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ICCE and Leeds Beckett research and development programmes support historic ‘1st Cooperation in Sport Seminar’ between the Chinese government and the European Commission in Shanghai

The meeting took place within the framework of the 4th Round of the China-EU High-Level People to People Dialogue which, for the first time, included sport as a key topic. Carnegie School of Sport Senior Research Fellow Sergio Lara-Bercial travelled to Shanghai as part of the EU sport expert delegation invited by EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Mr Tibor Navracsics.

China and the EU have a long-standing tradition of cooperation and exchange. More recently, this cooperation has been formalised in what has been called the High-Level People to People Dialogue (HPPD). Now in its fourth year, the HPPD has traditionally focused on issues related to education, culture and youth. However, this round included for the very first time the topic of sport which was identified by both parties as fundamental for the future. The aim of this dialogue is to bring together EU and Chinese representatives of the sport movement and national administrations to exchange good practices and identify possible areas of cooperation.

In addition to Mr Lara-Bercial, the EU expert delegation included Mr Yves Le Losteque (Head of Sport Unit of European Commission), Mr Tarvi Pürn (Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Culture of Estonia), Mr Pal Schmitt (Member of the IOC), Mr Laurent Petrynka (President of the International School Sport Federation), Mr Patrick Roult (High Performance Director, INSEP Paris), Mr. Thierry Zintz (Catholic University of Louvain and European Observatoire of Sport) and Mr Alexandre Husting (EU sport policy expert from the government of Luxembourg).

The delegation participated in the plenary session of the China-EU High Level People-to-People Dialogue on Education, Culture and Sport on Tuesday 14th November. The objective of this session was to assess the progress made since the last HPPD and also to announce areas for future cooperation. Chinese Vice Premier Mme Liu Yandong and Commissioner Navracsics expressed their satisfaction with progress so far and challenged and encouraged all present to think outside the box to enhance the number of opportunities for cooperation.

On Wednesday 15th November, the delegation travelled in the morning to the extraordinary Oriental Land Sports Training Base in Zhujiajiao, for part one of the specialised seminar in sport presided by Vice Minister of Sport Mr Yang Shu'an. This was a unique opportunity for Chinese and EU colleagues to gain a better understanding to the policies and structure of sport in the two sides. It also started to identify significant synergies and potential areas for cooperation like athlete and coach exchanges.  

In the afternoon the EU party transferred to the world-renown Shanghai Sport University for part two of the seminar. On this occasion, the EU experts and their Chinese counterparts delivered keynotes on a variety of sport-related topics. Mr Lara-Bercial provided an update on the current status of coaching in the EU and presented the outputs of CoachLearn and iCoachKids, two recent Erasmus+ co-funded projects led by LBU and ICCE. This included the presentation of commemorative copies of the European Sport Coaching Framework (ESCF) to all Chinese delegates as well as a tour of the iCK website which supports the development of youth sport coaches via online courses and materials. Both of these projects captivated the imagination of the Chinese colleagues and potential cooperation avenues have been opened.

Mr Lara-Bercial stressed the importance of this historic moment: “There are 400 million young people in China really keen to take part in sport. China will need to develop millions of coaches to cope with this demand. If the ESCF and iCoachKids could support this major overhaul we would be delighted”

In sum, after a very fruitful couple of days, multiple areas for potential cooperation between the EU and China in the field of sport were identified and the now existing people to people ties will strengthen the already existing institutional relationships so concrete actions and work plans. In this respect, Head of the Sport Unit of the European Commission Yves Le Losteque explained: “I think it’s been a terrific start. The foundation for future cooperation has been laid and we couldn’t be more grateful to both the EU and Chinese experts for their openness and insightful contributions”

If you want to know more about the ESCF or iCoachKids, please visit www.CoachLearn.eu and www.iCoachKids.eu

 

The iCoachKids FREE Massive Open Online Courses Start to Take Shape in Budapest

iCoachKids travelled to Hungary for the 3rd Transnational Meeting of this Erasmus+ co-funded project. After the first 12 months of the project, the partnership aimed to finalise the European Coaching Children Curriculum (ECCC) during this meeting in Budapest. The draft ECCC was published a couple of months ago to a very warm reception. The ECCC is meant as a reference point to support organisations and coach developers wishing to assess and re-develop their existing coaching children learning opportunities or to create completely new ones to satisfy existing needs and demands. Feedback from partners and wider stakeholders on the draft ECCC was considered and a final version of the curriculum was agreed and will be published in the next few weeks.

