Anxious about fitting in? Afraid your language skills might let you down? Worried you may never play football for England again?
Apart from the last fear, Joe Cole’s worries, as he settles down at Lille Olimpique Sporting Club (LOSC), are very similar to those of Leonardo and Grundtvig participants as they embark on European placements.
In an interview with the Guardian (14 October 2011), the midfielder discussed his return to form at the French club, following his move from Liverpool, and described what it’s like to dive headlong into a new way of life and to learn a new language.
He has aimed high and hopes to learn French before his period on-loan from his English club expires in nine months time.
“If I’d had a crystal ball I’d have paid more attention back at school in my French lessons but it just didn’t interest me,” he explained. “Now I’m starting almost from scratch… I can order a coffee, a mineral water, and am picking up silly things. I asked the guys this morning ‘à quelle heure‘ we would be training ‘cet après-midi‘. Little things like that.”
World Skills is the largest international competition and careers event of its type, with over 200,000 people visiting World Skills London 2011. I spent two days at the conference representing the Leonardo programme as part of the European Commission’s Youth on the Move stand.
Visitors were able to watch young people from over 51 countries compete to be the best in their chosen vocation. 46 vocational skills were represented, from carpentry and landscaping to mobile robotics, stonemasonry and welding. In addition to watching the competitions, the event doubled as a large careers fair with delegates able to try their hand at different skills, including floristry, bricklaying and carpentry. Watch this video snippet from our stand:
Many of the projects funded by llpUKecorys apply for further funding to continue building and developing on existing relationships and knowledge. One project like this is run by the Scottish FA. They have received Leonardo Mobility funding for IVT and VETPRO projects since 2003.
Their project ‘Improvements in Football Coaching via EU Co-operation’ has received Leonardo Mobility funding, with previous IVT and VETPRO projects being funded since 2003. Each year has led to greater collaboration between all the partners and benefitting professional players and coaches for the last eight years. Read the rest of this entry »
It was nice to hear about Nigel’s experience of managing Leonardo Mobility projects in the previous post. Talking to experienced promoters (the people who manage the project) is one of the best ways to understand what’s involved in running a project and to get inspiration for your own projects. Starting a new project can be daunting. How do you find partners? What’s the best way to manage transnational meetings? How do you deal with language issues…? Speaking to someone who has been through it all before can really help to put your mind at ease.
We were lucky to have Chrissy Moog from Higher Rhythm at our recent Partnerships start up seminar. She has just finished a very successful Grundtvig Partnership and was sharing some useful bits of advice with around 100 of this year’s new Partnership promoters… Read the rest of this entry »