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IOC Athlete Career Programme

IOC Athlete Career Programme (ACP), delivered in cooperation with Adecco, supports you, the athlete, while you prepare for and go through your career transition. It provides resources and training to enable you to develop your life skills and maximise your education and employment opportunities. It focuses on three fields:

  • Education
  • Life Skills
  • Employment

It has been designed with you in mind, based on advice from elite athletes, coaches, National Olympic Committees and experts from around the world. The programme is developed and delivered by the Olympic Movement, including National Olympic Committees, International Federations and National Federations. Specifically, we deliver this programme through 3 specific methods:

  1. NOC-Adecco partnerships in over 30 countries
  2. Outreach programmes are delivered in countries without an Adecco partnership and at Olympic & Youth Olympic Games
  3. Online resources like the athlete’s kit and the IOC Athlete MOOC

The programme is designed to assist you to:

Prepare – Understand and commit to the career development process
Discover – Investigate your strengthens and passion
Research – Find out more information
Plan – Devise a plan for success
Implement – develop skills to fit with your plan and begin to ‘live’ your plan

The Programme provides a series of workshops designed for elite athletes & Olympians to plan their transition to a successful life after sport through interactive presentations and small group exercises. Topics discussed range from career transition, to financial planning, to psychology of transition and other important topics that can assist athletes. If you are interested in bringing an Outreach Programme to your country, contact your National Olympic Committee, or email us through ioc.acp@olympic.org for more information.

The programme will continue to be enhanced over time and we look forward to your contribution to assisting elite athletes.

 Facts & Figures

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Launched in 2005, the IOC Athlete Career Programme helps elite and Olympic athletes successfully manage the difficult transition from sport to a new career through professional development and job placement.


In 2012, the IOC renewed its commitment with Adecco through 2020, and expanded the programme to three pillars of education, life skills and employment in order to better meet the needs of elite and Olympic athletes. By the end of 2013, the programme had already supported more than 15,000 athletes in over 100 countries and five continents with training opportunities and job placements. 

Check out more Athlete Career Programme information on the Athletes' Kit.


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