CoachLearn and iCoachKids presented as Models of Good Practice at EU Symposium

Projects CoachLearn and iCoachKids were presented last week as good-practice case studies at a European Union Symposium held by the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University in the UK.

The purpose of the event was to inform universities about the various EU funding streams and to showcase a series of successful projects to encourage more applications from UK universities in the coming rounds.

Sergio Lara-Bercial said: This was a great opportunity to learn more about EU funding, network with other projects and showcase the work we are doing at iCoachKids and CoachLearn. The reception from attendees was really encouraging and we hope we showcased what can be achieved thanks to EU funding and through the creation of strong partnership with other organisations across Europe.

For information on CoachLearn, please visit www.coachlearn.eu

For information on iCoachKids, please visit www.icoachkids.eu

iCoachKids Presented at PsyTool Partner Meeting in Sweden

Project lead, Senior Research Fellow for Leeds Beckett University, Sergio Lara-Bercial, and Dr Ladislav Petrovic from the Hungarian Coaches Association travelled to the wonderful seaside town of Halmstad in Sweden to present iCoachKids to the partners of PsyTool, a related Erasmus+ co-funded project.  

PsyTool uses sport psychology principles to protect children against any kind of abuse, violence, cheating or discrimination in youth sport. It aims to do so through the development of a network of Agents of Change: parents, coaches, referees and any other significant adult who will be able to not only identify and act when a case arises, but raise awareness and educate the athletes themselves.

The meeting was hosted and organised by project partner Halmstad University’s Professor Natalia Stambulova. Sergio and Laszlo presented the aims of iCK and offered a sneak-preview of the soon-to-go-live to the PsyTool partners which amongst others include Sevilla FC, Sporting Clube Lisbon, University of La Sapienza Rome, FARE Network, University Pablo Olavide, Autonomous University of Barcelona and the University of the Balearic Islands.

A proposal for further cooperation to aid dissemination of both projects across the EU and facilitate the shared use of each other’s materials has been agreed in principle.

iCK Project Leader Sergio Lara-Bercial said: “This is a fantastic step forward for iCoachKids. PsyTool shares a lot of commonalities with iCK and we are delighted to be able to help each other for the benefit of children and coaches across the European Union”.

The iCoachKids website will go live by 10th February 2017

For updates please follow both projects @PsyToolEU and @iCoachKidsEU

For more information please visit www.psytoolsport.eu and www.icoachkids.eu

The iCoachKids Website Has Lift-Off!

The interactive iCoachKids online platform has gone live. The site contains a vast number of resources and materials to help coaches plan and deliver great sessions and programmes.

The main objective of the iCoachKids project is to tackle the lack of existing opportunities for coaches of children to be suitably trained and recognized across Europe. The project will overturn this situation through the development of open and innovative education and training resources and opportunities for youth coaches. 

iCoachKids is a three-year Erasmus+ co-funded project (2016-2019) which brings together eight organisations with expertise in the field of youth sport and coach education.  Led by Leeds Beckett University and the International Council for Coaching Excellence, other partners include the Netherlands Olympic Committee (NOC*NSF), the Hungarian Coaching Association, Sport Ireland, Lithuanian Sports University (LSU), Universidad Europea de Madrid and the Royal Belgian Football Association.

The iCoachKids website, a repository of both existing and newly developed resources and materials from all over the world aimed at youth coaches, is the first to cover the whole breadth of areas related to coaching youth sport. It contains different sections spanning a broad range of topics such as child development, motivation, planning, talent development, safeguarding and child protection or how children learn. It even has a section for parents and clubs so everyone can be on the same page when it comes to youth sport. 

iCoachKids boasts a large number of international expert contributors such as Vern Gambetta (USA), Paul Gamble (UK), Chema Buceta (Spain), Leanne Norman (UK), Kris Van der Haegen (Belgium) and many more making it a ‘cutting-edge’ source of information and advice for budding and expert coaches alike. 

Coaches and parents from all over the European Union and beyond can also interact with each other and the contributors using the discussion forums built into the site.  

The icing-on-the-cake for iCoachKids will be the creation of 3 newly developed Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) from the summer of 2018 onwards. These courses will conform with European educational regulations and be accessible FREE of charge to anyone who wants to learn more about coaching children. Colleges, universities and federations will be free to adopt and adapt them as part of their regular offer to coaches at no cost to them or their coaches!    

Project Leader, LBU’s Senior Research Fellow Sergio Lara-Bercial said"The launch of the website is a huge step for iCoachKids. It puts the project on the map. Coaches of children represent over 80% of the coaching workforce across Europe, yet they lack sufficient opportunities to gain specialist knowledge to fulfil their very important role. The iCoachKids webiste will change that." 

