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

iCoachKids and European Weightlifting Federation co-operating towards improving the health, wellbeing and participation of children and young people in sport and physical activity

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between iCoachKids and the European Weightlifting Federation (EWF).  iCK and the EWF have very close related objectives to improve the health, wellbeing and participation of children and young people in sport and physical activity services.

iCK aims to create a common space for coaches from across the European Union as well as providing a series of open source materials and courses easily accessible to all. The EWF has a primary focus on the education of coaches and the continuous development of children and young people in a safe and structured pathway. A strong alliance between iCK and EWF will promote sharing of knowledge, create new networks and allow for the joint development of international resources and materials that promote shared objectives.

iCK project leader Sergio Lara-Bercial says:

“It is a real honour that EWF have signed this cooperation agreement with iCoachKids. Their expertise, track record and commitment to providing positive experiences for children in sport are invaluable for us. A terrific addition to the family!”

EWF President Antonio Urso says:

“Coaches play a central role in the development and participation of children in sport. The European Weightlifting Federation welcomes and fully supports this multi-agency project aimed at the development of a specialist children and youth coaching workforce across the EU and Europe. We look forward to learning, sharing and working with all partners within the icoachKids program”

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.