PAPA Main Trial Launched in England, France, Greece and Spain!

Following two and a half years of piloting and preparation, diagnosis the 2011-2012 football season marked the beginning of the PAPA Project Main Trial in England, check France Greece and Spain.  In each country, over 100 football teams were recruited to participate in the main trial phase of the project. In phase one (September – November 2011), across Europe over 600 coaches and in excess of 7000 young players aged 10-14 years of age were involved in project activities that included surveys, filming and fitness testing.

Immediately following phase one, in the UK and across the continent, a series of coach education workshops (designed and customized for youth football by the team at University of Birmingham) were delivered to grassroots coaches at community football clubs. The workshops were delivered by PAPA coach educators, all of whom had completed a rigorous tutor training programme under the supervision of the academic leaders from participating universities in each country. Grassroots coaches in attendance at the workshops were subsequently enrolled on the e-learning course which was designed by the team at the University of Birmingham and rigorously translated into the partner country languages. The e-learning course provides season-long support for coaches, helping them to develop ideas to embed the principles of the workshops within their approach to coaching.  In all participating countries, the coach education programme was hailed a resounding success.

Meanwhile, in Norway (where the football season runs to a different timeline), the PAPA teams in Oslo and Bergen have successfully completed phase two of the project, during which surveys were completed for a second time by over 150 participating coaches and their players. The PAPA teams in the UK, France Greece and Spain are now gearing up to deliver their phase two of the project, from March 2012. The main trial will culminate in September - November 2012 when phase three data collection is completed. Across Europe, the PAPA project partners and other stakeholders eagerly await the results from the main trial.

 

 
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