Strategic Planning, Sport Education & Coach Development Expertise
As well as developing strategic partnerships UK Sport International works in a delivery, support or exchange capacity in order to enhance our work, the work undertaken by our partner organisations and other international sport and sport for development agencies. This element of our work is led by UK Sport’s International Development Technical Team made up of UK Sport staff and highly experienced international consultants. This team has vast experience working across the sporting landscape in a range of international contexts.
UK Sport’s Technical team supports the following key projects or partnership work:
International community Coach Education Standards (ICES)
The ICES project supports the development of frameworks, resources and tools that support the benchmarking, recognition and development of community coach education and development programmes. While context specific this project is being developed in response to a recognised need for the development of agreed standards against which community coach development can be benchmarked and recognised across organisations and countries. The ICES initiative is focused on developing a community of practice centred on the education of coaches in community and sport for development programmes.
International Development of Leadership and Excellence in Sport (IDEALS)
IDEALS aims to establish high quality and progressive projects for young people aged 20-35 from the UK and partner countries through working in partnership to develop multi-agency sports leadership initiatives. Primarily this is through partnerships between Higher Education Institutions and Non-Government Organisations with a goal of enhancing global understanding by investing in the leaders of tomorrow in the UK and in Africa; and to raise skills throughout the UK and Africa amongst sports development officers, sports administrators, sport specific coaches and volunteer sports leaders by giving them international experience which will enhance their ability to carry out their roles in multicultural settings;
Beckwith International Leadership Development (BILD)
Started in 2008, BILD aims to support the development of an infrastructure that will facilitate the creation of a training model and resources for sports leadership development in Africa (currently operating in Tanzania and Ghana). This will develop training capacity within each country and region and reduce the dependence upon input from overseas trainers.
BILD is managed in-country and is supported by key in-country stakeholders including the National Sports Council, the Ministry for Sport and Education who employ local staff. UK Sport support the development of the training programme and its curriculum, advising stakeholders on how BILD can progress as well as managing the funding grant from the TOP Foundation.
Sport Education and Accreditation System (SEAS)
SEAS is a project led by the Supreme Council of Sport in Africa Zone 6. The aim is to develop harmonised and standardised education and accreditation framework for sports practitioners in Zone VI. The Zone is working to establish a regional framework with common reference points, levels and required competencies for the training and accreditation of sport education in the region, and to establish a database of sport practitioners and training providers in order to enable practitioners to empower all sports participants to realize their full potential.
An example of the work conducted by the Technical Team includes:
- Support for the development of the Azerbaijan National Sport Strategy and the integration and support for sport for children and young people.
- Facilitating the development of strategic plans for Sport Governing Bodies in Brazil, Zambia and India
- Through the ICES project leading professional development and exchanges in support of Coach Education Programmes in a range of international agencies including the Homeless World Cup Foundation and Special Olympics Bharat.
- Facilitating ICES interactive development seminars focused on supporting coach development systems in India, Bangladesh, Trinidad & Tobago and Southern Africa.
- Strategic development and support for the establishment of Youth Leadership Centres programmes in Tazania and Ghana.