In addition, and once the ECCC was approved, the forthcoming FREE three massive open online courses (MOOCs) were discussed. At this point, both the content and the pedagogical model were debated. The iCK group agreed that the MOOCs would be aimed at beginner and intermediate youth coaches, yet are confident that the quality of the courses and the ancillary materials and study guides will make them attractive to even the most experienced and knowledgeable coaches out there. In relation to the pedagogical model, the courses will incorporate a mix of taught content via videos and interactive activities, and reflective and applied work wherein the learning coach will be engaged in ‘real-life’ tasks related to the content covered on the course.

The title and content of three courses was also agreed upon:

MOOC #1 Developing Effective Environments for Youth Sport

MOOC #2 Child & Youth Centred Coaching

MOOC #3 Coaching Children: Planning, Doing and Reviewing

The first MOOC will be ready by the summer of 2018 with the next two coming online in 2019.  For more information, please visit www.icoachkids.eu

iCoachKids is co-funded by an Erasmus+ grant and led by Leeds Beckett University (LBU) and the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE). It brings together another six world-class organisations with a common desire to support children and youth coaches and a proven track record of doing so. These include Sport Ireland Coaching, the Hungarian Coaches Association, the Netherlands Olympic Committee, the European University of Madrid, Lithuanian Sport University, and the Royal Belgian Football Association.

 

The 1st iCoachKids Conference in Budapest Raises the Bar for the Rest of the Project

The Hungarian Coaching Association played host to the 1st ever iCoachKids conference in Budapest. A country renown for punching above their weight in the sporting arena, Hungary did not disappoint and the conference over exceeded all expectations. A hundred coaches, coach developers and researchers from 15 different nations descended upon the Danube-bathed city for an action pack day of learning and sharing.

The day was opened by Hungarian coaching legend and three-time Olympic champion waterpolo coach Dénes Kemény who stressed the importance of having well trained and qualified coaches working with children and young people: “If we don’t get it right at the youth level, we have no chance of developing great athletes at the elite level. Coaches and their education are central to this”.

Next it was Kris Van der Haegen, Director of Coach Education for the Royal Belgian Football Association (an iCK partner) and Assistant Coach for the Senior Women’s National Team. Kris very eloquently told the story of how Belgian football has taken very important steps to build a football participation and competition system completely tailor-made for children at different stages of development going from 1v1 and 2v2 festivals for under 6 players to the full size 11v11 for senior players. Kris emphasised that “we have to see the world through the eyes of the children and create opportunities to enjoy sport for all of them, not just for the good ones or the ones who are extremely motivated”.

Zoltan Marczinka and Judit Balogh from the Hungarian Handball and Basketball Federations respectively provided a window into how Hungary is solving the issue of attracting more children into sport and how to equip coaches appropriately to give children positive and enriching experiences. Zoltan and Judit emphasise the role schools and school teachers can play in enhancing the sport experience, but also that teachers and newly qualified coaches need a lot of support and hence the creation of Hungary-wide mentoring and support schemes which are proving very successful. A great example to follow for other countries and sports in Europe.

Sheelagh Quinn and Declan O’Leary from iCK partner Sport Ireland Coaching shared with the attendees the experience of developing four coaching children workshops to support youth coaches in Ireland. The workshops were developed in conjunction with iCK project lead Sergio Lara-Bercial (Leeds Beckett University) and have been delivered to over 4,000 coaches with very positive feedback. These workshops will be very influential in the development of the iCK online training in the second and third year of the project.

iCK group member Marieke Fix ( from iCK partner in the Netherlands NOC-NSF) presented the findings from the very large iCK literature review of coaching children science and linked them to The iCoachKids Pledge, 10 guidance points to facilitate positive sport experiences for kids. The full literature review can be downloaded here. It contains over a hundred practical recommendations to support coaches create child-centred effective sport environments to foster enjoyment and personal development as well as physical and motor skills.