ICCE President, John Bales said: "iCoachKids fills a void that has been empty for too long. Thanks to iCK coaches all over the EU and beyond can have access to free, up-to-date, practical and engaging information and tips to develop their coaching to new heights"

For more information or if you want to collaborate or become a project supporter for iCoachKids please contact Project Leader Sergio Lara-Bercial on s.lara-bercial@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

PsyTool Online Platform Presented at Halmstad University in Sweden

ICCE Secretary General Ladislav Petrovic and Manager for Strategy and Development Sergio Lara-Bercial with Professor Natalia Stambulova from Halmstad University

PsyTool Project partners travelled to wonderful seaside town of Halmstad in Sweden for the third full partner meeting of this Erasmus+ co-funded project in February 2017. PsyTool uses sport psychology principles to protect children against any kind of abuse, violence, cheating or discrimination in youth sport. It aims to do so through the development of a network of Agents of Change: parents, coaches, referees and any other significant adult who will be able to not only identify and act when a case arises, but raise awareness and educate the athletes themselves.

The meeting was hosted and organised by project partner Halmstad University. Professor Natalia Stambulova and associate professors Andreas Ivarsson and Krister Hertting created a very productive environment which led to a very successful meeting. ICCE was represented by Secretary General Dr Ladislav Petrovic and Manager for Strategy & Development Sergio Lara-Bercial.

The key events of the 2-day gathering were:

  • The launch of the newly developed PsyTool Online Study Platform. This platform allows institutions to run customised courses to train Agents of Change in a flexible, effective and interactive manner. The platform, currently only in Spanish, will be translated into English and Portuguese in the immediate future.
  • The presentation of the 10 lessons covering a wide range of topics such as doping, match fixing, safeguarding and child protection and positive youth development through sport.

The first round of Agents of Change training will start in early March and conclude in mid-May. Research and evaluation data from this first round will be presented in a special symposium at the highly prestigious World Congress of the International Society for Sport Psychology in Seville in July 2017.

For updates please follow the project @PsyToolEU

For more information please visit www.psytoolsport.eu

PhD Scholarship - Sociology of Sport, Sport Development, and/or Physical Education

The Sustainable Sport Development and Well-Being research group at the University of St Mark & St John is seeking applications from interested students for undertaking a funded PhD scholarship in sport, health and/or well-being.

Applications are welcome from students interested in undertaking empirically grounded, theoretically driven, industry relevant, and socially impactful research that can inform and enable inclusive policy formations towards the effective incorporation of the range of sport-related products and services into sustainable development strategies for individual and community well-being, capacity-building and social change. More specifically, the University is looking for a motivated student interested in undertaking doctoral study aligned with any of the key themes of the research group:

  • Strategy – Planning for the strategic management of sport and leisure organisations and enabling the effective leveraging of resulting benefits
  • Inclusive Governance – Promoting inclusiveness of minority physical activities
  • Embodiment – Fostering meanings and identities of sport and leisure participants
  • Sustainability – Determining the economic, social and environmental impacts of sport and event tourism as well as enhancing and sustaining their value
  • Community Capacity – Building local capacities to create and deliver sport and leisure opportunities, health services as well as event tourist experiences
  • Quality of life – Assessing the contribution of sport, leisure and event tourism to subjective and collective well-being
  • Education – Examining teaching and learning within sport coaching, physical education, and physical activity health promotion

Initial and/or informal enquires can be directed to Vassilios Ziakas, Associate Professor in Sport Management (vziakas@marjon.ac.uk), Aaron Beacom, Reader in Sport & International Relations (abeacom@marjon.ac.uk), or Kass Gibson, Lecturer in Sport Coaching and Physical Education(kgibson@marjon.ac.uk)

Bringing Health Enhancing Physical Activity (HEPA) into Sport - the SPEACH Project: Sport Physical Education and Coaching in Health

From 6-10 February 2017, around 70 students from six European countries will join a week in which three newly developed HEPA modules will be offered by teachers from seven EU countries. These modules are part of the ‘Sport Physical Education and Coaching for Health (SPEACH) project, a project that is co-financed by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union (2015-2017). The feedback generated during this pilot will be used to review and validate the HEPA modules. Aim of the HEPA modules and the SPEACH project is to increase awareness and behavioral change in sport professionals and European citizens towards an active and healthy lifestyle. It is intended that the developed HEPA modules should be able to be integrated in Physical Education Training Education structures and Sport Coaching courses.

Professor Johan de Jong (Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen): “After finishing the need analyses phase, all partners put a great effort in the development of the HEPA modules. Beside that, a teach-the-teacher course was developed and held in Odense (DEN). Ultimately three HEPA modules were selected which will be tested in a real-life setting with physical education and sport coaching students and teachers in February 2017. So, I am very satisfied with the progress we made and really looking forward to the SPEACH week to see teachers and students from different EU countries working together on this important topic”.  

