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Athletes Going Beyond the Sportsground: The Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China partners with Adecco Hong Kong for continued athlete career development

06.09.2016

The “Adecco Support Services Participation Agreement Signing Ceremony” officiated by Mr. Timothy FOK, GBS, JP, President of Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (SF&OC) and Mr. Patrick GLENNON, Adecco Senior Vice President of International Olympic Committee Athlete Career Programme (IOC ACP), was held on Monday, 5 September 2016 afternoon at Regal Hong Kong Hotel. This joint collaboration among IOC ACP, Adecco Hong Kong and the Federation would lead to a new stage of the local athletes career programme in coming 4 years.

Athletes inspire and excite the world with their outstanding performance on the field of play – and they are so much more than that. Seeing their commitment to always go for an extra mile, their ability to work as a team and also their can-do attitude, SF&OC, IOC ACP and Adecco Hong Kong are determined to facilitate the integration of elite athletes into the labour market. It fosters a dialogue among business, non-profit organisations and government on the importance of transitioning athletes into the next phase of their career, ensuring their success beyond sports.

Since 2005, the IOC in cooperation with the Adecco Group, has been providing expertise around education, life skills, career development and job placement, to help elite athletes successfully transition into the workforce.

Mr. Timothy FOK, GBS, JP, President of SF&OC, thanked the support of IOC ACP and Adecco Hong Kong and expressed that, “This agreement is now to move our local athlete career programme a step forward to build a stronger and firmer commitment and bonding to provide an all-round career support to benefit more athletes upon their post-athletic career transformation! With the knowledge and expertise of IOC ACP and Adecco Hong Kong, we can assure a high quality of human resources and job matching service will be provided to our athletes.”

Mr. Patrick GLENNON, Adecco Senior Vice President of IOC ACP said, “At Adecco, we are determined to help elite athletes achieve life-long success. With our industry expertise and over ten years of experience in assisting elite athletes with career development and job placement, the Adecco Group is pleased to offer its services to athletes in Hong Kong. Joining hands with SF&OC, helps us to reach out to athletes, and guide them through a comprehensive journey, all the way from self-discovery to job market entry.” 

Ms. Audrey LOW, Managing Director, Adecco Hong Kong & Macau, expressed of highly supportive of the programme, “Everyone in Hong Kong, including Adecco Hong Kong, is proud of the achievements of our athletes at the recent Rio Olympic Games, and we appreciate their contribution to our society through years of sporting dedication and hard work. Their high level of adaptability, self-discipline and concentration in what they do are definitely transferable attributes to the workplace. As the world’s leading HR solutions provider, we understand both the importance and responsibility in supporting athletes as they move to their ‘second career’.”

About Hong Kong Athletes Career and Education Programme (HKACEP)

HKACEP, under the auspices of the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China and subvented by Home Affairs Bureau of HKSAR Government was established since 2008, has been providing career, education and life skills supports to retired and retiring athletes. The programme has been providing various supports to over 1,000 athletes from 45 National Sports Associations since its launch.

About the Adecco Group

The Adecco Group, based in Zurich, Switzerland, is the world’s leading provider of HR solutions. With more than 33,000 FTE employees and around 5,100 branches in 60 countries and territories around the world, the Adecco Group offers a wide variety of services, connecting approximately 700,000 associates with our clients every day. The services offered fall into the broad categories of temporary staffing, permanent placement, career transition and talent development, as well as outsourcing and consulting. The Adecco Group is a Fortune Global 500 company.

Issued by:

The Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China

Office of Hong Kong Athletes Career and Education Programme

6 September 2016