About PAPA

PAPA is a European-based project committed to enhancing young peoples’ health and well-being through positive experiences in sport. Seed funding for the project (approximately 3 million Euros) comes from a 4-year research grant from the European Commission (FP7 Health). The PAPA project will develop, deliver and evaluate a theoretically-grounded and evidence-based coach education programme first piloted in the UK and then rigorously tested in the UK, Norway, Spain, France and Greece.

Our goal is to:

  • Help grassroots coaches understand how they can foster quality motivation
  • Provide coaches with strategies for promoting a more empowering climate and making youth sport more engaging and enjoyable.

This should lead to a number of positive outcomes for young people, including:

Improved Health

  • Promoting physical activity
  • Enhanced fitness levels
  • Avoiding substance use (e.g., tobacco)

Improved Well-being

  • Enjoyment of sport
  • Self-esteem
  • Vitality
  • Reduced anxiety

The project will focus on football (soccer) and involve over 80 teams (and their coaches) and more than 1000 boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 14 years from the UK, Norway, Spain, France and Greece. The project has the support of the national football associations in all five countries (The Football Association, The Football Association of Norway, Real Federación Española de Fútbol, Fédération Française de Football, and Hellenic Football Federation).

Papa News
PAPA Featured on Horizon 2020

An article about the PAPA Project has been featured on the Horizon 2020 website. Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years.

End of Project Dissemination Conference

To mark the formal conclusion of the PAPA project, store at the end of September 2013 members of the PAPA Project came together to present their findings at a special one-day event.