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


iCoachKids and Special Olympics announce partnership to improve coaching and sports for people with intellectual disabilities
Monday, 04 November 2019

iCoachKids, a project to provide innovative learning and development opportunities for those coaching children and young people, today announced a partnership with Special Olympics, the global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power of inclusion through sportleadership developmenthealthschool engagement and youth leadership.

iCoachKids proves a smash with the Rugby Football League in England
Thursday, 18 July 2019

The global movement for better youth sport signs a cooperation agreement with one of the most progressive English governing bodies of sport.

iCoachKids Scores a Three-Pointer with the German Basketball Federation
Saturday, 13 July 2019

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed making Deutscher Basketball Bund the first National Federation in Germany to take the iCoachKids Pledge

The 3rd iCoachKids International Conference Breaks All Records in Ireland
Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Over 330 coaches from 25 countries gathered at the University of Limerick last weekend for the highlight of the iCoachKids year. Over 30 different keynotes, workshops and presentations explored this year’s main theme: Child-Centred Coaching.

UEFA signs up to the iCoachKids Pledge at their Grassroots Conference 2019.
Tuesday, 18 June 2019

The European governing body for football adopts this child-centred vision for sport created by Leeds Beckett Researchers to support grassroots football coaches across 55 countries.

iCoachKids is Coming to America!
Tuesday, 22 January 2019

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).

iCoachKids and FIBA’s International Basketball Foundation strengthening Mini Basketball throughout Asia
Thursday, 20 December 2018

The FIBA Asia Mini Basketball Convention took place from 14 to 15 December in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It gathered over 750 children and 97 delegates and coaches from 22 countries.

iCoachKids Makes An Impact On The Beautiful Game
Friday, 07 December 2018

The FREE E-learning programme for children and youth coaches was presented at the International Sport Convention Geneva 2018 in the conference dedicated to Football and E-learning

The First iCoachKids FREE E-Learning Course is NOW AVAILABLE
Wednesday, 05 December 2018

The wait is over!! The first iCK FREE E-learning course "Developing Effective Environments for Children in Sport" is now fully available for coaches across the globe. No matter what your experience, qualifications, competitive level... If you want to make a difference to the kids you coach, this course if for you! Go on, join the iCK family now!

Final International Conference of the iCoachKids Project will be in Limerick 2019 - save the date!
Monday, 15 October 2018

Following the second successful international iCoachKids Conference which took place in Leeds, UK last month, we are delighted to announce that the next event will take place on 14-15 June 2019 in Limerick, Ireland.

Top Speakers Announced for 2nd iCoachKids International Conference in Leeds 5th and 6th September 2018
Monday, 02 July 2018

The first batch of speakers and sessions has been announced for the 2nd iCoachKids International Conference. Read More!

ICCE to host 2nd iCoachKids Conference in Leeds!
Monday, 18 June 2018

ICCE, in conjunction with Leeds Beckett University and Erasmus+ project iCoachKids will host the Pat Duffy Coaching Excellence Conference on 5th and 6th September 2018 in Leeds (UK). The conference will include the 2nd iCoachKids International Conference entitled “Developing Effective Environment for Children and Young People in Sport”.

A ‘Real’ White Christmas for iCoachKids in Madrid
Saturday, 30 December 2017

iCoachKids travelled to the Bernabeu for a meeting with representatives of project supporter Real Madrid Foundation to continue to strengthen the relationship with the football giants charitable arm.

The iCoachKids Gospel Reaches Holy Land
Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Invited by the Israel School Sport Association and the Ministry of Culture and Sport, Sergio Lara-Bercial of the International Council for Coaching Excellence and Leeds Beckett University, delivered two guest lectures at the V National Coaching Conference which this year focused on the topic of Working with Young Athletes. 

Add the Practical Summary of the iCoachKids Literature Review to your Christmas Reading List!
Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Winter is Coming! Keep warm with a great read by the fireplace! The iCK Team have created a Practical Summary of the comprehensive Coaching Children Literature Review and The iCK Pledge to provide clear and pragmatic advice to coaches on the ground. 

iCoachKids Releases The European Coaching Children Curriculum
Monday, 11 December 2017

The final version of the European Coaching Children Curriculum has just been released. It aims to support the development of a specialist youth sport coaching workforce across the European Union. Check it out here.

iCoachKids supports historic ‘1st Cooperation in Sport Seminar’ between the Chinese government and the European Commission in Shanghai.
Friday, 17 November 2017

The meeting took place within the framework of the 4th Round of the China-EU High-Level People to People Dialogue which, for the first time, included sport as a key topic. iCoachKids Project Leader Sergio Lara-Bercial travelled to Shanghai as part of the EU sport expert delegation invited by EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Mr Tibor Navracsics.

