The International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE), formerly known as the International Council for Coach Education, is a not-for-profit global cooperative organisation founded in 1997 with the mission of developing and promoting coaching as a blended professional area across the globe. The target audiences for the ICCE are National Representative Bodies responsible for coach development; International Federations; institutions that deliver coach education or represent coaches; individuals who design and deliver coach education; coaches; and the international sport community at large.

As a not-for-profit organisation, ICCE has nearly 20 years of experience in the development of initiatives to promote coaching at all levels of the continuum and works tirelessly in both the development of training opportunities and the creation and promotion of relevant sport coaching policies at national and international levels.

The ICCE has been leading on the international collaboration and knowledge exchange that has accelerated positive changes in coaching development. The outcomes of the ICCE’s on-going work are: A network of national and international organisations responsible for the development of coaches in their respective nations and/or sport; International accords on coaching issues such as ethics, safety, and knowledge/competency; an international coaching culture that supports the values of integrity, honesty, fairness, inclusion, tolerance, and commitment to excellence.


International cooperation and partnerships include the International Olympic Committee, Association of Summer Olympic International Federations, Association of Olympic International Winter Federations, World Anti Doping Agency, EU Sport Unit and a number of European and global sport-based organisations.

Currently, ICCE is e.g. partner of the EU ERASMUS+ funded project SCORE (Strengthening Coaching with the Objective to Raise Equality) and the SPEACH project. ICCE is based at, and works closely with Leeds Metropolitan University in the development of the Sport Coaching Strategy of the institute, and in the development and delivery of their programmes in coaching and coach development.

The European Coaching Council (ECC) is a formally established continental body for Europe of the International Council for Coaching Excellence. The European Coaching Council works with appropriate agencies to support the identification, promotion, and implementation of best practice across Europe; the development and promotion of a European Code of Ethics and Conduct for Coaches; collaboration and exchange of practice, work, and staff of the leading national agencies for coaching within member countries; provision of an effective lobby and source of expert advice to the European Commission on issues effecting coaching.