Launch of the European Sport Coaching Framework

Leeds Beckett University, the International Council for Coaching Excellence and all other partners of project CoachLearn are delighted to invite you to the closing conference of this Erasmus+ co-funded initiative.

Over the last 3 years, CoachLearn has conducted research and development activities around coach education and development systems and qualifications in Europe. The main aim of the project is to enhance coaches learning, employability and mobility in the European Union.

At the closing conference, the CoachLearn team will unveil the newly developed European Sport Coaching Framework (ESCF) published by Human Kinetics, and a series of application and development tools that accompany it.  The ESCF is the final published outcome of the project, and has been developed following considerable research reports undertaken by the project partners, and production of best practice guides (available in English, Dutch, German and Spanish).  The ESCF was subject to extensive consultation by coaching stakeholders from all over Europe.

CoachLearn Project Manager Sergio-Lara-Bercial says of the project: "CoachLearn has been a tremendous collaborative effort between all of those with a stake in coaching across Europe. The publication of the European Sport Coaching Framework marks a turning point in the quest to enhance coaches learning, employability and mobility".

The closing conference is taking place at Mercure Parkway Hotel in Leeds, UK on 31st May and 1st June.

To book your place at the closing conference, please contact k.livingstone@icce.ws.  For copies of the reports published so far, and information on how to obtain copies of the ESCF, please visit the project website at www.coachlearn.eu

For any additional information please contact s.lara-bercial@leedsbeckett.ac.uk


CoachLearn is funded through an Erasmus+ bid (2014 call) under the Strategic Partnerships Action within Key Action 2 – Cooperation and Innovation for Good Practices.

CoachLearn seeks to enhance sport coaches' learning, mobility and employment through the development of a European Sport Coaching Framework and associated research data, implementation and dissemination tools to act as a recognised reference points across the Union for the development of coach education programmes and coaching systems.

CoachSG to provide more support and training for coaches in Singapore

Over 400 coaches attended the first CoachSG coaching conference on May 11 and 12 in Singapore. Guest speakers included ICCE president John Bales, NSSU coach Developer Academy director Masa Ito and ISCJ editor Wade Gilbert. Under the direction of CoachSG director Troy Engle, the conference was the launch of the new CoachSG department within Sport Singapore. 

Click here to find out more.

NSSU Coach Developer Academy Applicants for 2017-2018

Because of a computer glitch, we’re concerned some applications for the 2017-18 NSSU Coach Developer Academy (cohort 4) may not have come through.  If you have applied, please send an email to Sarodo sarodo@nittai.ac.jp and he will confirm your application has been received.

Register for the ICCE Global Coach Conference 2017 without delay!

Registration for the upcoming ICCE Global Coach Conference in Liverpool is available at www.icce-2017.com

There is a discount available for ICCE members who pay their membership fees by 1st July 2017, and an early bird discount for those who register before 30th April.

Information on the ICCE Research Fair preceding the conference can be found on the website.

The following keynote speakers have been announced for the conference:

  • Eddie Jones, Rugby Football Union, Head Coach
  • Kate Richardson-Walsh, Olympic gold medallist in hockey
  • Marisol Casado, IOC Member, ITU President
  • Professor Barry Drust, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Amy Baltzell, Clinical Associate Professor of Sport Psychology

 For more information, please view the conference flyer here.

Cohort Three Completes the Nippon Sport Science University Coach Developer Academy (NCDA); Call for Applications for Cohort 4.

Another outstanding class of the NSSU Coach Developer Academy completed their program in Tokyo in February, with ten participants completing all the requirements as an ICCE Trained Coach Developer. 

-       Steven Dillon, New Zealand Football

-       Glenn Cundari, PGA of Canada (golf)

-       Kristen Dieffenbach, West Virginia University, USA

-       Larissa Galatti, Campinas University, Brazil

-       Maiju Kokkonen, Finnish Sports Institute Vierumäki

-       Torsten Buhre, Malmö University, Sweden

-       Robert Holden, World Sailing, South Africa

-       Lynnette Chng, Sport Singapore

-       Shlomo Sabia, Ministry of Culture and Sport, Israel

-       Pelle Kvalsund, Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sport.

Participants completed two one week intensive courses at NSSU’s Tokyo campus, as well as a series of e-learning modules and homework assignments.  All are active Coach Developers and are contributing to the expansion of the Coach Developer workforce within their organizations.

The program is part of the Japanese government’s “Sport for Tomorrow” initiative to spread the global benefits of sport in the lead-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Under the direction of NCDA Director and President of NSSU Dr. Ryosho Tanigama, NCDA Secretary General and NSSU Professor Dr. Masa Ito, and NCDA Manager Jun Sekiguchi, the Academy is a partnership with the International Council for Coaching Excellence and offers the ICCE Coach Developer qualification with an augmented program of research, special topics and Japanese cultural experiences.

