Coaching and Coach Education in Poland

in International Sport Coaching Journal
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  • 1 University School of Management & Coaching
  • 2 Institute of Sport, Warsaw
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The purpose of this paper is to describe the current status of coaching and coach education in Poland. Currently, the dynamics of legal rulers that govern the sport coaching market in Poland are dictated by several broader phenomena, such as the globalisation of sport culture, European integration, decentralisation of power and deregulation of the labour market that has been occurring over recent years. The coaching labour market, which is determined by various needs of institutions and individuals, points to appropriate forms and methods of education for coaches. This new situation allows us to specify coaching roles and respective competences that are adapted to the dynamic needs of the market. It also allows Polish sport associations and “Akademia Trenerska” (“Coaching Academy”) to actively and innovatively stimulate the sport coaching labour market in Poland.

Ryszard Panfl is a professor of sports sciences, coach and manager of sport clubs. He currently works at University School of Management & Coaching in Wrocław, Poland, where he teaches several subjects, including: team performance management, theory of sport games and sport coaching. He has written 64 scientific publications dealing with efficient coaching and team management in sport, including seven handbooks. He has 15 years of experience working as a team manager and coach in professional football clubs. He serves as the advisor to the Polish Minister of Sport and Tourism.

Marcin Krawczyski is an associate professor in the Academy of Sport Education in Warsaw and the Atheneum University in Gdask. He also co-works with the Institute of Sport in Warsaw. He is a member of the Presidium of The Main Council of Science and Higher Education in Poland. His main areas of interest are sport and exercise psychology, psychological problems of organisation and management in sport and coach education.

Łukasz Panfil, PhD, specializes in organization of sport and talent management in sport. He currently works at University School of Management & Coaching in Wroclaw. He has been coordinator of “sport management” courses for 10 years. He is the founder of the innovative e-learning platform UpYourLevel, providing courses for sport coaches, managers and players.

Piotr Marek holds a master’s degree in sociology. He is a director of Coaching Academy and works at the Institute of Sport in Warsaw. He is a member of the European Coaching Council and co-works with the International Council for Coaching Excellence, which operates on the basis of International Sport Coaching Framework, describing qualifications in sport.

Address author correspondence to Lukasz Panfl at