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Estonian Presidency conference “Role of sport coaches in society. Adding value to people’s lives”

Within the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, July 2017, in Tallinn, informal meeting of EU Sport Directors and international conference “Role of sport coaches in society. Adding value to people’s lives.”

The keynote speakers of the conference include: Senior Research Fellow from the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) Sergio Lara-Bercial; and long-time football coach Roy Hodgson.

In Estonia, the topic of coaches has been actively developed for over 10 years. Largely due to the successes gained in this area, the topic was chosen as a priority in the field of sports for the Estonian Presidency. Valuing coaches as the ones who teach values and necessary life skills, who develop habits related to physical activity that raise quality of life, and who create cohesion in society – this topic is a novel and current one for Member States as well as the wider EU level. Some of the topics that will be discussed at the conference include the roles of coaches, who are oriented towards performance sports as well as hobby sports, taking into account their key role in sports, the impact of their activities on individuals and society, and what kind of a role training and qualifications have in all that. Coaches’ status as well as responsibilities will be discussed, as well as whether the education of trainers is in line with today’s society’s needs, and what the EU Member States can do to help coaches fulfil their changing roles better. 

  • Date:  July 13-14, 2017
  • Place: Park Inn by Radisson Meriton Conference & Spa Hotel Tallinn conference center. 
  • Programme (PDF)
  • Working language: English



Broadcasts of the event


Day one (July 13, 2017)


Day two (July 14, 2017)





Conference presentations


Prof Kristjan Port, University of Tallinn: "Coaching and the future" (PDF)

Sergio Lara-Bercial, ICCE and Leeds Beckett University:"The Role of the Coach (PDF)

in the 21st Century Society" (PDF)

Sergio Lara-Bercial, ICCE and Leeds Beckett University:"How winning athletes think"  (PDF)

Prof Thorolfur Thorlindsson, University of Iceland: "Coaching in Social Context:  (PDF)Adding Value to Sport,Individuals and Community". (PDF)

Andrew Graham Grant, Sport and Education consultant: Competence of coach (PDF)

Heidi Pekkola, Policy Director, European NonGovernmental

Sports Organisation: “Strengthening Coaching with the Objective to
Raise Equality”

Jacques Stas, sport manager, Royal Belgium Basketball Federation: How winning coaches think (JPG)

José Ferreira Curado, Chairman of the European Coaching Council. "How to combine formal, nonformal (PDF)

and informal learning in developing coaches"  (PDF)

Raul Rebane, Estonian communication consultant:"T (PDF)he social role of a coach" (PDF)

Toomas Tõnise, Head of Estonian Foundation of Sports Education and Information:" (PDF)Estonian Coach Register and data based policy making" (PDF)

Yves Le Lostecque, Head of Sport Unit, European Commission: "Gender equality and (PDF)

coaching in the EU" (PDF)


Additional materials


Photo gallery in Flickr.


Margus Klaan
Adviser (Sports)

Phone +372 628 2328


Last updated: 11 February 2020