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Enhancing coach learning, employability and mobility in the EU

The Challenge

In the context of the current education and workforce landscape in the EU, and taking into account the challenges presented by the multiple ways in which coaches are trained across Europe and their need to be able to work across different member states, CoachLearn aimed to create a continentally accepted reference point, the European Sport Coaching Framework (ESCF), and a common language to enhance the learning, mobility and employability of coaches in the EU.

The Research

Over a three-year period, a working group led by Leeds Beckett University and comprising of six organisations representing different types of coaching stakeholders, conducted various research projects to gather evidence to inform the development of the ESCF. These included a substantial review of existing education and employment frameworks in the EU, and two multinational studies looking at current practices in relation to workforce planning and development, and the use of recognised prior learning systems in coaching in the EU. During the last year of the project, this evidence was used to write the ESCF and to develop a series of six development tools to facilitate its adoption and implementation.

The Impact

The ESCF was presented at the CoachLearn Closing Conference in May 2017. Representatives from a large number of EU member states attended the launch. The framework and its development tools will now be used by governments, federations, and educational institutions to evaluate and develop their coaching systems. The ESCF is endorsed by the Sport Unit of the European Commission and it has been adopted as a key reference document for the work of its Human Resources Expert Group.