CoachNet – ‘Voice of the Coach’

The CoachNet project aims to further develop a structure for the co-ordination of sport coaching at a European level. The project has been granted a financial contribution from the EU, and has been recognised as a priority of the European Commission Sport Unit within the framework of the Preparatory Action in the field of sport.

Stakeholders include:

  • Coaches’ Associations at the National and European level
  • Lead national organisations in Sport Coaching
  • International Federations at the European level
  • Higher education institutions
  • Employers of coaches

This network will strengthen cohesion within Sport Coaching with an enhanced emphasis on the ‘voice of the coach’. It will also build on the existing reference points for the education, and development of sport coaches, as well as providing a focal point for representation, research and communication on sport coaching issues at the European level.

The main outputs of the project will be as follows:

Research and Mapping

  • Research of current engagement levels within theEuropean Coaching Council and mapping the position of coaches associations in partner states, and at the European level.

‘Best Practice Guide’ for coaches associations and representation at the national and
European level

  • Identifying models of best practice in the development ofcoaches associations;
  • Developing operational guidelines and templates for the optimal development of coaches associations

Revised governance structure for the European Coaching Council

  • Developing a revised structure, to include lead nationalorganisations, international federations, coaches associations, higher education and employers.
  • Organisation of the project, dissemination of its purposes, evaluation of its work, and future action planning will be core themes throughout the project.


The project commenced on 1st January 2012 andwill complete on 30st April 2013. Initial research will begin between April and June, and initial findings and recommendations will be made for consultation between June and August.

A final conference will take place in Leeds on 26-28 March 2013 which will present the project’s findings.

The final report will be submitted to the European Commission after the completion of the Project.

Details of events and progress will be available at the CoachNet website –

Download the flyer (pdf).

The project is inviting the wider public to contribute to the mapping process. For more information, please email


United KingdomLeeds Metropolitan University
NetherlandsNational Olympic Committee*Netherlands Sports Federation
FinlandSuomen Ammattivalmentajat SAVAL
PortugalConfederacao Portuguesa das Associacoes de Treinadores
GermanyGerman Sport University Cologne
HungaryHungarian Coaching Association
FranceInstitut National du Sport, de l’Expertise et de la Performance
PolandInstitute of Sport
GermanyCoaches Academy Cologne of the German Olympic Sports Confederation
SpainConsejo Nacional de Entrenadores Deportivos
United KingdomEuropean Athletics Coaches Association
SpainReal Federacion Espanola de Tenis

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.


Karen Livingstone, Technical Project Officer – Global Coaching Office Leeds Metropolitan University
The Carnegie Stand, Headingley Stadium, St Michaels Lane, Leeds, LS6 3BU,, Tel: +44 (0) 113 218 3251

Ladislav Petrovic, Secretary General, International Council for Coaching Excellence


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