Bringing elite athletes together with great companies.

Athletes learn how to transfer those unique skills and assets, acquired during their sports career, into the labour market.

Companies gain access to world-class employees who have accumulated extraordinary traits and skills combined with the determination to excel in whatever they do.


Developing lifelong excellence for Olympians & Paralympians.
Increasing workplace diversity by providing opportunities for champions.

The Athlete Career Programmes

Why athletes make a great fit for any company

Athletes inspire and excite the world with their outstanding performance on the field of play. And they are so much more than what we see and perceive. That is why it makes sense for your company to hire high-performers who have exceptional attitude, drive and skills. Engage with the ACP to develop them to world-class employees who contribute to your organisation's success.

Athletes demonstrate...

  • A winning attitude
  • Stamina and passion
  • Commitment to go the extra mile
  • The ability to work as a team
  • Focus and energy to achieve success
  • The ability to plan, prioritise and organise projects
  • Discipline and perseverence to achieve goals
An athlete divided into sport and work life

Retirement from sport is inevitable.

As an athlete, you need to think of a career after elite competition. Transitioning into the next phase of your career needs thought, planning and action. The better prepared you are, the smoother your transition. We support you with career counselling, job placement and much more to enhance your success beyond sports.

As an athlete you...

  • Retire at a young age (average 25 – 30) which means 40 professional years ahead.
  • Have transferrable skills and traits - but are you ready to express these in a business language?
  • Have a different background from most people - are you ready to leverage this effectively?
  • Have experiences that the business world needs - can you define them?
  • Have access to a network of people who can significantly impact your career after sport - are you taking advantage of this?
  • Are coachable and a quick learner – how does this translate into the working world?



Adecco provides a stepping stone for elite athletes to become elite workers and gives companies access to world-class employees.

Discover how

Bringing athletes and companies together

Mechelle meet Coca Cola -
Coca Cola meet Mechelle.

"...In a huge time of uncertainty, it was a huge help to have the ACP by my side..."

In 2009, injury forced Mechelle Lewis Freeman to retire earlier than she had anticipated. Listen to her story and how the IOC Athlete Career Programme helped her get a new perspective and prepared for life after athletics.

Mechelle Lewis Freeman

Understand your assets. Make informed decisions. Expand your network.

Career Development...

. . . We can help you discover who you are and where your interests lie. And together we can define the best career path for you. Let us show you what tools, skills, support teams and career options can put you on the road to achieving your goals.

Job Placement...

. . . There are opportunities out there for intern- or traineeships and job placement. You will receive personalised advice and guidance built on Adecco's long-standing employment expertise. We will help you leverage your unique background and capabilities to successfully enter the job market.

Companies' involvement and benefit

Through the IOC and IPC Athlete Career Programmes, you have access to a pool of world-class talent for intern or traineeships and full or part-time employment. With athletes on your team, you showcase the values of your organisation. By increasing diversity in the workplace, the engagement and retention of your employees will improve. Show your commitment to the development of athletes, to the Olympic and Paralympic Movements as well as to society at large.



Many athletes and companies have already engaged in the IOC and IPC Athlete Career Programmes.

Discover who

Success stories – When athlete meets company.

The ACP has reached over 15,000 elite athletes from more than 100 countries.

We have held trainings and workshops with 14 to 18 year-old athletes at the Summer and Winter Youth Olympic Games and we support both active and retired elite athletes working together with National Olympic and Paralympic Committees in countries and regions where Adecco has a presence - and even beyond through Outreach training activities.

These are only a selection of our stories of success.

Read our many other athlete testimonials

We are truly global.



Have we convinced you to engage with the Athlete Career Programme?

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Elite athletes with your unique backgrounds and skills...

Companies looking for world-class talents...

Adecco will work with both to match the right people with the right jobs.




The people behind the IOC & IPC Athlete Career Programmes.

Meet the team

Where the Olympic, Paralympic and Corporate Worlds join forces.

Executive Leadership

Thomas Bach

Thomas Bach

(President, IOC)

"Combining sport with education or work has become increasingly challenging for athletes nowadays. This is where the ACP can help, by providing them with training opportunities and job placements, and thus achieving both sport and life goals."

Patrick De Maeseneire

Patrick De Maeseneire

(Chief Executive Officer, Adecco)

"The Athlete Career Programme is embedded in Adecco's core values team spirit, entrepreneurship, customer focus and responsibility. Integrating athletes into the workforce is part of our focus. Together with the IOC and the IPC, we recognise athletes' transferable skills such as passion, persistence and flexibility. We see it as our duty to ensure they have a future after their sports careers."

Sir Philip Craven

Sir Philip Craven

(President, IPC)

"The transition from competition to the workplace can be a difficult and daunting task for many. However, thanks to the co-operation with Adecco it will be far easier for athletes, who have many skills ideal for the workplace, to make the move smoothly and successfully."

The IOC ACP Steering Committee

IOC ACP Operating Committee

Chantal Buchser

Chantal Buchser


Hannah Burns

Hannah Burns


Lilian Furrer

Lilian Furrer


IPC ACP Steering Committee

IPC ACP Operating Committee

Lilian Furrer

Lilian Furrer


Karl Meesters

Karl Meesters


Alexis Schaefer

Alexis Schaefer


Bart Schell

Bart Schell


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