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

The iCoachKids Pledge Gets a Great Reception at 1st UK Coaching Conference

The conference, organised by UK Coaching, brought together the home nations coaching family under the theme of “Coaching the Next Generation”.

UK Coaching, the national coaching agency for the United Kingdom organised the first UK Coaching Conference during the 26th and 27th of June 2018. Coaches and coach developers from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and beyond descended upon the beautiful Scottish capital of Edinburgh to share and learn about the latest development in coaching and coach development.

“Coaching the Next Generation” was the chosen theme for the first edition of this major event signalling the need to ensure that coaches are fully prepared to bring the next generation of children into sport and keep them there. Against this background, the Erasmus+ co-funded project iCoachKids which is developing FREE online courses and resources for children and youth coaches was a perfect fit for the conference.

Project Director Dr Sergio Lara-Bercial ran a series of workshops introducing the philosophy and background behind iCoachKids. Sergio took conference participants through The iCoachKids Pledge, a set of evidence-based 10 Golden Rules to foster positive experiences for children in sport. He said:

“We are so grateful to UK Coaching for the chance to present iCoachKids to so many potential end users. Coaches, coach developers and NGBs have all received the project with open arms and that’s so exciting and encouraging”

Sergio also offered a sneak-preview of the first of three iCK Massive Open Online Courses “Developing Effective Environments for Children in Sport” which will be launched during the 2nd iCK Conference organised by the International Council for Coaching Excellence at Leeds Beckett University in England on 5th and 6th September.  

The project got a fantastic reception from the audience. Mark Samuels, a Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University said on Twitter: “Fantastic conference session around the @iCoachKidsEU project. All resources are free and open access for any and all coaches!”. Margarita Sweeney-Baird, founder of Inclusive Skating also enjoyed the workshop: “The iCoachKids Pledge at UK Coaching Conference. Great session!”. iCoachKids also impressed at the policy-making level. Sion Kitson from Sport England said: “Fascinating listening about the iCoachKids principles around youth sport and creating positives experiences for children”.

For more information on iCoachKids please go to www.icoachkids.eu

To sign up for the 2nd iCoachkids please email k.livingstone@icce.ws The conference is only £20 as it aims to attract volunteer coaches from across the UK and all of Europe.

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.