Research Centre for Sport Coaching

Promoting and advancing effective and ethical sport coaching.

We promote the ‘voice’ of coaches, coach developers/educators, practitioners, performance and coaching managers, policy makers, academics, and athletes/participants.

The Research Centre for Sport Coaching is a focal point for the discussion, advocacy, and development of:

  • Effective and ethical sport coaching practice to improve participant and performer development experiences and outcomes
  • Coach learning, development, and education
  • Coaching policy and systems

We want coaching stakeholders, whether novice or expert, and regardless of their workplace, to tell their story and to engage in effective dialogue, to make coaching better.

WHAT WE DO

We provide an inclusive environment, whilst focusing on identifying and addressing those issues that hinder joint working and inclusivity. In addition to the three core themes identified above, the following issues have emerged in early conversations:

  • There are over 1 million individuals in the UK who identify as a coach. We want to understand why many of our coaches, and indeed, others such as coaching academics, feel isolated
  • We want to understand the breadth or narrowness of the coaching role, how it links to other sporting guidance and support roles
  • We want to understand and improve how coaches and practitioners can work together notably in the performance environment, to provide an ‘applied sport science for coaches’
  • We want to understand why some groups experience challenges in accessing, remaining in, or progressing within coaching
  • We want to understand the demands of the labour market, the rights and responsibilities of those involved, and the role that education/professional development plays in preparing people for and supporting people in coaching

we provide

  • Opportunities to share good practice
  • Facilitated joint working
  • Applied action research
  • National and international events
  • Research and evaluation
  • Development opporunities

We want to think of old problems in new ways through embracing a diversity of perspectives. We want to ask difficult questions, but facilitate, as well as lead in, the development of answers. We want difficult conversations, but in a respectful way that embraces difference.

If you are interested in joining the conversation email: centreforsportcoaching@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

partners

  • Union of European Football Associations
  • International Council for Coaching Excellence
  • English Football Association
  • UK Sport
  • Sport England
  • Sports Coach UK
  • Sport Wales
  • British Athletics
  • European Coaching Council
  • English Rugby Football Union
  • Rugby Football League
  • British Cycling
  • The Royal British Legion (Battle Back centre at Lilleshall)
  • BUPA Start to Move
  • Adventures Beyond Barriers
  • Carnegie Great Outdoors
  • Bradford SILC
  • Become Charity (formerly the Who cares? Trust)
  • Active Leeds
  • Leeds Rhinos RLFC
  • Yorkshire Carnegie RUFC
  • natural England
  • Active Leeds
  • Cheshire Wildlife Trust
  • South Penine Local Nature
  • England and Wales Cricket Board
  • Project CoachLearn
  • International Council for Sporting Excellence
  • Your Backyard

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join the conversation

We want to think of old problems in new ways through embracing a diversity of perspectives. We want to ask difficult questions, but facilitate, as well as lead in, the development of answers. We want difficult conversations, but in a respectful way that embraces difference.