COMPETENCIES OF FLEMISH ATHLETICS COACHES

Ariane Caplin, Paula Vanhoovels, Evert Zinzen

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Samenvatting

Introduction
The European Qualification Framework (EQF) is the basis for many countries of the world to set up a National Framework. It consists of
competencies of all jobs, classified in numbered levels (OECD, 2005). Competencies of a job will give visible expectations and can be
used as an objective tool for evaluations. This study aims to determine the competencies of athletics coaches and create a framework in
which the coaches work.
Method
The Delphi Method was used to personally interview Flemish qualified athletics experts (in different rounds) to ensure that all coaching
views/opinions were enclosed and that the results are borne by everyone. After two personal contacts, the experts had a meeting to
discuss the specific core tasks with their associated "knowledge", "skills" and "attitudes" and try to reach a consensus (Linstone and Turoff,
2002). Then, in the final round, the competencies were composed (using COMET, 2003) and confirmed by all experts.
Results
There were seven competencies formed, namely: communication, tracking changes, feedback, individualization, working pedagogy and
didactics, setting up plans and working in team. The competencies are completed differently depending on the context (main task) in
which the coach works. The regional athletics coach (EQF 5) has five main tasks, including training U11-U20 on a regional level and U16
on a national level, coaching, supporting, information gathering and talent detection. The national athletics coach (EQF 6) has five main
tasks, including competitive training, coaching, mentor/supporting, information gathering and talent detection. The experts decided
unanimously that a higher level (EQF 7) should be established, to put in 4 specific tasks: competitive targeted training, coaching, supporting
top athletes and international information gathering.
Discussion
A strict framework was built, combining the coach levels versus the target the coach is trained for. This framework has also been checked
with the EQF and rated to European standards. If a young talented athlete starts a career, he/she should grow and develop on the national
level with a coach level 5. The coach level 6 has to lead him/her to a high international competitive level and finally the coach level
7 will guide the international top athlete to World Championships.
References
COMET, competency modeling toolkit, Copyright, Open University Holland, Onderwijs-technologisch Expertisecentrum, 2003
(http://www.open.ou.nlast/comet_eindversie/index.htm)
OECD, The definition and selection of key competencies, 27 may 2005 (http://www.oecd.org/edu/statistics/deseco)
Linstone, H., Turoff, M., (2002), Introduction, The Delphi method: techniques and applications, pp 3 - 12,
(http://wwwis.njit.edu/pubs/delphibook)
Originele taal-2English
TitelBook of abstracts of the 15th congress of the European College of Sport Science
UitgeverijECSS
Pagina's44-44
Aantal pagina's1
ISBN van geprinte versie978-605-61427-0-3
StatusPublished - 23 jun 2010
EvenementUnknown - Stockholm, Sweden
Duur: 21 sep 200925 sep 2009

Conference

ConferenceUnknown
Land/RegioSweden
StadStockholm
Periode21/09/0925/09/09

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