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21 Jun 2023 1,042

UK Coaching's new Community Coach Development research project now open for tenders

UK Coaching is seeking proposals from universities or independent consultants/agencies to collaborate on a new research initiative focused on Community Coach Development.

As part of our commitment to be here for the coach, we are in the process of designing a research project and a pilot program for community coach development. The objective of the research is to ensure that volunteer community coaches experience a sense of support and connection in their coaching responsibilities.

In-situ development opportunities and communities of practice are increasingly recognised as vital in coach learning. However, these opportunities often only exist for coaches within a performance pathway.

We know that fewer coaches have access to a mentor now than they did in 2019, and that there is a large discrepancy between male and female coaches accessing support from a mentor. We want to develop an understanding of how in-situ development might support volunteer community coaches and influence an inclusive culture of ongoing learning.

The research will explore:

  • what it feels like to be a volunteer community coach
  • how volunteer community coaches benefit from access to a coach developer
  • how best to support and enable the coach developer in their role
  • what the challenges of supporting volunteer community coaches are and how best to solve them in this setting.

The data gathered will be used to inform the creation of a community coach development model for the UK, building on existing experiential insight and Sport Wales research (2022).

Proposals must be submitted via email by 5pm on Friday 14 July 2023.

For more details on the proposal requirements, criteria, and timelines, download the invitation to tender document.

Submit Your Proposal

To submit your proposal or ask a question about the process, please email Martin Dighton


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