During the last project meeting in Lisbon 25-28 October, partners worked intensively together on the detailed preparation of their module. Another important point on the agenda of this meeting was the sustainability of the project results. The European Network of Sport Education (ENSE) formerly known as ENSSEE, will take the lead on this issue.

President elect Professor Karen Petry: “It is excited to have the opportunity to test these modules in a real-world setting. Not only does it show how well this project has been moving forward, but it also gives us an opportunity to integrate invaluable student feedback”.

ENSE will host its next biennial forum in Aarhus, Denmark, from the 11th to the 14th of September 2017 and will be used a platform to further disseminate information about the SPEACH project.

To stay updated or to find out more about the project visit the SPEACH website or follow @SPEACHproject on Twitter. Interested parties can contact the project organisation through the website.

Call for Proposals for Hosting of the ICCE Global Coach Conference 2019

Every two years the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) Global Coach Conference brings together coaches, coach educators, researchers, sport scientists, technical directors and sport administrators to address issues in coaching, to learn about new coaching research, and to share experiences with the top coaching development experts in the world. GCC is usually combined with a national event of the hosting country.

The International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) is looking for an institutional partner to host the 12th Global Coach Conference in 2019.

To read the full Call for Proposals, please click here.

Please note: 

In 2019 the Association of Sport Performance Centres (ASPC)  http://sportperformancecentres.org/ will also be conducting its international conference, the International Forum on Elite Sport. 

Organizations may wish to apply to host both events, as ICCE and ISPC would consider having the two conferences in the same venue with an overlapping time period to share speakers and for the benefit of delegates.


UNI Europa round table meeting - Frankfurt, December 2016

The ICCE was recently represented by VP Europe Jose Curado and Brian McGuinness at a round table meeting in Frankfurt in December 2016, hosted by UNI Europa, a European umbrella organization for trade unions in the sport sector.

This meeting which was organized with UNI Europa's social partner the European Asssociation of Sports Employers (EASE) gathered various stakeholders from the European not-for-profit sport sector (e.g. representatives of sports federations, sports ministries, sports clubs, academics, and employees) and to introduce the concept of social dialogue to them. 

Social dialogue – understood as a forum for employers and employees to discuss and to act on issues of common concern – is a little known tool in the sport sector. Examples from countries such as the Netherlands, France, or Sweden, however, demonstrated that an open exchange between employers can have a very positive impact in such areas as health and safety, skills, qualifications and lifelong learning. The European Commission has also recognized the benefits of social dialogue and its potential in contributing to the increasing professionalization of the sector. Further, the EC promotes social dialogue as means to improve good governance in sport. 

Invitees were encouraged to share their national perspective on the labour market challenges they face at home while delegates from EASE and UNI Europa shared good practices from national as well as European-level social dialogue.

The roundtable was part of a EU-financed project (VS/2015/0333) aiming to build capacity among employers and trade unions in the sport and active leisure sector.

Preparing the Pilot: Making the framework for Groningen 2017


From October 25 until 28 the SPEACH consortium met in Lisbon, Portugal. Hosted by our Portuguese partner ESDRM, the meeting focused on the preparation of an Intensive Programme set to take place in Groningen in February 2017.

Ans Kremer and Jacqueline Selker of Hanze University of Applied Sciences guided the module developers in making a module specific framework for their modules to be piloted in Groningen. During this fruitful meeting groups were formed around the modules, frameworks were made and filled, and further arrangements were made to continue the preparation.

For more information on the SPEACH project, of which the ICCE are one of the partner organisations, please visit the website here.

Call for Applications - ICCE Research Committee

The ICCE Research Committee acts in an advisory capacity to the ICCE Board with respect to the full range of ICCE and external partner activity in the area of coaching research.

The Research Committee will give specific attention to:

a)      Support for the ICCE Strategic Plan and the establishment of research priorities and knowledge translation strategies for the ICCE.

b)      Development of the programs for the ICCE Global Coach Conference and ICCE Research Fair and the encouragement of participation by applied researchers from all regions and language groups, including student and new researchers.

c)      Promotion of research in coaching and the expansion of the coaching research community.

d)      Support for the International Sport Coaching Journal, in terms of submission of articles and promotion of subscriptions.

The ICCE Research Committee is seeking two new members to serve a four-year term (2017-2021). Information regarding who are the actual members and the Terms of Reference of the ICCE Research Committee can be found here.

The two members to replace are Dr. Jean Côté and Dr. Pierre Trudel.

For more information, please read here.

Coaching Council

The ECC is a formally established continental body for Europe of the International Council for Coaching Excellence.