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iCoachKids is Coming to America!

The United States Center for Coaching Excellence becomes the latest international organisation to sign up as an official project supporter.

iCoachKids is going stateside. Like so many European citizens in years gone by, iCK makes the transoceanic journey to the US full of hope and excitement. Now, unlike most of the early settlers or the millions that crossed the Atlantic in the late 1800s, iCK has the perfect host and partner in virtue in the shape of the United States Center for Coaching Excellence (USCCE).

The USCCE was launched in 2016 and it brings to together a large number of organisations and institutions which have worked tirelessly over the last three decades to build and support quality sport experiences through quality sport leadership. Founded with the support of the US Olympic Committee, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, National Federation of State High School Associations, SHAPE America and the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the USCCE brings together coaching education leaders from national sports governing bodies, multi-sport organizations, for profit and non-profit programs, as well as colleges and universities to share strategies, network and enrich sport.

This is a very significant step for iCoachKids in expanding its reach and impact. Project Director Dr. Sergio Lara-Bercial from Leeds Beckett University commented: “We have said all along that the final aim of iCoachKids was to create a global movement fully dedicated to supporting all those amazing people that stand in front of a bunch of kids everyday to provide engaging and meaningful experiences that will build a lifelong relationship with sport and physical activity. It doesn’t get better than the USCCE to help us build the movement. Their membership, experience and total commitment to the cause is going to accelerate iCoachKids development ten-fold”

Youth sport in the US is at a cross-roads with thousands of kids dropping out every year. USCCE President, Dr. Kristen Dieffenbach, Associate Professor at West Virginia University, spoke about the role iCoachKids will play in supporting coaches and organisations better recruit and retain children in sport: Coaching matters - coaches matters and in youth sports the vast majority are volunteers who want to give kids the best experience they can.  ICoachKids proves a fantastic resource that goes beyond content to provide coaches with real, research backed, practical skills and knowledge to help coaches enhance the development of children through sport.  The USCCE is excited to support iCoachKids and to work together towards this important common goal.

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.