iCoachKids: Innovative Education & Training for a Specialist Children & Youth Coaching Workforce.

Free Massive Open Online Courses for Coaches of Children

iCoachKids centre-piece is the development of a series of three Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs to support and guarantee access to high quality coach education to all coaches around the EU and beyond.

The contents of the MOOCs will be based on the European Coaching Children Curriculum (ECCC) also developed as an output of iCK.

The MOOCs are intended as an accessible yet comprehensive resource for coaches and coach developers. Due to the Open Licence, coaches will be able to sign up for the MOOCs individually or as part of a course edition run by the specific organisation they are part of.

Coach education institutes, universities, federations and clubs will be encouraged to use the MOOCs in full or partially as part of their coach development offer.

Coaches and coach developers will also be able to freely access the MOOC Student Learning Guides to use them as they see fit.

The first MOOC is projected for the summer of 2018 with the last two following in 2019.

At the recent working group meeting in Budapest (November 2017) it was agreed that the MOOCs will be aimed at beginner and intermediate youth coaches, yet we 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 the 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

If you have any suggestions or comments about the MOOCs please contact project leader Sergio Lara-Bercial s.lara-bercial@leedsbeckett.ac.uk