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European Sport Coaching Framework PDF

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    Exciting things are happening in coaching. Coaches today are playing a more significant role in all of society, not just in elite sport. The European Sport Coaching Framework is intended to further advance and strengthen the recent progress in coach development in the context of the newly established broader perspective on education in Europe. This adaptation of its global predecessor, the International Sport Coaching Framework, was created to enhance sport coaches’ learning, mobility and employability across the European Union through the provision of a shared reference point and language. The European Sport Coaching Framework was developed from October 2014 through June 2017 as part of the CoachLearn project, which is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

    International Sport Coaching Framework

    Version 1.2


    Introduction A Step Forward for Coaching

    Chapter 1 Coaching Today

    Ever-Higher Expectations

    An Athlete-Centred Orientation

    A Stronger Development Network

    Chapter 2 Coaching Framework Foundations

    Global Relevance

    Practical and Flexible Applications

    Chapter 3 Coaching in Context

    Sport-Specific Emphasis

    Volunteer or Paid Status

    Primary Functions

    Key Responsibilities

    Chapter 4 Coaching Focus


    Sport Participation

    Athlete Development

    Contextual Fit

    Chapter 5 Coaching Roles

    Role Requirements

    Staff Assignments and Synergy

    Chapter 6 Coaching Knowledge and Competence

    Knowledge Areas

    Professional Knowledge

    Interpersonal Knowledge

    Intrapersonal Knowledge


    Functional Competence

    Task-Related Competence

    Chapter 7 Coaching Objectives

    Developing the Whole Athlete

    Teaching Lifelong Lessons

    Chapter 8 Coach Development

    Long-Term Process

    Educational Curriculum

    Experiential Learning and Mentorship

    Delivery by Coach Developers

    Chapter 9 Coach Certification and Recognition

    Educational Requirements

    Qualifying Standards

    Awards and Designations

    Chapter 10 Coaching Framework Applications

    Create High-Quality Coach Education and Development Programmes

    Evaluate and Improve Existing Programmes

    Define Areas for Research and Evaluation

    Consider and Make Political Decisions

    Stimulate Global Exchange

    Promote Further Refinement


    About the Authors

    The International Sport Coaching Framework is a joint endeavour led by the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) and the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), supported by Leeds Beckett University (LBU) through project administration, technical advice and research. Editors of the publication are Mark Harrington, development manager of the International Rugby Board and chair of the Development and Education Group of ASOIF; Sergio Lara-Bercial, senior research fellow at LBU and ICCE technical officer; and the late Patrick Duffy, professor of sport coaching at LBU and vice president of ICCE.

    International Council for Coaching Excellence

    Formerly the International Council for Coach Education, the ICCE was established in September 1997 as a not-for-profit international organisation with the aim of promoting coaching as an internationally accepted profession. ICCE members seek to enhance the quality of coaching at every level of sport.

    More specifically, the ICCE’s mission is to lead and support the global development of coaching as a blended profession and to enhance the quality of coaching at every level in sport, guided by the needs of members, federations, nations and key partners.

    The ICCE’s strategic objectives are to fortify its organisational infrastructure, develop an international sport coaching framework, build a community of coaches globally and strengthen the position of coaching as a profession. ICCE partners and markets include national representative bodies responsible for coach development, international federations, institutions that deliver coach education or represent coaches, individuals who design and deliver coach education, coaches and the international sport community at large. Visit the website at

    Association of Summer Olympic International Federations

    On May 30, 1983, the 21 international federations governing the sports of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games decided to form the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations. This alliance sought to address the issues of common interest in the Summer Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement and any other matter deemed necessary by the international federations.

    More formally, ASOIF’s mission today is to unite, promote and support the international summer Olympic federations and to preserve their autonomy while coordinating their common interests and goals.

    The international federations have the responsibility to manage and monitor the daily functioning of the world’s various sport disciplines, including the practical organisation of events during the Games and the supervision of the development of athletes practising these sports at every level. Each international federation governs its sport throughout the world and ensures its promotion and development. ASOIF’s members now total 28. Visit the website at

    Leeds Beckett University

    Through its Carnegie Faculty, LBU has a long tradition in the professional preparation of graduates in physical education, sport science, sport development, physical activity and sport coaching. Through its Research Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure, the university plays an active role in research and enterprise in the UK and internationally. Since 2011, LBU has become the home of ICCE, and the Global Coaching Office is now housed in Headingley Carnegie Stadium. Visit the website at

    "[T]he establishment of the European Sport Coaching Framework contributes to the education, mobility and employability of coaches."

    —Yves Le Lostecque Head of the Sport Unit in the European Commission; Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture