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?



The Adecco Group 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

Alastair Brogdon

Alastair Brogdon

"My internship with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) is a tremendous opportunity to help my transition into the working world. I can already see traits needed for success in sports, such as high performance teamwork, taking responsibility and leadership skills, are also key to success in the business world."

At the age of 28, Alastair Brogdon reached the pinnacle of world hockey, representing Great Britain as a striker in the 2016 Rio Games. Whilst his sporting career ended abruptly mid match in Rio, when he broke his index finger, he knew by then he was looking for a different kind of ‘break’ - ‘a break’ to transition to a marketing career.

Balancing life... the fast lane with the IOC Athlete Career Programme.

Watch how Alex Baumann, Ayodele Ikuesan, Storm Uru and Morgan Tracey manage to pursue their sporting dream while balancing studies and a professional career they are passionate for.

Balancing life in the fast lane with the IOC Athlete Career Programme
Pursuing an Olympic Dream with Morgan Tracey

Morgan Tracey.

"The best thing about working for GE through the ACP is that I can work it around my training and pursue my Olympic dream."

Morgan Tracey was looking for the ACP not only to give her the ability to put training first, but also to make sure that she was maintaining her know-how gained from the three years, she had spent in law school.

Storm Uru.

"By pro-actively beginning to plan for your life off the pitch, you will be in a much better position to achieve professional and personal success."

Storm received guidance and advice which led him to attend Oxford University to pursue of a Masters of Business Administration degree while still training and competing at a high level. Storm thrives in this balance working to complete his degree with the same tenacity he puts towards rowing.

Storm Uru's Incredible Journey - From the Olympics to Oxford
Ayodele Ikuesan balances her athletic ambitions with a professional career

Ayodele Ikuesan.

"French sprinter Ayodele Ikuesan like many Olympians has to balance her athletic ambitions with a professional career in the workplace."

Finding time to pursue her sporting dreams and maintaining a job requires a big commitment, but she explains how the Athlete Career Programme has allowed her to do both. Subtitles available via closed caption.

Meet and Greet.

"How do companies meet elite athletes and potential employees and get to know their skills, traits and what drives them to become the best in the world?"

And how do athletes get in touch with companies and learn more about their transferrable skills and suitable job profiles and what it means to be part of company life? Adecco Belgium made it possible and brought together HR Directors with Olympic and Paralympic athletes to break down barriers and provide opportunities.

Meet and Greet in Belgium, 2014
Alex Baumann

Alex Baumann.

"Time passes quickly and before we know we face a next major competition, a next exam or deadline at work."

Alex Baumann is an example of an Olympian who found the balance between an elite sports career, education and a career in the workplace. He won silver for Switzerland in the two-man bobsled during the Sochi Olympic Winter Games and at the same time was able to balance his sporting career with demanding studies at University, an internship and now a demanding job in food sciences.

Mechelle and Coca Cola.

"...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 The Adecco Group'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 40,000 elite athletes from more than 185 countries.

We have held trainings and workshops with 15 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 The Adecco Group 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.



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Elite athletes with your unique backgrounds and skills...

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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."

Alain Dehaze

Alain Dehaze

Chief Executive Officer, The Adecco Group

"Sport plays a special role in our company. As the leader in HR services and solutions, we are very proud to cooperate with the International Olympic and Paralympic Committee offering our expertise and skills to elite athletes for their professional development. It is the ACP's declared mission to help them achieve life-long success."

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 The Adecco Group 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


Kaveh Mehrabi

Kaveh Mehrabi


IPC ACP Steering Committee

IPC ACP Operating Committee

Alexis Schaefer

Alexis Schaefer


Bart Schell

Bart Schell



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