Coaches: Educating People

International Seminar

Church and Sport Section

14-15 May 2015


  • Message of His Holiness Pope Francis to the President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity in occasion of the International Seminar “Coaches: Educating People”

      To the Venerable Brother Cardinal Stanisław Ryłko President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity I give you my cordial greeting and to all the participants in the International Study Seminar on the topic “Coaches: Educating People”, organized by the Church and Sport Section of the Pontifical Council for the Laity. Continuing in your path of reflection and promotion of human and Christian values in sports activity, in this fourth Seminar you have opportunely taken into consideration... Read more
  • International Study Seminar on Sports

    The role of a coach in the training and development of athletes An upcoming Seminar being organized by the Church and Sport Section of the Pontifical Council for the Laity   The Church and Sport Section of the Pontifical Council for the Laity was requested by Saint John Paul II to promote the Christian vision of sport  and to extend through sport the message of Jesus Christ to the whole world. The Section has been working for more than ten years now. During the last few... Read more

Thursday 14 May

Message from the Holy Father Francis to participants ITA

“Coaches: Educating people”
Card. Stanisław Ryłko, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity ITA

Assessment of the work of the Church and Sport section: 2004-2015

The World of Youth and the World of Sports: A challenging combination for today’s coaches
Norbert Müller, Member of the IOC Commission for Olympic Education and Culture (GER) ENG

The biggest challenge: anti-doping training
Gerhard Treutlein - Head of the Center for Doping Prevention, Heidelberg (GER) ENG

Training the Coach and Coaching the Trainer
Raymond McKenna – President of Catholic Athletes for Christ (USA) ENG

Coaches: A mission toward social inclusion.

Irene Villa, Journalist, writer and Paralympic athlete (SPA) SPA
Jaime Fillol Durán, coach and former professional tennis player (CHI) SPA
Kennedy D’Silva, John Paul II Foundation for Sport - Goa, (IND) ENG
Sandra Allen Craig, Head of the Future in Youth - Timor Leste Program (AUS) ENPPPPT2

Celebration of the Eucharist presided by Card. Stanisław Ryłko ITSPENG FRA

Showing of film: “When the Game Stands Tall” USA 2014 (115min)

Friday 15 May

Celebration of the Eucharist presided by Bishop Josef Clemens ITA ENG SPA FRA

The many influences in the life of a coach: fame, money, media, family
Antonio Manicone – Coach and former professional soccer player (ITA) ITA

Coach and Educator: A life’s witness at the service of the human person
Card. George Pell, Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy (AUS)

Testimonies: Sports changed my life

Chris Tiu – Professional Basketball player (PHI) ENG
Massimo Achini – President of CSI (ITA) ITA
Ivan Ramiro Cordoba – Former professional soccer player (COL) SPA
Alison Wanner – FOCUS Missionary of Varsity Catholic (USA) ENG

Presentations from the participants about research studies on the training of coaches

Sonia Beatriz da Silva Gomes (BRA) SPA
Patrick Kelly, SJ (USA) ENG
Kevin Tallec Marston (FRA) ENG
Lee Mirenda DelleMonache (USA) ENG
Agostino Spolti (ITA) ITA
Linda del Rio (USA) ENG
Clark Power & Kristin Sheehan (USA) ENG
Sebastian Paul Passafiume (USA) ENG
John White (USA) ENG

Conclusion of seminar
Bishop Josef Clemens, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity

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