history of sport schools in the EU, a specific network between these schools on European level still does not exist. For this reason, the Schul- und Leistungssportzentrum Berlin (SLZB), the Berlin Senate Department for Education, Youth and Families and the Federal Ministry of the Interior aim to foster the implementation of a European Network of Sport Schools (ENOSS).

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