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Cluster for Research into Coaching (CRiC) 5th International Conference 2019

International Coaching Conference, the Arena, University of Worcester, 4-5th September, 2019    

The School of Sport and Exercise Science, University of Worcester presents the fifth International Coaching Conference on behalf of the Cluster for Research into Coaching (CRiC) and in association with Sports Coaching Review, Manchester Metropolitan University and Cardiff Metropolitan University.    

This event traditionally attracts an array of leading UK and international scholars in the field of sports coaching.  The conference draws from a broad range of disciplines including pedagogy, sociology, history and law. 

This fifth international conference aims to, once again, provide an invaluable platform from which to discuss some of the most important and contemporary debates in the field of sports coaching.  Clustered around four central themes, the conference will feature two jam-packed days of scholarly discourse and will prove an invaluable opportunity to engage with cutting edge research from some of the leading researchers in sports coaching.

The themes for this conference comprise:

  • The role, value and professional learning of coach developers
  • The multidisciplinary considerations of decision making in coaching
  • Inclusive coaching practice, policy and education
  • Contemporary debates in sports coaching practice  

Registrations will open in 2019


  • Full two-day delegate: £195
  • Single-day delegate: £110
  • Postgraduate student (two-day): £70
  • Postgraduate student (single day): £40

All rates include the full conference programme, refreshments and lunch but do not include accommodation or the Gala Dinner (see separate tabs)

Find us:

Travelling to and around Worcester

The University has three main sites: St John's Campus, City Campus and Severn Campus. The St John’s and City Campus are a pleasant 20 minute walk from each other, with the Severn Campus conveniently situated between the two

For travel details see our find us pages        

Terms & Conditions/Cancellation Policy for Conferences and Events    

1. If a delegate is unable to attend an event for any reason they may substitute, by arrangement with the event administrator, someone else from the same institute/organisation.  

2. If a delegate is unable to attend, and is not in a position to transfer his/her place to another person, the following refund arrangements apply:   

- Bookings cancelled more than 30 days before the event will receive a full refund

- Bookings cancelled less than 30 days before the event will not be eligible for a refund   

3. Cancellations made by delegates after a failed visa application will be refunded in full upon receipt of evidence of the visa refusal.   

Refunds will be made in the following ways:   

• For payments received by credit or debit cards, the same credit/debit card will be refunded

• For all other payments, a bank transfer will be made to the payee nominated account.     

Event Cancellation   

We will do our best to ensure that the event goes ahead, but we reserve the right to cancel at any time.  If we do so (other than for reasons outside of our control), we will refund your event fee in full but will have no further liabilities to you.  In particular we will not meet the costs of any pre-booked travel or external accommodation.  

Call for papers

Call for papers

Cluster for Research into Coaching (CRiC)

5th International Coaching Conference, 4th-5th September 2019, University of Worcester, UK


The organising committee of CRiC2019 is delighted to invite abstracts for individual papers to be presented at CRiC2019.  Each individual presentation will comprise a 20 minute delivery followed by a short time for questions.  Each paper will be clustered into a coherent symposia of approximately two other similarly-themed submissions.  Each symposia will be chaired by a peer from the CRiC community.

Your abstract should be aligned to one of the conference themes which comprise:

  • The role, value and professional learning of coach developers
  • The multidisciplinary considerations of decision making in coaching
  • Inclusive coaching practice, policy and education
  • Contemporary debates in sports coaching practice

In order to submit your paper, please complete the CRiC2019 submission form including an abstract of up to 500 words and email to   by 4pm on Friday 15th March 2019.

Following submission, each abstract will be peer-reviewed by two members of the scientific committee and you will subsequently be notified by email of our decision as to whether to accept your paper.

Reviewing criteria:

  • Clarity of the focus of the research
  • Originality of the research
  • Rigour of the research
  • Significance of the research for sports coaching practice, policy or theory

Processes and timescales:

  • Call for abstracts - by 4pm, Friday 15 March 2019                 
  • Emailed receipt of abstract - within two working days of submission    
  • Authors notified of decision - Friday 29 March 2019            
  • Early bird registration opens -  Monday 1 April 2019           
  • Early bird registration closes - Wednesday 1 May 2019       
  • Presenting authors to be registered - Monday 3 June 2019        
  • Provisional programme announced - Wednesday 15 June 2019         
  • Delegate registrations close -  Friday 5 July 2019

Academic Programme

The academic programme will be announced in 2019

Local organising committee

Dr Don Vinson
Dr Andy Cale
Harley Simpson
Verity Rutherford

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Dr Brian Gearity

Theoretical lenses and conceptual bricks: Organizing and mobilizing critical sport coaching research in neoliberal times








Professor John Lyle

CRiC2019, in association with Sports Coaching Review, is delighted to announce: Professor John Lyle, Leeds Beckett University “Re-considering our direction of travel: Bringing pragmatism to sport coaching research” 

For the practitioner, the potency and relevance of research conducted in sport coaching is, in great measure, equal to the truth it speaks to the coach's practice and beliefs. This keynote address challenges the research community to re-evaluate its collective contribution to the sport coaching collective.  

It suggests that a greater sense of humility is required in recognising and accepting the contributions of fellow researchers, and in valuing the coach's capacity to distinguish the 'here and now' from its underlying determinants. Some responsibility must be assumed for translating decision policies and sociocultural complexities into meaningful education and development.

Accomodation and dinner

Accomodation and dinner


You will need to book your own accommodation for this event.  We recommend any of the following options:     

Conference dinner

Wednesday 4 September  

£40 per person   
Worcestershire County Cricket Club, New Road

Following a welcome drink on the terrace overlooking the ground, delegates will have the opportunity to enjoy a delightful 3-course meal with refreshments while enjoying the venue’s iconic view, its historic ambience and tales from a respected guest speaker.