Expert Group proposes minimum requirements for coaches’ competences

Over the past three years, the European Commission Expert Group on Skills and HR Development in Sport (XG HR) has been working on the topic of coach education. The output of their work, the Guidelines regarding the minimum requirements in skills and competences for coaches, is now published.

As an observer in the Expert Group, ENGSO took an active part in the meetings and contributed to the development of the guidelines.

The objective of the publication is to propose a common minimum set of competences for coaches in Europe. It suggests improvements in the education or training modules and courses of coaches, and it also outlines the core competences a coach should have.

The document reflects the growing demands and expectations towards coaches, at all levels and aspects of sport. Coaches are also teachers and role models that not only teach sports-specific skills, but help participants improve their overall well-being and boost their soft skills, as well as convey values such as respect and integrity.

„The vast majority of coaches work as volunteers. They are the basis of the whole voluntary-based sports movement and the backbone of not-for-profit grassroots sport clubs. We wanted to make sure that the document, while reflecting the multi-faceted role of coaches and the societal dimension of coaching, also takes into account the realities on the ground”, explains Kaisa Larjomaa, ENGSO Secretary General.

„I am convinced that the document is helpful for developing the education of coaches, both professional and volunteer. The next step is providing information and incentives in order to implement the guidelines in the national coach education systems.”

The document was developed over several meetings of the HR XG, including the one in February 2018 in Bath, UK, in July 2018 in Split, Croatia, in November 2018 in Salzburg, Austria, in May 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal and in November 2019 in Trento, Italy.

ENGSO would like to thank all the fellow experts and observers for the great collaboration and positive discussions throughout the two years.

The guidelines are available in English here.