Julian North (Leeds Beckett University, iCK lead partner) offered a whistle stop tour of the research-based audit of the youth sport coaching workforce conducted as part of iCK in the UK, Netherlands, Spain, Lithuania and Hungary. The results paint a bleak picture of a general lack of recognition of the figure of the children’s coach which translates into a relatively low status and education level compared to other coaching populations like high performance. The audit also confirmed that customised learning opportunities for youth coaches are virtually non-existent in the EU and thus makes the outputs of project iCoachKids, especially the online training and resource guide all the more relevant and important.

Finally, project lead Sergio Lara-Bercial and e-learning specialist Pedro Lara from iCK partner Universidad Europea de Madrid presented the European Coaching Children Curriculum and the draft table of contents for the forthcoming three FREE Massive Open Online Courses for youth coaches which will be developed over the next two years of the project. Work on the development of these e-learning opportunities has already started and the first course is expected to be ready in the summer of 2018.

All in all, a terrific day of sharing and learning amongst children’s coaches, coach developers and researchers from across the EU. The 2nd iCoachKids Conference is planned for the autumn of 2018 in Leeds. Full details will be shared in due course.

The video and powerpoints from the conference will also be available shortly on the iCK website. Keep your eyes on the Twitter feed @iCoachKidsEU

iCoachKids is co-funded by an Erasmus+ grant and led by Leeds Beckett University (LBU) and the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE). It brings together another six world-class organisations with a common desire to support children and youth coaches and a proven track record of doing so. These include Sport Ireland Coaching, the Hungarian Coaches Association, the Netherlands Olympic Committee, the European University of Madrid, Lithuanian Sport University, and the Royal Belgian Football Association.

 

Participation, Recreation and Inclusion through Martial Arts Education (PRIME) - Workshop II: 9-10 September 2017, Oxford

The second workshop of the Participation, Recreation and Inclusion through Martial Arts Education (PRIME) project, took place in Oxford on 9-10 September 2017.  Ladislav Petrovic and Sergio Lara-Bercial represented the ICCE (a partner in this Erasmus+ funded project) and led a session on Coaching Frameworks, with an emphasis on the European Sport Coaching Framework.

PRIME seeks to develop a high-quality coaching framework to support the promotion of healthy martial arts participation among persons with a disability across Europe. This framework will be the first of its kind, it will be compatible with the European Qualification Framework (EQF) and constitute a model for global initiatives.

For more information, visit the website here.

1st iCoachKids Conference – For the Kids and With the Kids

The first Conference of the iCoachKids project will take place on 3rd November 2017 in Budapest, Hungary. The event will aim to gather feedback from stakeholders informing the development of a European Coaching Children Curriculum.

The ICCE and Leeds Beckett University's Sergio Lara-Bercial, project leader for iCoachKids, said of the event:

‘We are very excited about the 1st iCK Conference in Budapest. This is our first chance to share with the wider coaching children community all that has happened in the first year of the programme and take their feedback. We will also be talking about what will happen over the next two years, especially the building of our three Massive Open Online Courses’.

The line-up of speakers includes Kris Van der Haegen, Director of Coach Education, Royal Belgian Football Association; Nicolette van Veldhoven, Windsheim University, Netherlands; and Dr. Dénes Kemény, Vice President of the Hungarian Coaching Assocation, and President of the Hungarian Water Polo Federation.

More information on the project can be found here, while the conference agenda can be found here.

Participation is free, and a limited number of international participants might benefit from free one night accommodation. Please contact Ladislav Petrovic on L.Petrovic@icce.ws

All you ever wanted to know about coaching children, but were too afraid to ask…

iCoachKids: All you ever wanted to know about coaching children, but were too afraid to ask…

iCoachKids has published the eagerly awaited Coaching Children Literature Review. The review is a central piece of iCK. It aims to provide the necessary evidence to aid the development of a European Coaching Children Curriculum (ECCC) to guide those developing training opportunities for coaches of children and young people in the European Union and beyond. The review has also provided the foundations for The iCoachKids Pledge

 

 

Millions of children and young people take part in sport and physical activity across Europe every day. However, the majority of their coaches are either not qualified or hold lower level generic qualifications that do not prepare them specifically to work with this age-group. iCoachKids (iCK) is an international, collaborative, multi-agency, Erasmus+ co-funded project led by Leeds Beckett University aiming to support the development of a Specialist Children and Youth Coaching Workforce across the EU to ensure all youth sport participants have a positive experience led by suitably trained coaches.

