Coach Education Strategy

Updated: 05 Feb, 2018 07:00 pm

In a global environment, the approach to coaching cannot align itself with a one-size fits all approach.  What works for certain coaches in one environment may not work for others.  Equally the existing knowledge, learning and experience of individual coaches will differ and as they develop; different types of development will be of greater or lesser value.  Therefore, a blended and flexible approach to learning and development has been adopted.

Limited resources for the ITU and NFs means that careful consideration and coordination is required to deliver these development activities.  Utilising a collaborative and knowledge sharing approach the ITU is in a strong position to be able to build strong relationships with a wide range of partners, including NFs and external organisations (e.g. International Council for Coaching Excellence) to offer a comprehensive fit for purpose solution.

To address these key concerns a four-way solution has been identified:

  • 1. The ITU will continue to deliver ITU courses using ITU accredited facilitators in regions where the most benefit can be achieved.  This is the mechanism that many people will have been familiar with prior to 2018. Usually a course is run in a single location, but available to coaches from a range of National Federations relatively close by geographically.  These courses are usually funded by the ITU or related partners, such as Olympic Solidarity Funding.  These courses are usually targeted at developing nations.
  • 2. A planned new approach is for an individual federation to request that the ITU delivers a course in their country, usually solely for the use of its NF members.  In this instance, the National Federation will bear all the costs of the course and may choose to recoup these costs by charging coaches to attend.  It will be necessary for NFs to access to appropriate funding for this approach.
  • 3. National Federations can opt to apply to syndicate the ITU courses as part of a partnership programme.  This is where a NF can work with the ITU to use the ITU online course resources and materials.  Part of the process is then to train the NF staff and facilitators to ensure the courses run to required standard.  The NF bears all the costs of running the courses and pays the ITU a fee for each course, this fee is used to support the process, maintain the online platform and further develop the online courses.  To be eligible for this option NFs will need to meet certain criteria and capabilities.  This process is currently being piloted with Triathlon Ireland, further information will be available later in 2018.
  • 4. Several NFs develop and run their own coach education programs, and this is an important part of the overall strategy.  National Federations at this level will ideally have gone through the ITU Accreditation Coach Education Program (ACEP) process. 

Having four different implementation approaches means than in any given context an appropriate solution should be possible.