The second partner meeting of Erasmus+ funded project CoachForce21 took place in Budapest in July, attended by partners from Trainerakademie Köln (Germany), Czech Olympic Committee, Hungarian Coaching Association, Polish Sport Institute, Coaching Portugal, SAVAL (Professional Coaches Association of Finland) and POPA (Hellenic Federation of Sport Coaches and Trainers).
The consortium discussed the first output of the project – the Coaching Landscape Baseline Report, and co-operation with the Policy, Evidence and Knowledge in Coaching (PEAK) project and EU Sport Unit in conducting the interviews and analysing results. The group also deliberated over the best approach in mapping European Coaches’ Associations and how case study examples should be collected. Finally, there was a discussion on what a European Coaching Council Position Statement on the Professionalisation of Coaching should look like.
CoachForce21 will build on the work of previous projects such as CoachLearn, which have led to significant changes to coach education and coaching policy across Europe to recognise sport coaching as a profession. It will also provide the tools for the development of a stronger network of Coaches Associations to help “the voice of the coach” be heard louder and clearer in the Social Dialogue in Europe.
Project Director Sergio Lara-Bercial said:
“This meeting really provided the consortium with the required time to analyse the great outputs achieved so far and plan for the future. CoachForce21 is dealing with really key issues for sport coaching in the EU and it will make a big difference across the continent.”
Project CoachForce21 is co-funded by an Erasmus+ Sport grant and brings together nine organisations from across the European Union to conduct research and develop practical tools to promote and facilitate the recognition of coaching as a profession.