Dr Sergio Lara-Bercial, Reader

Dr Sergio Lara-Bercial

Reader

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.

Dr Sergio Lara-Bercial, Reader

Ask Me About

  1. Coaching
  2. Sport

Selected Outputs

  • Lara-Bercial S; Harrington M; Duffy P eds. ICCE; ASOIF; LMU (2013) International Sport Coaching Framework version 1.2. Champaign: IL: Human Kinetics.

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

  • Lara-Bercial S; Duffy P (2013) Are the kids alright?. In: Whitehead M eds. International Physical Literacy Conference 2013, 21 May 2013 - 23 May 2013, Bedforshire University.

  • Lara-Bercial S; Mallett C (2013) Understanding Elite Level Coaching: Implications for Selection, Education, Management and Retention. In: University of Northumbria's Coaching Think Tank, 1 May 2012 - 3 May 2013, University of Northumbria.

  • Lara-Bercial S; Duffy P (2013) The Philippines Academy of Sport ā€“ Scoping Report.

  • Boocock E; Mitchell T; Till K; Lara-Bercial S (2016) ISCJ Sport Coaching Research Digest. International Sport Coaching Journal / ISCJ, 3 (3), pp. 371-374.

    https://doi.org/10.1123/iscj.2016-0079

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  • Lara-Bercial S; Jimenez A; Abraham A; Bales J; Colmaire P; Curado J; Dieffenbach K; Ito M; Mokglate O; Nordmann L (2016) The International Sport Coaching Bachelor Degree Standards of the International Council for Coaching Excellence. International Sport Coaching Journal / ISCJ, 3 (3), pp. 344-348.

    https://doi.org/10.1123/iscj.2016-0085

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  • Lara-Bercial S; Mallett CJ (2016) The Practices and Developmental Pathways of Professional and Olympic Serial Winning Coaches. International Sport Coaching Journal / ISCJ, 3 (3), pp. 221-239.

    https://doi.org/10.1123/iscj.2016-0083

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  • Piggott D; Boocock E; Till K; Abraham A; Lara-Bercial S (2016) International Sport Coaching Journal Digest. International Sport Coaching Journal / ISCJ, 3 (2), pp. 215-218.

    https://doi.org/10.1123/iscj.2016-0047

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  • Lara-Bercial S; Solana-Sanchez A; Solana-Sanchez D (2016) Athlete and Coach Development in the Sevilla Club de Fútbol Youth Academy: A Values-Based Proposition. International Sport Coaching Journal / ISCJ

    https://doi.org/10.1123/iscj.2015-0085

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  • Boocock E; Lara-Bercial S; Dohme L; Abraham A; Piggott D; Till K (2016) International Sport Coaching Journal Digest. International Sport Coaching Journal / ISCJ, 3 (1), pp. 104-107.

    https://doi.org/10.1123/iscj.2016-0007

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  • Lara-Bercial S; Dohme L; Boocock E; Abraham A; Piggott D; Till K (2015) International Sport Coaching Journal Digest. International Sport Coaching Journal / ISCJ, 2 (3), pp. 361-364.

    https://doi.org/10.1123/iscj.2015-0079

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  • Dohme L; Boocock E; Abraham A; Piggott D; Till K; Lara-Bercial S (2015) International Sport Coaching Journal Digest. International Sport Coaching Journal / ISCJ, 2 (2), pp. 226-228.

    https://doi.org/10.1123/iscj.2015-0050

  • Dohme L; Boocock E; Abraham A; Piggott D; Lara-Bercial S (2015) International Sport Coaching Journal Digest. International Sport Coaching Journal / ISCJ, 2 (1), pp. 87-92.

    https://doi.org/10.1123/iscj.2014-0150

  • Lara-Bercial S; Duffy, P. (2013) Coaching Without Borders: The role of the International Sport Coaching Framework in promoting physical literacy worldwide. ICCSPE Bulletin - Journal of Sport Science and Physical Education, 65

    https://www.icsspe.org/content/no-65-cd-rom

  • Lara-Bercial S (2011) Coaching Children and Young People in the UK: State of Affairs 400 Days Away from the London 2012 Olympic Games. Revista Kronos, X (1), pp. 21-30.

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

  • Lara-Bercial S (2012) Multi-skills Wildcats Activ8 Clubs Coaches Resource.

  • Lara-Bercial S; Crisfield P (2013) Coaching Children Introductory Award.