Coaches: Educating People

Coaches Educating People COP

Sports merit particular attention within a number of contexts, including widespread educational emergencies, or where there are gaps within traditional educational structures, such as in the family or in school. It is important to focus on this theme because although sports are a precious educational resource for younger generations, this “educational road” (Pope Francis, Address to the Italian Tennis Federation, 8 May 2015, 8) is not widely appreciated. Within this field, a special role is placed on the coaches, who are considered to be true educators. Hence, we chose the theme, Coaches: educating people for our International Study seminar held in Rome from 14 to 16 May 2015, and of which this volume contains the proceedings.


Laity Today Collection, n. 27: Coaches: Educating People, International Seminar, Rome, 14-15 May 2015 (€ 18). Available in English, Italian and Spanish.




Foreword, Stanisław Ryłko

Message from the Holy Father Francis to participants


The world of youth and the world of sports: a challenging combination for today’s coaches, Norbert Müller

The biggest challenge: anti-doping training, Gerhard Treutlein

Training the coach and coaching the trainer, Raymond McKenna

The influences in the life of a coach: fame, money, media, and family, Antonio Manicone

Coach and educator: a life’s witness at the service of the human person, George Pell


Coaches: A mission towards social inclusion

The integrating power of sport for people with disabilities, Irene Villa, Journalist

The coach as trigger for people with less resources, Jamie Fillol Durán

The coach as an inspiration: the John Paul II Foundation for Sport Goa, Kennedy D’Silva

The education of coaches for the development of the peoples, Sandra Allen Craig

III. Testimonies: Sports changed my life

A miracle, Chris Tiu

Sports - as understood by the father of a family, Massimo Achini

Being a better person through soccer, Ivan Ramiro Córdoba

How I found my vocation through sport, Alison Wanner


A real commitment, a desire of action, Josef Clemens


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