Project Coordinator: Leeds Beckett University

Leeds Beckett University is a higher education institution that provides access to education for a wide range of learners, promoting cultural awareness and diversity through our curriculum. Our University is located on two main campuses; one in Leeds city centre and one in Headingley, Leeds and offers a range of undergraduate and post-graduate courses across four faculties – the Faculty of Arts, Environment & Technology, Faculty of Business & Law, Carnegie Faculty, and the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences. Leeds Beckett has almost 30,000 students, 3,000 staff and 300,000 associate students through our network of 24 partner colleges. Leeds Beckett provides a wide range of predominantly vocationally oriented higher education programmes to a body of students drawn from the UK, Europe and many other countries world-wide. It provides diverse undergraduate and postgraduate professional qualifying award programmes in cooperation with national statutory professional bodies and employers.


The Carnegie Physical Training College was founded in 1933. Now known as the Carnegie Faculty of Leeds Beckett, it has built a strong tradition in the development of coaches; physical education teachers; sport scientists; sport development and physical activity professionals over the last 80 years. The Carnegie Faculty aims to place students at the heart of every activity it undertakes, and its academic expertise is highly valued by employers, professional bodies and other stakeholders. We strongly emphasise the benefits of students learning in work-based environments and almost all of our undergraduate courses include placements. In addition, the Carnegie Faculty provides a range of postgraduate opportunities aimed at enhancing students’ personal and professional development. This has included the development of a variety of sport-related MSc courses as well as a very vibrant PhD studies programme including PhD studies solely dedicated to sport coaching. Likewise, we have created powerful links with over 20 National Governing Bodies of Sport in the development and delivery of their coach education programmes. The Carnegie Faculty is also renowned for its world-leading research in sports-related studies, which includes sports science, tourism, leisure studies and events management. In addition to this, we offer a number of professional awards, developed in partnership with governing bodies and industry experts.


International Council for Coaching Excellence

The International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) is a not-for-profit, international organisation with the mission of leading and supporting the development of sport coaching globally. The target audiences for the ICCE are 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.

The ICCE aims to:

  1. Promote sport coaching as a blended professional area.
  2. Foster international relationships, social and cultural, with those who are engaged in coaching education.
  3. Champion sport and sport-values.
  4. Develop and utilize research in the field of training and competition.
  5. Exchange knowledge in the field of coaching.
  6. Disseminate information about curricula, qualifying standards, and any other relevant topics amongst members.
  7. Co-ordinate coach education courses and resources across member countries.
  8. Promote a moral code in coaching.
  9. Improve relationships among Coach – Management – Athlete.
  10. Create professional publications in the field of coaching education and development
  11. Encourage and assist countries, in the field of coach education and development

The ICCE is uniquely qualified to address its mission because its members comprise the world’s leaders in coaching development. Its members are spread across all continents and generally all countries strong in sport have their representation in the organisation. The ICCE has established a central Global Coaching Office at Leeds Beckett University in 2011 which is now the hub of its global and European activities.

Sport Ireland Coaching

Sport Ireland, the Statutory Agency for sport in Ireland was established on the 1st October 2015 and brings together the Irish Sports Council (ISC), National Sports Campus Development Authority (NSCDA) and the Irish Institute of Sport and Coaching Ireland into one new, streamlined and dynamic body to drive the future of Irish sport. The new agency retains the broad functions of the existing agencies while significantly strengthening the area of anti-doping, the protection of children and coaching.


Sport Ireland Coaching (based in Limerick), a unit of Sport Ireland, has the lead role in the development of coaching in Ireland on an all island basis. The role includes highlighting the importance of quality coaching in developing our athletes and providing opportunities for participants.


The main objectives of Sport Ireland Coaching are:

  • Raise the standard, status and profile of coaching in Ireland to provide performers and participants with the best quality coaching through their involvement in sport
  • Lead the development of coaching in Ireland through the implementation of a quality coach and tutor education and support programme
  • Work in partnership with NGBs and the wider sporting sector on an all island basis.

 Sport Ireland Coaching has consistently supported the development of policies and educational resources to improve the experience of children in sport and physical activity. More specifically, Coaching Ireland was the first national organisation in Europe to focus on long-term athlete development as a policy for the enhancement of both performance and participation sport. The result of this was the development of the Lifelong Involvement in Sport and Physical Activity Framework (2006) which has since guided all developments in this field in Ireland. More recently, Sport Ireland Coaching has commissioned the development of a series of 4 specialist workshops dedicated to the professional development of coaches of children. Our commitment to youth sport is unwavering.

Netherlands Olympic Committee * Netherlands Sports Confederation

NOC*NSF is an umbrella organisation, representing the interests of its members and also acts as the political interlocutor of the Ministry of Health, Welfare an Sport. The NOC*NSF unites more than 4,5 million athletes who are organised into associations. More than 75 sport federations, together representing 25.000 clubs, are affiliated to it. NOC*NSF distributes a sum of approximately EUR 45 million each year. This money comes from the revenue generated by LOTTO, which is involved in organising games of chance. An important program of NOC*NSF is developing educational programs for coaches, referees and board members. Not only for elite sports but emphatically on sports participation. Youth Sport in a positive climate including also safeguarding youth Sport, are main topics in these programs.


For Dutch organized sport, the Sport Agenda is one of the guiding document for how sport can turn the Netherlands into a true sporting nation. The 2017+ Sport Agenda is the fifth national strategic sport policy plan. The Sport Agenda covers 3 main ambitions: 1. Increase Sports Participation 2. Become one of best top 10 elite sports countries in the world 3. Create strong sports federations and generate more funding.

