Coaching in the UK

Sports Coach UK – Invitation to Tender

Tue, 20 Dec 2016

Sports Coach UK has released invitations to tender (ITT) for two new research projects: ‘Women in leadership positions’ and ‘Participant development in sport’.
Research conducted by Sports Coach UK has found that there are many barriers facing women when they enter in the coaching profession and when they progress on to higher level qualifications and leadership roles.

It is estimated that 30% of the coaching workforce is female; but this figure decreases for the qualified workforce, to around 17% and for women coaching at more senior levels it falls further still, to approximately 12%.

Women’s representation in either senior management or in leadership positions also remains an issue for many organisations, across different sectors. Some organisations are seeking to address this through interventions and leadership programmes designed to raise the profile of women and improve career opportunities.

The ‘Women in leadership positions’ research project is looking for a consultant or research agency, to investigate how other sectors and organisations have sought to raise the profile of women and whether there are any interventions that have been successful in increasing the representation of women in leadership positions.

The primary aim of the study is to understand what has worked well for other sectors and organisations; and whether this learning could be applied to the coaching sector. The tender submission deadline for this project is 13.00 on Wednesday 18 January 2017.

Access the ITT document for ‘Women in leadership positions’.

In 2010 a review, The Participant Development in Sport: An Academic Review (Bailey et al., 2010), was published by Sports Coach UK exploring the key principles associated with participant development in sport – focussing on three broad areas: biological, psychological and social domains – and setting out a series of recommendations for policy and practice.

For the second tender opportunity, ‘Participant development in sport’, Sports Coach UK would like to commission a consultant or research agency to explore new research and directions in participant development in sport since 2010.

The primary aims of this research will be to review and summarise the latest research and evidence on participant development in sport (from 2010 to 2017), explore the implications of this research on models of player development and identify any gaps in knowledge, and any key topics that require further exploration. The tender submission deadline for this project is 13:00 Wednesday 18 January 2017.

Access the ITT document for ‘Participant development in sport’.

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