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Our Research Conference

UK Coaching Research Conference 2021 – Coaching for All


UK Coaching will be hosting its first virtual research conference on Wednesday, 17 March 2021.

Now in its fourth year, the conference provides an opportunity for individuals interested in research - whether they're coaching system professionals and policy makers; coaches and coach developers; learning designers, students, researchers and academics - to share findings from ongoing research projects; learn about the latest developments in coaching; and discover new and innovative ways to conduct research. 

Call for Submissions

Would you like to present at our conference?

We're welcoming submissions from established researchers and those who are new to research (eg students and early career researchers). We would also love to receive submissions from anyone who has captured fascinating insight from a project or programme (whether inside or outside the sport and physical activity sector) that can be transferred into coaching. 

The theme is Coaching for All - submissions should be aligned to this, with clear practical applications for making coaching more inclusive, whether that is access to coaching; becoming a coach; or learning and assessment for coaches.


Deadline for submissions: Monday, 28 September 10:00.

Notification of submission outcomes: From Monday, 12 October.

What next?

For further information and guidance on the submissions process and session formats, download our aptly titled submission guidelines and once you're ready to submit hit the link below. 

If you have any questions about the process or you would like to discuss ideas for a session at the conference, please email [email protected].

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Click the link below to start the submission process


Applied Coaching Research Conference 2020 – Maximising Potential through Coaching 


On Wednesday, the 26 February 2020, we returned to Derby County Football Club for our third research conference.

The theme of the conference was Maximising Potential through Coaching, and our jam-packed programme of workshops, posters and 'Time for You' sessions helped delegates understand how coaching can be used to maximise the potential of people in sport and physical activity.

Research is essential to inform the ongoing development of coaching policy and practice. The aim of our research conference is to bridge the gap between research and practice by enabling researchers and practitioners to come together to learn, share and collaborate.

The conference was worth three CIMSPA CPD points.

Keynote Speakers

Donna Fraser, UK Athletics

Donna Fraser is a former sprinter, who competed at four consecutive Olympic Games for Great Britain, and has developed a wealth of experience within the field of equality and diversity communications since her retirement from competitive athletics in 2009.

Between 2011-2015, Donna held the position of president of the South of England Athletics Association, while from 2013-2015 she also undertook the role of chair of the BAME Network (black, Asian and minority ethnic) at EDF Energy. In December of 2015, Donna became vice president of UK Athletics' Members Council for a four-year term.

After 19 years at EDF Energy, Donna returned to her passions in 2017, taking on a new role with UK Athletics as their Equality, Diversity & Engagement Lead and for the organising committee of the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships and World Para Athletics Championships in London.

From the track to the boardroom, Donna has created a career synonymous with all the characteristics that you'd attribute to one of Britain's greats. An expansive profile filled with medals, podium positions and significant accomplishments that tell the story of a European Junior Champion from Croydon that rose to become one of our most fearless world class Olympians. But the aforementioned accolades only scratch the surface of Donna's armoury. To characterise her by her sporting achievements alone is to do a great disservice to the inspiring woman that she is today. The woman that battled her way through breast cancer to then go on to achieve a qualifying time to compete for trials at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

2018 proved to be a formidable year for Donna, winning the ‘Outstanding Woman in Sport’ Award at the Precious Awards and receiving the Freedom of the Borough of Croydon - the first woman to receive this award in nearly 100 years. Donna continues to be active and spends much of her time ‘giving back’ to the community she served as a Team GB athlete

Donna's session: Maximising Potential through Coaching - 'Impossible if Nothing'

  • The four-time Olympian spoke about her athletics career and the coaches who maximised her potential by challenging and supporting her, covering:
    • Coach Falola's approach - 'Impossible is Nothing'
    • Our journey - me and my coach 
    • UK Athletics 'Coach' Project

Dr Steve Ingham, Supporting Champions

Steve has a background in high-performance sport and is a world leading performance scientist. He has worked with a number of British Olympic athletes, including Sir Steve Redgrave and Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill. Steve is also the director of Supporting Champions, which he set up to help people to reach their maximum potential. 

Steve's session: Maximising Potential: Insights from High Performance Teams

  • When an athlete aspires for an extraordinary goal, something they've never achieved before, how do they and their support team best approach the goal and how do they best sustain performance? In his keynote, Steve shared some of the key insights, tensions, philosophies and concepts that underpin exceptional performance.

Edel Quin, University of Chichester and Safe in Dance International

Edel specialises in the application of dance science theory and research to the education and practice of dance. Her co-authored book ‘Safe Dance Practice. An Applied Dance Science Perspective’ was published in 2015. Edel’s work is recognised internationally, having taught at institutions such the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, University of Wyoming, University of Bern, Beijing Dance Academy and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. As a former professional dancer, Edel toured the world with Riverdance and performed for a season in London’s West End. She is currently leading the world’s first BSc (Hons) and MSci in Dance Science at the University of Chichester.  

Edel's session: An Insight from Dance: How the Evolution of Dance Science Is Informing Enhanced Approaches to Training

  • The development of dance science as a discrete discipline has influenced how dancers and their coaches are being trained. Edel's keynote highlighted some of the peculiarities of the dance coaching context; the challenges that exist in the implementation of research-informed practices, and the benefit of being open to sharing of best practice. Edel also drew upon comparisons between the role of a dance coach and the role of a sports coach, and how to overcome the challenge of maximising individual potential within a group setting. 

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