Portuguese government approves student-athlete regulation
The Portuguese government approved the statute of the national student-athlete, an early claim of the Portuguese University Sports Federation (FADU), and a legacy of the European Universities Games Coimbra 2018. This statute will make it possible to enhance sports practice in higher education institutions in Portugal.
According to FADU, the promulgation of this law will have a direct impact on the lives of student athletes, allowing to increase the rates of sports practice in younger population, which is a very positive reform for Portuguese sport. FADU President Mr Daniel Monteiro stated that "the approved statute aims to facilitate the reconciliation of dual careers, representing another step towards the social value of sport”.
Among the main measures are: the relief of absences, access to special seasons of exams, the postponement of delivery of works, as well as the performance of evaluation moments that coincide with sports competitions and more appropriate schedules to conciliate with sports activities. The approval of these Statute allows standardisation of the conditions given to student-athletes at national level.
FADU participated at the working group that helped to draft this law with the Secretariat of State for Youth and Sports, under the supervision of the Ministry of Education and the Secretariat of State for Higher Education, under the supervision of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education.
For more information, please see www.fadu.pt.