Sport coaching systems in the European union: state of the nations

Louis Moustakas, Sergio Lara-Bercial, Julian North, Guillermo Calvo

Publikation: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftZeitschriftenaufsätzeForschungBegutachtung


Over the last decade, there has been increased recognition of the size and role of the coaching workforce in Europe. This has led the European Commission to increase its focus on sport coaching and call upon Member States to take steps towards its regulation or professionalisation. However, despite this policy direction, the academic literature, albeit limited to a handful of European countries, has been critical of sport coaching’s capacity and need to move towards a more professionalised status. The purpose of our paper is to begin a discussion about the current and future state of sport coaching across Europe. To do so, we will present the results of an expert survey that provides baseline quantitative data on the current state of coaching across 26 European countries. Results show mixed, but potentially higher than expected, systemic professionalisation of coaching in Europe, though there are also substantial regional differences. We also find significant deficits in national data collection and management; this severely limits the development of a clearer picture and diminishes policymaking. In response to these findings, we propose potential avenues for research and policymaking.
ZeitschriftInternational Journal of Sport Policy and Politics
Seiten (von - bis)1-18
PublikationsstatusElektronisch/ online veröffentlicht vor Drucklegung - 02.11.2021


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