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Pat Duffy Coaching Excellence Conference

Full Programme for 2nd iCoachKids International Conference Announced!

ICCE, in conjunction with Leeds Beckett University and Erasmus+ project iCoachKids will host the Pat Duffy Coaching Excellence Conference on 5th and 6th September 2018 in Leeds (UK). The conference will include the 2nd iCoachKids International Conference entitled “Developing Effective Environment for Children and Young People in Sport”.


The conference will include a mix of world-class keynote lectures, practical coaching demonstrations and interactive workshops aimed at children and youth coaches as well as coach developers.


It will also showcase the launch of the first of three FREE Massive Open Online Courses developed by iCoachKids to support coach development globally.


Confirmed speakers include Kris Van Der Haegen, Director of Coach Education for Belgian Football, Pedagogy legend Prof Nicolette Schipper-Van Veldhoven from the Netherlands Olmpic Committee, Physical Literacy expert Prof Dave Morley, former Olympic Swimmer Prof Birute Statkeviciene from Lithuanian Sport University, Athlete Development guru Prof Kevin Till, and coach education and youth sport leaders Dr Andy Abraham from Leeds Beckett University and iCoachKids Project Director Dr Sergio Lara-Bercial.


The full programme can be downloaded here.


Sessions will take place over two days at the Headingley Campus of Leeds Beckett University.


  • Wednesday 5th Sept 3pm-9pm.


  • Thursday 6th Sept 10am-4pm.


The conference is heavily subsidised by ICCE and LBU and costs only £10 per day or £20 for the two days.




Participation for international participants is free, and a limited number of international participants might benefit from free two nights accommodation.


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iCoachKids is co-funded by an Erasmus+ grant and led by Leeds Beckett University (LBU) and the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE). It brings together another six world-class organisations with a common desire to support children and youth coaches and a proven track record of doing so. These include Sport Ireland Coaching, the Hungarian Coaches Association, the Netherlands Olympic Committee, the European University of Madrid, Lithuanian Sport University, and the Royal Belgian Football Association.