One Step Closer To a Martial Arts Coaching Framework

Prime Meeting in Oxford
10/20/2017 16:12

ICSSPE Project Members and project partners met to discuss progress of their exciting project Participation, Recreation and Inclusion through Martial Arts Education (PRIME).


The meeting took place at Balliol College, Oxford University, and included discussions of assessment frameworks, support material development, and international policies for persons with a disability.


Funded by the European Union’s ERASMUS+ scheme, PRIME seeks to develop a high-quality coaching framework to support the promotion of healthy martial arts participation among persons with a disability. This framework will be the first of its kind, it will be compatible with the European Qualification Framework (EQF), and constitute a model for global initiatives.


It is a two-year project, so 2018 will see the development of its outputs, primarily a new coaching framework, teaching materials for martial arts coaches, and a specialist website.


The PRIME partnership brings together organisations from different EU Member States. In addition to four groups at the forefront of inclusive practices in martial arts, such as Ikkaido, the Association of Wado Karate Do Kai Shin Gi Tai Italy, the International Taekwondo Federation and Hayashi Karatecenter e.V., the partnership includes the International Council for Coaching Excellence, the UNESCO Chair Transforming the Lives of People with Disabilities, their Families and Communities, Through Physical Education, Sport, Recreation and Fitness at Tralee Institute of Technology, Ireland, The Association For International Sport for All and, as project manager, the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education. The Project is supported by the Sports Coaching Science with Disability Sport Team at the University of Worcester, UK.


The next PRIME meeting will take place early in 2018, in Edinburgh. Please contact the ICSSPE Office for further information.