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Funded Masters by Research - Understanding the impact of the iCoachKids programme on coaches’ knowledge and self-efficacy


The School of Sport

Sunday, October 18, 2020 Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

The Carnegie School of Sport at Leeds Beckett University and iCoachKids are offering a funded (fees only) Master’s by Research opportunity starting in February 2021.

Thousands of coaches deliver sport to children and young people every day. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the number of tailored development opportunities for this population of coaches has increased in the last decade. Research exploring the impact of coach development interventions in this population has tended to focus on generic, retrospective accounts (Sullivan et al., 2012; Lemyre et al., 2007; Wiersma & Sherman, 2005). Evaluations of the impact of specific coach education programmes purposefully designed to train youth sport coaches, however, is scarce (Campbell & Sullivan, 2005; Malete & Feltz, 2000). It is thus paramount that more research is conducted to understand if and how youth sport coaches benefit from tailored learning opportunities.

We are delighted to offer this fees funded Masters by Research opportunity to address some of the gaps in the existing literature.

Project: Understanding the impact of the iCoachKids programme on coaches’ knowledge and self-efficacy.

The project will evaluate the impact of the iCoachKids e-learning programme on improving coaches’ knowledge (Côté & Gilbert, 2009) and self-efficacy (Feltz et al., 2009). The research will also aim to start building a preliminary understanding of what elements of the programme contribute to its impact and in which way (Pawson, 2013).

The programme of study will be embedded into the overall activities of the iCoachKids Global Movement led by Leeds Beckett University and the International Council for Coaching Excellence alongside another 7 European sporting organisations.

iCoachKids vision is “Child-centred youth sport environments that provide safe developmental experiences”. To achieve this vision, iCoachKids champions good policy and practice. Building a suitable evidence-base through targeted research is paramount.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposals and the project with the Project Lead, Dr Sergio Lara Bercial at

Applicants are asked to complete an application form and provide a proposal of the research to be undertaken using the criteria given below as a guide.

The proposal of the research can be up to three A4 pages in length (with references as an addition to the proposal) using type Arial 12 point.

Applicants should use the research project reference (iCK1) as the subject in the email subject line when submitting their applications.

The criteria listed below will also be used in both selecting those applicants who will be called for interview and those who will be successful in securing a studentship.

The three A4 pages must include:
a) Working Title
b) Qualifications, expertise and experience relevant to undertaking study for a Master of Research
c) Knowledge of the subject area that will ensure the development of a focused line of enquiry
d) Knowledge and understanding of research methods appropriate to undertaking a Master of Research in the area of research
e) Clarity on the original contribution that the completed Master of Research will make to the body of knowledge
f) Scale and scope of the proposed research in terms of delivery within the one-year study period

An application form is available by contacting or
The deadline for applications is midnight on 18th October 2020

Funding Notes

This Masters by Research Award comes with UK/EU fees paid for one year
A laptop and office space (subject to LBU COVID arrangements) and funding to support the research project is provided
The Award is for one year and is full time
The start date is 1 February 2021

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