Grassroots coaches' training in the PAPA project

Isabel Castillo, Yago Ramis, Jaume Cruz, Isabel Balaguer

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The aim of the present work was twofold: (1) To describe the features of the motivational education program for coaches Empowering Coaching™, implemented in the European Project PAPA (Promoting Adolescent Physical Activity) and (2) To assess Spanish grassroots coaches' perception on the education workshops of the program as well as its implications at two different times, once the workshop had finished and after one year. 521 grassroots coaches from five participant countries (Spain, France, Greece, England and Norway) attended the Empowering Coaching™ workshops. Among them, 105 were from Spain (77 from the Valencian Community and 28 from Catalonia). In the follow-up data collection, 52 grassroots coaches from the Valencian Community participated. Questionnaires assessing satisfaction with the workshop, implementation, and barriers revealed that coaches were able to apply the workshop contents in their daily practice. Moreover, what was learned at the Empowering Coaching™ workshops was perceived to be innovative and made the coaches rethink their ideas about training. All of the grassroots coaches attending the workshops reported understanding and feeling able to integrate the Empowering Coaching™ principles in their practices and games, thus feeling able to become empowering coaches. Almost all coaches also reported not having difficulties to create empowering climates in their teams, finding the main difficulties with parents.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-138
JournalRevista de Psicologia del Deporte
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Coaches
  • Education
  • Empowering coaching™
  • Grassroots football
  • Motivational climate

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    Castillo, I., Ramis, Y., Cruz, J., & Balaguer, I. (2015). Grassroots coaches' training in the PAPA project. Revista de Psicologia del Deporte, 24(1), 131-138.