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Dr Sergio Lara-Bercial


About Dr Sergio Lara-Bercial

Sergio is a Reader in Sport Coaching. A former Team GB coach Sergio has extensive international experience in the development and evaluation and coach education systems. He has also conducted research into High Performance Coaching and Positive Youth Development. Sergio is the director of the globally acclaimed iCoachKids project.

After a professional career as a basketball player in both Spain and England, Sergio coached high performance basketball for eight years in the English Women First Division and was a Team GB Coach for five years between 2005 and 2009, going to five European Championships. In 2008, he started working for UK Coaching consulting for governing bodies. There, he also led the development of the Coaching Children Strategy and the Coaching Children Curriculum.

Sergio moved to Leeds Beckett University to work within the International Council for Coaching Excellence office. Since joining LBU, Sergio has completed his PhD in Positive Youth Development and led a series of major international projects such as the development of the International and European Sport Coaching Frameworks, the highly acclaimed Serial Winning Coaches study, the development of the International Coaching Degree Standards and the iCoachKids project looking to revolutionise the way youth coaches are trained in the EU.

Sergio has, over the last decade, gained a reputation as an experts in coach education and development and youth sport. He is regularly invited as a keynote speaker and panellist all over the world including the USA, Brazil, Japan, China and Singapore, as well as all across Europe. He consults for the European Commission, UEFA, FIBA and Nike.

Current Teaching

Sergio teaches in the Participant Development and Curriculum Development modules of our Sport Coaching Undergraduate Degree and also contributes to the delivery of our MSc in Sport Coaching in the Understanding Expertise module. He also supervises master's and PhD students.

Research Interests

Sergio is particularly interested in the way coaches learn and has developed and evaluated multiple coach education programmes internationally. His research in this area, particularly through the publication of the ISCF and ESCF has impacted the way coach education is conducted across the world.

He has also interested in the process of high performance coaching. His research into Serial Winning Coaches with Professor Cliff Mallet from the University of Queensland (AUS) has influenced the selection and development of Olympic and professional coaches world-wide.

Sergio also has a passion for youth sport. Through the work conducted in his PhD and for Erasmus+ project iCoachKids, the way youth coaches are trained across the EU is starting to be modified to guarantee positive sport experience for children.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (13)

Books (2)

Briefings (1)

  • Lara-Bercial S; Duffy P (2013) The International Sport Coaching Framework - Implications for Children's Sport and their coaches.

Conference contributions (9)

  • Lara-Bercial S (2014) Kicking and Screaming - How to deliver sport programmes for children Durban, South Africa .
  • Lara-Bercial S; Mallet C (2014) Serial Winning Coaches: Implication for Talent Development Coaches Belfast, Northern Ireland 24/03/2014.
  • Lara-Bercial S; Duffy P; Harrington M (2014) The International Sport Coaching Framework v.1.2 Durban .
  • Lara-Bercial S; Mallet C (2014) Serial Winning Coaches: There Are No Accidents...!! Belfast 24/03/2014.
  • Lara-Bercial S; Bales J (2014) Core competencies in coaching to facilitate athlete development: The International Sport Coaching Framework Tokyo, Japan 01/03/2014.
  • Lara-Bercial S; Duffy P; McKenna J (2014) Really? Psychosocial outcomes of participation in youth sport - Methodological issues in the existing literature Leeds Metropolitan University 21/01/2014.
  • Lara-Bercial S; Mallet C (2013) The Mindset of Serial Winning Coaches Magglingen, Switzerland .
  • Lara-Bercial S; Mallett C (2013) Understanding Elite Level Coaching: Implications for Selection, Education, Management and Retention University of Northumbria 01/05/2012.
  • Lara-Bercial S (2011) Coaching the Whole Child - Beyond Sport and Towards People Universidad Europea de Madrid 17/05/2011.

Conference proceedings (7)

  • Lara-Bercial S; Duffy P; Ripoll S (2013) CHANGING THE GAME AND CHANGING LIVES - THE PHILIPPINES HIGH SCHOOL SPECIAL PROGRAMME IN SPORT: ORIGINS, EVALUATION, EVOLUTION AND FUTURE DIRECTION.. In: Global Coach Conference 2013 Durban . : , pp. .
  • Lara-Bercial S; Jimenez S; Lorenzo A (2013) ATHLETE TRAJECTORIES TOWARDS HIGH PERFORMANCE IN TEAM SPORTS: WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE, HOW IS IT APPLIED AND WHERE TO NEXT?. In: Global Coach Conference 2013 Durban . : , pp. .
  • Lara-Bercial S; Toole S (2013) CHILDREN'S COACHES AND COACH MANAGERS PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT NEEDS IN THE NORTHERN IRELAND CONTEXT. In: ICCE Global Coach Conference 2013 Durban . : , pp. .
  • Lara-Bercial S; Duffy P; Allison W; Rongen F; North J; Patterson L (2013) BENCHMARKING COACHING AND COACH DEVELOPMENT: USING PROGRAMME THEORIES TO EXAMINE AND EVOLVE CURRENT PRACTICE. In: ICCE Global Coach Conference 2013 Durban . : , pp. .
  • Lara-Bercial S; Mallet C (2013) Serial Winning Coaches: Looking for the philosopher's stone. In: ICCE Global Coach Conference 2013 Durban . : , pp. .
  • Lara-Bercial S; Duffy P (2013) Are the kids alright?. In: International Physical Literacy Conference 2013 Bedforshire University 21/05/2013 00:00:00. : , pp. .
  • Lara-Bercial S (2011) Coaching the Whole Child - Beyond Sport and Towards People: sports coach UK's Coaching Children Curriculum. In: International Physical Literacy Conference Putteridge Bury Campus 29/06/2011 00:00:00. : , pp. .

Lectures (1)

  • Lara-Bercial S (2011) Coaching Basketball for Holistic Development

Literature reviews (1)

  • Lara-Bercial S; Duffy P (2012) Coaching for Performance Programme Literature Review

Media (1)

Newspaper or magazine articles (1)

  • Lara-Bercial S; Duffy P (2013) A glimpse of the new International Sport Coaching Framework.

Open educational resources (3)

Other (3)

  • Lara-Bercial S; Ripoll S (2014) Coach Advancement Programme - Philippines Academy of Sport
  • Lara-Bercial S (2013) Coaching multiskills in Sport Award.
  • Lara-Bercial S; Crisfield P (2013) Coaching Children Introductory Award

Reports (6)

  • North J; Lara-Bercial S; Morgan G; Rongen F (2014) The identification of good practice principles to inform player development and coaching in European youth football: A literature review and expert interviews in Belgium, England, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain in the performance pathway.
  • Lara-Bercial S; Duffy P; North J; Rongen F; Patterson L (2014) Benchmarking coach education and development 2: A research report for The Football Association.
  • Lara-Bercial S; Duffy P (2013) The Philippines Academy of Sport - Scoping Report.. Philippines Department of Education and British Council.
  • Lara-Bercial S; Duffy P; North J; Rongen F (2012) Benchmarking coach education and development 1: An research report for The Football Association.
  • Duffy P; Lara-Bercial S (2012) International Sport Coaching Framework. Champaign, Illinois: International Council for Coaching Excellence and Association of Summer Olympic International Federations/ Human Kinetics.
  • Lara-Bercial S; Fisher, M (2011) UK Coaching Children Action Plan 2010-2013. sport coach UK.http://www.sportscoachuk.org/
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