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  • Writer's pictureSarah McQuade

ICECP 2023 Graduates Commit to Driving Further Change

Congratulations to all ICECP Coaches Cohort who recently graduated from the Thirteenth Edition of the ICECP at Olympic House in Switzerland in April 2023, during which their Certificates were presented by President Bach.

The International Coaching Enrichment Certification Program (ICECP), a joint endeavor between the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) under the guidance of Carolina Bayon and Abigail Tompkins and the University of Delaware with Matt Robinson and funded by Olympic Solidarity continues to unite and inspire a global network of high performing coaches.

Perhaps the most unique part of the program is the challenge for coaches to do something tangible with their learning and undertake a work-based development project. Projects vary from participation initiatives, to coach education including athlete to coach transition programs, elite athlete development and research projects. Coaches successfully completing the program are invited to present on their work at the Olympic House in Switzerland.

Over the thirteen iterations of the program, the ICECP has evolved. The most recent evolution has seen the integration of a Coaching into Leadership Professional Development workshop in the final module of the program in Lausanne. This year the two-day event was housed as the stunning Hotel Angleterre on the banks of Lake Geneva.

Alongside colleagues Mat Robinson, Ian Barker and Peter Davis I was thrilled to support the design and delivery of this years program which encouraged coaches to:

  • Reflect on their ICECP learning experience

  • Explore their own philosophy, values and capabilities and how these have evolved

  • Consider how they can be 'professionally selfish' and prioritize coach wellbeing and employ coach selfceare

  • Understand how power and politics play out in sports management leadership

  • Consider if and how they will continue to drive the change they have started to create in their own countries.

The most defining moment of the Coaching into Leadership workshop was the coaches commitment to continue to impact sports policy, programs and people. Captured on a sticky note these are the goals that ICECP coaches will make a reality.

The final phase of the workshop introduced coaches to the GROW model which they utilized in pairs to help one another explore how they can transition their sticky-note commitment into reality.

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