Sport Council adopts conclusions on the role of coaches in society
During the last two days (20th-21st November), the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council of the European Union took place in Brussels.
As reported on www.consilium.europa.eu, Ministers discussed the main challenges facing sport in the 21st century. They looked at how to improve cooperation between national governments and with sports organisations in order to respond more effectively to issues such as integrity, governance and the contribution of sport to society. The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, took part in the debate in the Council for the first time since it has existed in this configuration.
The Council also adopted conclusions on the role of coaches in society as well as a resolution aiming at further developing the existing high-level structured dialogue between EU institutions, member states’ authorities and the sports movement.
In particulare, these conclusions highlight the central role played by coaches in supervising sports’ activities and the expansion of their field of activity in recent years. Today, the focus on sport achievements is only one aspect of the tasks of coaches, as it is now expected to play a role in developing soft skills and values that are important for contemporary societies.
Coaches can also have a significant role in strengthening the human and social capital and thus have a positive impact on young athletes’ personal development and upbringing. Coaches can also help to develop and promote cohesive societies as they work daily with people of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds. This helps to enhance solidarity, tolerance and mutual respect among various groups and communities.
The conclusions invite member states to set up the appropriate frameworks to support coaches’ efforts to acquire additional skills and competences that correspond to the expectations of today’s society