International Sport Coaching Framework now available in six languages; Arabic translation coming soon

The International Sport Coaching Framework Version 1.2, developed jointly by the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE), the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) and Leeds Beckett University (LBU), is now available in Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Spanish. An Arabic translation is forthcoming. The translations of the Framework enable sport organizations from all corners of the globe to more readily implement the document’s guidelines for facilitating the development and certification of coaches. 

“The ICCE is extremely pleased to provide this important reference document in multiple languages,” states John Bales, president, International Council for Coaching Excellence. “Since its publication in 2013 the Framework has proven to be a valuable tool for sport organizations developing or enhancing their coaching systems.”

Mark Harrington, chair, Association of Summer Olympic International Federations Sport Development and Education Group, indicates that “The translation of the International Sport Coaching Framework marks a big step forward for the sports coaching industry. These translations allow us to share industry validated information into some major markets via the localized language,” he says, and “This initiative will really help international federations grow their education portfolios in partnership with government agencies, National Olympic committees, and Olympic solidarity.”

“We are very proud of our collaboration with the ICCE in the development of the ISCF,” says Peter Mackreth, dean of school, Leeds Beckett University. “The translation of the ISCF into six languages, therefore influencing the practice of coaches around the world, aligns directly with our quest to positively impact policy, practice, and performance across sport,” says Mackreth. “We are very proud to have played a part in broadening the access of this valuable tool to support the education, development, and recognition of coaches globally.”

The aim of the Framework is to establish universal standards for coaching education, including definitions, guidelines, and recommendations on the primary functions of a coach; roles and responsibilities of a coach in athlete development; qualifications, knowledge and core competences needed for coaching effectively; and methods by which coaches are educated, developed and certified.

With the Framework, sport federations, coaching organisations, and educational institutions are provided with a set of principles, supportive research, and a common language for designing, benchmarking, and refining coach education and development programmes.

Published by Human Kinetics, Inc., Champaign, Illinois, the Framework incorporates informed feedback, extensive research, and best practices in coaching from around the world. The result is an authoritative yet adaptable document that facilitates the development of coaches and, ultimately, the enrichment of sport for all.

“Human Kinetics is pleased to produce these recent translations and other adaptations of the Framework to make it accessible and most useful to sport organizations throughout the world that are seeking to develop and enhance their coach education programs,” said Ted Miller, Human Kinetics vice president and coach education director.


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