Dr Julian North and Dr Sergio Lara-Bercial have worked within sports administration, for example, the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE), UK Coaching, UK Sport, and the Australian Institute of Sport. Dr North was Head of Research at UK Coaching during the development of the influential UK Coaching Framework (working closely with Prof. Pat Duffy whose name we are proud to associate with our Centre).
Our policy work has both a practical and academic focus. We have worked with the ICCE and the European Coaching Council (ECC) to author/co-author the ICCE’s International Sport Coaching Framework, the International Coach Developer Framework, and the Standards for Higher Education Sport Coaching Bachelor Degrees. These frameworks and resources have be used to design coach development and education systems in Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, Portugal, and the USA. This work has also influenced developments at national and international federation level (i.e., World Sailing and IPGA).
We are currently working on a large scale European project CoachForce21 to explore the professionalisation of coaching across Europe. The outputs of CoachForce21 will provide relevant evidence to make informed decisions about professionalisation issues both at pan-European and national levels. Practical guidance and a menu of options that can be contextualised in different countries will foster the improvement of coaching systems across Europe and beyond.