Applications for cohort 4, with residential weeks to take place 10-15 September 2017 and 16-23 February 2018, will be open until 5th May 2017. Details at https://cdacademy3.wixsite.com/ncda

Royal Belgian Football Association plays host to a successful second partner meeting for iCoachKids

iCoachKids expert researchers, coach developers and practitioners from Leeds Beckett University, the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE), Netherlands Olympic Committee (NOC*NSF), the Hungarian Coaching Association, Sport Ireland, Lithuanian Sports University, Universidad Europea de Madrid and the Royal Belgian Football Association, travelled to Brussels this week for a successful second partner meeting of the project.

Leeds Beckett University and the International Council for Coaching Excellence lead this Erasmus+ funded project – entitled ‘iCoachKids: Innovative Education & Training for a Specialist Children & Youth Coaching Workforce’ - to prioritise and facilitate the education and recognition of children’s coaches across Europe

Leeds Beckett University updated the group on progress surrounding the Workforce Report and interviews that have taken place with each country within the partnership.

iCoachKids Project Manager, Sergio Lara-Bercial, proposed a number of Best Practice example to be included on the website to help share and create communities of practice.

All partners presented their work on literature reviews conducted in their countries so far, which will inform a European Coaching Children Curriculum, tackling the training gap in children’s coaching across Europe.

The group discussed the successful launch of the iCoachKids online platform, and ways in which it can be continually improved to best fit the needs of coaches and users.

The project group plan to meet again in Budapest towards the end of 2017 to further review progress of the project and to host the first iCoachKids conference.

For more information on project iCoachKids please visit the website at www.icoachkids.eu or contact Sergio Lara-Bercial on s.lara-bercial@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Plenary meeting: Supporting the test phase of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for Sport and Active Leisure, 23 & 24 March 2017, Berlin

On 23 and 24 March 2017, a meeting took place in Berlin regarding "Supporting the test phase of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for Sport and Active Leisure".  The event was attended by 51 people from 23 European countries.

The ICCE and ECC was represented at the meeting by José Curado (Portugal), Juan Maria Gavalda (Spain) and Michal Barda (Czech Republic).

José Curado made a presentation about the ICCE and ECC and the need to enhance the voice of the coach at all levels of decision.

Sport Summit Aarhus 2017, 12-14 September

2017 marks Aarhus as European Capital of Culture. In conjunction with Aarhus University and ENSE we are celebrating this milestone bringing Universities, institutions and organizations involved in Physical Education, Sport Science and leisure sports together. It is with great pleasure to invite you to this international conference where state of the art information, research, physical education and projects on national and international levels are presented.

Please register for the conference here 


Pat Duffy Carnegie Coaching Festival - 22nd March 2017, Leeds

Join us on 22nd March at Leeds Beckett University to celebrate the remarkable contribution Professor Pat Duffy made to sports coaching. Pat was recognised internationally for his tireless efforts to highlight the role and value of coaching in wider society. Pat was instrumental in foregrounding participant and performer needs in building coaching systems that provide inclusive, lifelong opportunities for participation in sport and physical activity at all levels.

Find out more and register here.  Tickets are free of charge, and are limited to availability.

The agenda is as follows:

17:00 Arrival and Buffet

17:25 Introductions Professor Jeanne Keay. Pro Vice Chancellor, Leeds Beckett University.

17:30 Remembering Professor Pat Duffy; Coaching Visionary A personal reflection on Professor Pat Duffy's vision for and impact on the world of coaching.- Baroness Sue Campbell

18:00 Coaching children - An examination of changes in our understanding of children's coaching through an examination of practice and research in this domain Sergio Lara-Bercial : Senior Research Fellow,LBU & Pete Sturgess, Football Association's Lead National Coach for the Foundation Phase

18:30 Player development systems :Learning from good practice - Dr Julian North, LBU

19:00 Break

19:15 Coaching diversity, equity and inclusion : Working towards inclusion: How has coaching responded to this challenge?: Dr Hayley Fitzgerald, Reader in Disability and Youth Sport,LBU

19:45 Coach learning and professional development :Learning on the job: supporting experienced talent development, Olympic and Paralympic coaches to explore their practice from multiple perspectives and develop new insights.- Bob Muir, Senior Lecturer and course leader for the MSc Sport Coaching LBU, Andrew Gillott, Performance PAthway Coaching Lead for the English Institute of Sport/UK Sport and a consultant coach developer & Dave Mellor, Coaching Development Manager for the Royal Yachting Association & British Sailing Team

20:15 Professionalising coaching:Professionalising Coaching through the development of the FA Youth Coach Developer workforce. A view on a policy to practice and research to support practice approach to professionalisation- Dr Andy Abraham, Head of Subject for Sport Coaching, LBU & Martin Diggle, Elite Youth Coach Development Lead, The Football Association

20:45 Close

ICCE signs Memorandum of Understanding with International Triathlon Union

The ICCE met recently with the ITU to sign a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the use of the ICCE Quality in Coaching materials by ITU and its members.

Ladislav Petrovic, ICCE Secretary General and Adrian Buergi, ICCE Vice President of Strategy and Development met with Zita Csovelyak, ITU Senior Manager and Gergely Markus, ITU Sport Director for the signing of the MoU on 3rd March 2017, and to discuss further co-operation between the two organisations.

Coaching Council

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