The PAPA project has six scientific objectives.
- To identify the key components of a European-based coach education programme for youth sport based on:
- Examples of "good practice"
- Empirical research
- Contemporary theories of motivation, optimal functioning, and health behaviour determinants in children.
- To develop a European-based coach education programme for youth sport that will provide a realistic and practical strategy for primary prevention (i.e., eliminating the causes of chronic disease) in young people.
- To examine the feasibility and effectiveness of the programme as an approach to educating grassroots coaches.?
- To evaluate the effectiveness of the coach education programme by investigating its impact on:
- The nature of the social environment in youth sport settings
- Motivation to engage in physical activity
- Health behaviour patterns?
- To distribute evidenced-based principles of good coaching practice and project findings to:
- The scientific community
- National and international football coaches and association representatives
- Child health organisations
- To bring PAPA project findings to the attention of sport organisations, politicians, and other policy makers concerned with youth sport and/or children's health-related issues.