The 1st iCoachKids Conference in Budapest Raises the Bar for the Rest of the Project
Wednesday, 08 November 2017

A hundred coaches, coach developers and researchers from 15 different countries came together in Budapest for the 1st ever iCoachKids Conference. The conference showcased the work of the partnership over the last 12 months as well as including a series of keynotes and best practice case studies from across the European Union.

The iCoachKids FREE Massive Open Online Courses Start to Take Shape in Budapest
Wednesday, 08 November 2017

The Hungarian Coaching Association hosted the iCoachKids working group members in Budapest for the 3rd transnational partner meeting. On the table, the approval of the European Coaching Children Curriculum and the initial design of the three FREE online training courses to be developed over the next two years.

iCoachKids Maps the Coaching Children Workforce in 7 European Countries
Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Research conducted as part of Erasmus+ co-funded iCoachKids project offers a bleak picture of the education and working conditions of coaches of children across the European Union. The report reveals that a general lack of recognition of the children’s coach, regulation, education and development opportunities and reliable demographic data are making progress slow and difficult.

iCoachKids and Sport Northern Ireland collaborate to spread the project's message internationally
Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Sport Northern Ireland, the leading public body for the development of sport in Northern Ireland, and project iCoachKids have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate in the global promotion of this Erasmus+ project aiming to create a specialist children and youth sport coaching workforce across the European Union.

1st iCoachKids Conference – For the Kids and With the Kids
Tuesday, 10 October 2017

The first Conference of the iCoachKids project will take place on 3rd November 2017 in Budapest, Hungary. The event will aim to gather feedback from stakeholders informing the development of a European Coaching Children Curriculum.

All you ever wanted to know about coaching children, but were too afraid to ask…
Friday, 06 October 2017

iCoachKids has published the eagerly awaited Coaching Children Literature Review. The review is a central piece of iCK. It aims to provide the necessary evidence to aid the development of a European Coaching Children Curriculum (ECCC) to guide those developing training opportunities for coaches of children and young people in the European Union and beyond. The review has also provided the foundations for The iCoachKids Pledge

The Draft European Coaching Children Curriculum is Out for Consultation!
Tuesday, 03 October 2017

Calling All Youth Coaches and Coach Developers – iCoachKids has released the draft European Coaching Children Curriculum and we need your feedback towards the development of the complete and final version to be launched at the first iCoachKids Conference in Budapest 3rd November 2017. The European Coaching Children Curriculum (ECCC) aims to provide guidance for those developing coach education opportunities for children and youth sport coaches (download the ECCC here). It highlights the key functional areas and tasks of the children and youth coach (CYC), the relevant competences required to fulfil the role, and signposts coach developers to the most up-to-date knowledge basis and underpinning theories.

iCoachKids Goes East
Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Project iCoachKids are delighted to announce a new cooperation agreement with the National Youth Sport Institute (NYSI) of Singapore to drive the quality of youth sport experiences in the South-East Asian country.

iCoachKids Makes Waves at the European Sport Summit in Denmark
Thursday, 21 September 2017

The Erasmus+ co-funded project led by Leeds Beckett University and the ICCE developing FREE educational resources for youth coaches was presented in the Danish coastal city of Aarhus, European Capital of Culture 2017, during the activities of the European Sport Summit 2017.

The iCoachKids Pledge is Out!
Thursday, 31 August 2017

The iCoachKids Pledge: 10 Guidance Points to Create Positive Sport Experiences for Kids

Following an extensive literature review, the iCK expert group has agreed ‘The iCK Pledge’The Pledge provides 10 points of guidance for individuals and organisations wishing to create positive sport experiences for children.

ICCE to support India develop the coaches of the future
Wednesday, 19 July 2017

ICCE and representatives from India's Government met in London to follow up on the recommendations of the scoping study conducted in 2016. Coach developers and children’s coaches are the top priority.

Leeds Beckett and Real Madrid Foundation join forces to support the global dissemination of iCoachKids
Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Real Madrid Foundation, the charitable arm of the recently crowned winners of the UEFA Champions League, and iCoachKids project leader Leeds Beckett University have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate in the global promotion of this Erasmus+ project aiming to support children and youth sport coaches in Europe and beyond.

The iCoachKids Website Has Lift-Off!
Thursday, 09 February 2017
iCoachKids Gets Off the Blocks
Thursday, 29 September 2016