The newly released literature review is a central piece of iCK. It aims to provide the necessary evidence to aid the development of a European Coaching Children Curriculum (ECCC) to guide those developing training opportunities for coaches of children and young people in the European Union and beyond. In the context of iCK, the literature review and the ECCC will inform the development of the three Massive Open Online Courses that will be the final outputs of the project.

The review was conducted by the consortium expert group comprised of Professor Nicolette van Veldhoven and Marieke Fix (Netherlands), Sergio Lara-Bercial, Dr Julian North, and Dr A.J. Rankin-Wright (United Kingdom), Declan O’Leary and Sheelagh Queen (Ireland), Kris Van der Haegen and Manuel Dupois (Belgium), Dr Rafael Navarro and Dr Sonia García (Spain), Lolita Dudeniene and Dr Birute Statkeviciene (Lithuanias), and Dr Ladislav Petrovic and Judith Balogh (Hungary). All the above experts have contributed to various sections of this review.

In light of the findings of the review, the iCK expert group have also developed The iCoachKids Pledge which includes 10 Golden Rules for Coaching Children that coaches and sport clubs should adhere to in order to guarantee positive experiences.

iCoachKids Goes East

Project iCoachKids are delighted to announce a new cooperation agreement with the National Youth Sport Institute (NYSI) of Singapore to drive the quality of youth sport experiences in the South-East Asian country.

The NYSI thus becomes the latest project supporter to be added to a growing list of organisations aiding the development and dissemination of youth coach education resources linked to the Erasmus+ project led by Leeds Beckett University (LBU) and the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE).

The NYSI aims to add value and positively impact the Singapore youth sports ecosystem. One of the NYSI’s key objectives is to raise the standards of youth coaching through coach education and provision of coaching resources. iCoachKids and NYSI will work together to ensure that resources provided by both organisations reach as wide an audience as possible both in Europe and Asia.

Head of Youth Coaching for NYSI, Vincent Ong is delighted with the signing of this memorandum of understanding. “This partnership will collectively elevate youth coaching standards and help to create a more positive development experience for youth athletes en route towards their high performance or lifelong participation goal,” said Mr Ong.

“We are glad to partner with iCoachKids to support youth coaches in Singapore,” said Mr Tan Wearn Haw, Director of NYSI. “Youth coaches are developing the next generation of elite athletes for Singapore and NYSI will support them with easily accessible, online educational resources through this partnership.”

The ICCE and Leeds Beckett University's Sergio Lara-Bercial, project leader for iCoachKids, praised the agreement. "NYSI has very similar objectives to iCoachKids and a real desire and drive to improve the sport experiences of children and young people in Singapore and South-East Asia. We are very excited about this partnership," said Mr Lara-Bercial.

iCoachKids is led by Leeds Beckett University (LBU) and the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) and brings together another six world-class organisations with a common desire to support youth coaches and a proven track record of doing so. These include Sport Ireland Coaching, the Hungarian Coaches Association, the Netherlands Olympic Committee, and European University of Madrid, Lithuanian Sport University, and the Royal Belgian Football Association.

Please visit www.nysi.org.sg  and www.icoachkids.eu  for more information.

iCoachKids Makes Waves at the European Sport Summit in Denmark

The Erasmus+ co-funded project led by Leeds Beckett University and the ICCE developing FREE educational resources for youth coaches was presented in the Danish coastal city of Aarhus, European Capital of Culture 2017, during the activities of the European Sport Summit 2017.

The Summit was jointly organised by ENSE (European Network of Sport Education), the ICCE, and the European Athlete as Student Network and brought together stakeholders from over 20 EU countries to discuss issues of talent development and dual careers.

iCoachKids was represented by Project Lead Sergio Lara-Bercial from Leeds Beckett University, as well as Ladislav Petrovic from Hungarian Coaches Association and Jan Minkhorst from the NOC*NSF (Netherlands).