The National Treaty (2018) unites also others, as education partners and local government, in realizing a better sports culture in the Netherlands. One of the ambitions within the treaty is a positive sport climate, which can only be realized as our sport trainers and coaches have more pedagogical competences.


Within coaching education and – research NOC*NSF closely collaborates with Windesheim University of applied sciences (Zwolle), research group ‘Sport Pedagogy, especially towards a safe sport climate’. They are specialised in youth sport.

Universidad Europea de Madrid

Universidad Europea de Madrid is a Spanish private university born in 1995. It has 4 schools (Health Sciences, Sports Sciences, Social Sciences and Architecture, Engineering and Design). With more than 15.000 students is one of the bigger private universities in Spain. Its mission is to provide students with an integrated education which allows them to develop into the leaders of the future who will solve the key issues and challenges in current society. The university does this through a full programme of applied research and development which places it at the avantguard of intellectual and technical development.


Research Team is made of researchers form the school of Sports Sciences and the school of architecture, engineering and design. The first one is one of the most prestigious sport schools in Spain with around 2.500 students and the second one is well known because of its innovative project based learning model. Universidad Europea Madrid is also world-renown for its collaboration with Real Madrid FC which has given origin to the Real Madrid University School which delivers a series of sport-themed Master’s degrees attracting students from all over the world.

Royal Belgian Football Association

The Belgian Football association is responsible for the organisation of all the Belgian football activities and more particularly also for the education of the Belgian football coaches. We have about 400000 members In that context, we can play an important role in that project. Our main task is to educate “the best” coaches for youth players: tailor-made coaches, which means that the coach’s profile must be adapted to the audience of children with an appropriated approach. We really want to create specialized coaches for every category of children: educate coaches for the very youngest children (U6-U7 for example) and develop different profiles of coaches for the (lower) grassroots level and the (higher) elite level. Every child has the right to have a qualified coach, adapted to the level of the child.


It’s one of our strategic goals to have a qualified coach for each football team. The challenge is to let all children play football at their own level. The joy of playing and a professional training need to go hand in hand, clubs need a good structure and qualified coaches


The great success of the reform of youth football Revolution is here in youth football with Festifoot, where our U6 play 2 on 2 in mixed teams. The RBFA has two main goals with Festifoot: youngsters touching the ball more often and a bigger social impact for football.


The RBFA also reformed the youth competitions in 2014: the youngest play in this new game format (2v2). The clubs are guided with demonstration trainings and technical education. Besides this reform, clubs have organized Winterfutsal, so that young players can still enjoy the game during winter break.

FIBA Europe

FIBA Europe is a Zone created under the General Statutes of Fédération Internationale de Basketball (FIBA). FIBA Europe is organised as a registered Association. Its seat is in Munich, Germany. FIBA Europe consists of 50 national member federations and is designated as the sole competent authority authorised and delegated by FIBA for promoting, supervising, and directing all men’s and women’s basketball activities within the European Zone.


FIBA Europe fulfils this purpose in particular to promote the practice of basketball in the territory under its jurisdiction. For example by educating and training players, referees and coaches, support of teams at youth competitions, support for basketball for disabled people and to control the organisation of international competitions in Europe, both for national teams and club teams, in a permanent, regular manner and in strict compliance with the FIBA Official Basketball Rules. FIBA Europe shall pursue the above purposes solely and directly in a not-for-profit manner. The International Federation shall not act for its own gains and shall not primarily pursue economic goals of its own.


FIBA Europe’s Coaching Department is responsible for the development of coaching across Europe while working in partnership with the 50 national federations and other partners. This is delivered through specific training programs such as the FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate (FECC), the designated coaching website, and support for coaching clinics and mentorship programs. The FIBA Coaching Manual that was introduced recently covers all aspects of basketball coaching from mini-basketball (6-11 years old) to senior level.

Hungarian Coaching Association

The Hungarian Coaching Association (HCA) was established in 1993 as a national multisport professional representation organisation for coaches in Hungary. The main goal of HCA is to provide professional, technical, educational, legal and infrastructural services for their members, to represent its membership in a social dialogue and issues of all kinds. HCA advises the government regarding all areas related to coaching, coach education and continuing professional development of coaches. Its magazine Magyar Edző (Hungarian Coach) has been published four times a year as a forum for the latest development and research in coaching and coach education.


HCA coordinates national continuous professional development education programs for talent development, youth and high performance coaches in coordination with the Hungarian government and Hungarian Olympic Committee. HCA is responsible for the design and delivery of these workshops and events. HCA also runs a regular national conference series for coaches and a bi-annual Congress.


The Code of Ethics in for coaching in Hungary has been initiated by HCA with a strong emphasis on child protection, integrity issues and wellbeing of young athletes. HCA works closely with all national sport organisations, federations and institutions. HCA has been an active member of the International Council for Coaching Excellence since 2004 and participates regularly the in international programmes, projects and events.

Deutsche Sportjugend (DOSB)

German Sports Youth (Deutsche Sportjugend – dsj, DOSB) represents the interests of around 10 million children, adolescents and young people aged up to 26, organised in over 90,000 sports clubs in 16 youth organisations belonging to the local Regional Sports Confederations, 53 youth organisations belonging to the National Sports Federations and 10 youth organisations belonging to Sport Federations with Particular Tasks.


The sports clubs and youth organisations for sport, under the umbrella of German Sports Youth, offer facilities based on sport across the whole of Germany. Their aim is to encourage young people in their personal development. Designed in an international context, German Sports Youth organises and promotes youth movements and qualification courses for young people and professionals, and works to establish exchange programmes, and to develop them further. Prevention of Sexualised Violence in Sport is an explicitly identified strand of the organisation’s work.