Partner Up! Sport England Joins the iCoachKids Family
The English national agency for the promotion of sport and physical activity has signed a cooperation agreement with the Erasmus+ co-funded project to provide free online education to children and youth sport coaches.
Stuart Armstrong, Head of Coaching for Sport England presenting at the 2nd iCoachKids International Conference in September 2018
The status of iCoachKids as a global movement has taken a very significant step forward with the signing of a cooperation agreement with Sport England, the English national agency for sport whose vision is that everyone in England feels able to take part in sport or activity, regardless of age, background or ability. Against this backdrop, the education and development of coaches has long been a top priority for Sport England. It is estimated that grassroots sport make up to 80% of the coaching population in the country. The iCoachKids educational programme therefore helps meet the growing demand for specialist learning opportunities aimed at this very specific group. This is even more important taking into account research showing that the quality of the early experiences of sport is a major determinant for future engagement.
Stuart Armstrong, Head of Coaching for Sport England, was clear about the significance of this new partnership: “Sport England are delighted to collaborate with iCoachKids. The programme’s philosophy is fully aligned with our vision for coaching children and youth sport and the resources they have developed will prove invaluable in supporting the continuous development of grassroots coaches all across England”
iCoachKids Director, Dr Sergio Lara-Bercial, also welcomed the signing of the agreement: “The work Stuart and his team are doing at Sport England is a leading light in world sport with regards to new ideas around the role and education of sport coaches. We are delighted that iCoachKids can support Sport England achieve their objective of increasing the quality sport experience for all children and young people leading to lifelong involvement”
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.