Sergio Lara-Bercial said: “The Summit was a tremendous opportunity to present iCoachKids to a captive audience of like-minded people and organisations. We have already started to discuss potential cooperation agreements with several institutions to spread the message of iCK”

iCoachKids is led by Leeds Beckett University (LBU) and the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) and brings together another six world-class organisations with a common desire to support youth coaches and a proven track record of doing so. These include Sport Ireland Coaching, the Hungarian Coaches Association, the Netherlands Olympic Committee, and European University of Madrid, Lithuanian Sport University, and the Royal Belgian Football Association.

Driven Benevolence – Leadership lessons from Olympic Serial Winning Coaches

Expert coach, and the ICCE's own Sergio Lara-Bercial interviewed seventeen of the worlds top gold medal winning coaches to find out their secrets. A free webinar will take place on 18th October to reveal the results.

To find out more, and to register, please click here.

Coaching athletes and teams to Olympic gold once is a huge achievement. Being successful consistently over 20 or 30 years is the perogative of a very small and select group of coaches. So, what does it take to win repeatedly at the top level of sport. To find out, Sergio interviewed seventeen of these super-coaches (totalling over 150 gold medals between them) and their athletes. As it happens, above all the technical and tactical knowledge of the sport and the access to resources and technology, it turns out that their ruthless yet not heartless leadership style accounted for a lot of their success. This webinar will explore this topic further.

Leeds Beckett and ICCE Research Influences Developments at the Highest Level of European Policy.

 

 

Photo Credit: Estonia Ministry of Culture

Research conducted by Leeds Beckett and ICCE researchers Sergio Lara-Bercial, Dr Julian North, Dr A.J. Rankin-Wright and Dr Ladislav Petrovic was showcased at the inaugural Sport Conference of the Estonian Presidency of the European Council focused on ‘The Role of Coaches in Society’ which took place in Tallinn from 12-14th July.

Estonia, a country renown for producing great sporting talent from a very small pool (1.5M inhabitants) is holding the Presidency of the European Council from July to December 2017. In the area of sport, the priority chosen by the Estonian minister of Culture, Mr Indrek Saar is the recognition and adequate preparation of the sport coach. Estonia has recently adopted a sport act which regulates the coaching profession and has created a qualifications systems and coaching register to support coaches’ development.

The focus of the conference was on the changing role of the coach in 21st century society. Minister Saar said: ‘the social role of coaches is even greater than their sport-specific role by teaching values and skills for life’. A similar message was shared by Deputy Director General of the European Commission Mr Jens Nymand-Christensen who also emphasise the role of coach education to guarantee positive sporting experiences for all European citizens. Mr Nymand-Christensen stressed the role that Project CoachLearn led by Leeds Beckett and the International Council for Coaching Excellence and the publication of its main output, the European Sport Coaching Framework (ESCF) has in ‘showing the way for those developing coaching and coaching systems’.

Leeds Beckett partner, the ICCE was given a place of honour at the conference as the global body leading and supporting the development of coaching world-wide. ICCE and Carnegie School of Sport Senior Research Fellow Sergio Lara-Bercial delivered two keynotes. On the first one he spoke exclusively to the Meeting of Sport Director Generals of the 28 EU Member Countries about the changing role of coaches in 21st century society. Sergio introduced them to the ESCF and underlined the need to provide coaches with the right knowledge, skills and attitudes to fulfil the ever more complex role of the coach and the needs of the 100 million European citizens receiving coaching from 9 million coaches across the Union. In his second keynote, Sergio discussed his research into Olympic Serial Winning Coaches with Allar Raja, Estonian Bronze medallist in Rio.

In addition, José Curado, European Coaching Council President, presented a keynote lecture on the importance of balancing formal, non-formal and informal education in the development of coaches and encouraged all to ‘Never stop walking on the road to Utopia’. Likewise, ICCE Board Member Kirsi Hämäläinen, took part in a panel analysing the skills needed of coaches in the 21st Century.

The conference marked a historic moment for coaching in Europe and further developments and collaborations between the Estonian Presidency, the European Commission, the ICCE and Leeds Beckett are expected.

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