Based on a needs analysis carried out by the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE, 2016) and the academic literature on sports coaching (Lyle, 2002; Cushion & Lyle,, 2017), the design of effective programmes for the future should see field experts from National Governing Bodies (NGBs), sports associations and clubs, join forces with sports coaching academics. Furthermore, experts have suggested that, in the constructivist vein, learners themselves are the key to developing relevant educational programmes, curricula and syllabi. This critical review of coaching education is what catalysed CoachEd6, a project focusing on Coaching Education at Level 6.


– MCAST (Malta)is the lead partner of CoachEd6,
– University of Southern Denmark (Odense, Denmark),
– Muğla Sıtkı Koçman Üniversitesi (Muğla, Turkey)
– Reykjavik University (Reykjavik, Iceland)
– International Council for Coaching Excellence (UK)

Project objectives

-Addressing current gaps in sports coaching education through the development of four units which can be integrated in a level 6 course.
-Promoting the results of our project beyond our project partnership.

Target groups

-Sports coaching students and practitioners in the field
-Sports coaching lecturers
-Higher education institutions (HEIs) providing sports coaching education
-Stakeholders in the field of sports coaching (e.g. NGBs and the ICCE)

The delivery of the units is to be piloted during the project in four weekend schools, organised in the Higher Education Institutions of each respective country. During its pilot phase, the project will also include mobility opportunities for six learners from each country to attend a weekend school in a foreign country and shadow an experienced coach in the workplace (job shadowing) for approximately 10 days. 1 foreign expert from the participating members will be invited in every weekend school to share his/her expertise with the academics and learners participating in the weekend school in its respective country. 

The development and running of the units, as well as the mobility activities included in CoachEd6, are funded by the Erasmus+ Programme.