The 25th - 27th August saw the French National Academy Of Sport (INSEP) host the 8th ICCE Global Coach Conference.
ISAF Training and Development Manager Dan Jaspers and ISAF Training Scholarship Course Co-ordinator Richard Percy travelled to Paris for 2 full days of discussions, seminars, key note speeches and an in depth plenary session related to the professionalising of global coaching competencies, qualifications and standards.
With 17 International Sport Federations and a number of other coaching organisations present at the meetings the conference proved to be a huge success in identifying the key steps needed to be taken by all involved. With the support of the Association of Associated Summer Olympic Sport Federations (ASOIF) and the IOC Olympic Solidarity department present to express their unconditional support of the ICCE developments there is a clear need for the proposed International Sport Coaching Framework.
Sports Organisations present in Paris:
Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), IOC Olympic Solidarity Department, IOC Entourage Commission, Table Tennis (ITTF), Body Building (IFBB), Taekwondo (WTF), Vollyball (FIVB), Equestrian (FEI), Triathlon (ITU), Weightlifting (IWF), Tennis (ITF), Bobsledding and Tobogganing (FIBT), Cycling (UCI), Rugby (IRB), Hockey (FIH), Rowing (FISA), Basketball (FIBA) Golf (PGA) and Badminton (BWF)
Dr Frank Dick, keynote speaker at the conference said, "Never make an athlete the victim of a coaches limitations."
Dr Bart van Oojen from the UN Sport Unit stated, "A single integrated programme is the future and that the validation and recognition of qualifications gained by volunteers should be a transparent process."
Pat Duffy, Vice Chair of ICCE said of young learners needs within sport coaching, "Children's learning needs and the coaching delivery of both participation and performance coaches could be greatly mismatched. The lack of common typology of coaching contexts hinders the organisation of research into meaningful frameworks."
What is the International Council for Coach Education?
The International Council for Coach Education (ICCE) is an international organization with the mission of promoting coaching as an internationally accepted profession. ICCE members seek to enhance the quality of coaching at every level of sport. The ICCE believes that international collaboration and exchange can accelerate positive change in the realm of coaching development and help these coaches give athletes around the world a chance to pursue excellence.
The expected outcomes of the ICCE initiative are:
• A network of international organizations responsible for the development of coaches in their respective nations.
• International accords on coaching issues such as ethics, safety, and knowledge/competency.
• An international coaching culture that supports the values of Olympism: integrity, honesty, fairness, inclusion, tolerance, and commitment to excellence.
The ICCE is uniquely qualified to address its mission because its members comprise the world's leaders in coaching development.
In the closing remarks from the ICCE conference report it was proposed:
• That the European Framework for the Recognition of Competencies, curriculum and qualifications (EFRCCQ) should be the model for the International Sport Coaching Framework.
• International Sports Federations should intensify the work on their frameworks.
• A two year target is set in place for all involved in order to formally sign off the Framework document in 2013.
• The next ASOIF Council meeting will have the proposal presented to them, by the Coaching Consultancy group.
• The political systems (committees) of all sports organisations should be joining far more with the Technical side (Coaches and Trainers) to create more cohesion and resultant success with the project.
ISAF Training and Development Manager Dan Jaspers said of the conference, "When ISAF Joined the ICCE in 2009 there were only 6 IF's onboard with the proposal and the IOC had not made any official statement of support. Now, 2 years on and with 17 Sports Federations present, it is clear that the message is being heard loud and supported by many more sporting bodies.
"The need to professionalise the way in which we deliver our sports in today's fast paced and dynamic society and to an ever changing marketplace is key to the growth and long term legacy of each IF. ISAF has identified grass roots participation to be one of the most if not the most important area of development and with more highly skilled, professional coaches working globally we will be able to achieve our goals for success in this as well as many other areas."
For pictures of the 2011 ICCE Conference please visit our dedicated Connect to Sailing Facebook Page here.
For more information on the work of the existing European Network of Sport Science, Education, and Employment (ENSSEE) visit their website here.
Why set up a National Sail Training Programme?
The ISAF Learn to Sail Training Programme is a "how to" programme to aid ISAF Member National Authorities in the provision of a generic national learn to sail programme that will help in the 'legacy building' which will secure that future generations benefit from the sport.
Training is fundamental to developing participation in all levels of the sport. Retention of those sailors that have had a 'fun' and 'safe' first time experience is proven to be a result of well trained Sailing Instructors who understand how to deliver the technical aspects of the sport in such a way as to make it understood by people from all walks of life. Without a National Training Programme, administered by Trained Facilitators, this is difficult to make happen.
The International Sailing Federation has also developed an Accreditation System, by which ISAF can accredit MNA National Training Programmes (NTP's). The value of an ISAF Recognized Sail Training Programme could include increased access to Olympic Solidarity, government and/or commercial funding by MNAs and a globally recognized set of coach training standards for the sport.
How do we (ISAF MNA) go about getting Approved Training Programme Status for our countries Sail Training?
After having downloaded the Learn to Sail Training Programme from the ISAF Website and having read through and digested the contents of its various sections, the MNA should contact the Training and Development Department at ISAF here.