Coaching for a
Greater Purpose

19-21 August 2022
Hosted by: International School of Brussels, Belgium
WHAT WE DO IS BIGGER THAN TEACHING THE X'S AND O'S OF OUR PARTICULAR SPORT, WE TEACH THE Y'S OF LIFE THROUGH THE MEDIUM OF ATHLETIC COMPETITION. 

The conference will feature speakers from the world of sports such as the keynote, John O'Sullivan, and we will be searching for coaches interested in presenting on a wide variety of topics. 

More details on the conference to come.  

 
 

Keynote Speaker

John O'Sullivan
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John O’Sullivan is an internationally known TEDx Speaker and the founder of the Changing the Game Project, which he started in 2012. John is the author of two #1 bestselling books and a leading youth sports blogger and he is the host of the top-rated Way of Champions coaching podcast. He is a former collegiate and professional soccer player who has coached for more than 20 years at the youth, high school and college level, and he has served as a consultant for the United States Olympic Committee, US Soccer, USA Football, US Lacrosse, USA Swimming, Ireland Rugby, Aussie Rules Football, and many more.

 
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About

Who is behind this conference?

The Coaching for a Greater Purpose (CPG) Alliance 
The alliance is a group of five schools who have agreed to support the creation of a recurring coaches conference aimed at international school coaches. The following five schools have made a commitment to support the conference and act as hosts in a rotation schedule:

International School of Brussels
International School of Düsseldorf
Copenhagen International School
American School London
Frankfurt International School

By bringing coaches from across Europe together the alliance aims to help raise the level of coaching and to provide coaches with an opportunity to forge relationships “across enemy lines”. 

The concept of “greater purpose” is a way to put to words the desire to create opportunities for coaches to learn about how they can make an impact on their players, teams, communities, and the world beyond. Sports can be a powerful tool for leveraging change and having a positive impact on young people so it seemed very clear from the start that this should be the focus of this conference. 

The hope is that the CGP Conference will rotate from one school in the alliance to another every eighteen months. By rotating hosts the hope is that the conference has a fresh perspective and a geographical shift that provides some equity in terms of costs and travel requirements. 

 

ISB is proud to host the first conference of what we hope to be many. 

 

CGP Schedule Overview

This schedule overview will continue to be updated as the event approaches. You can see a live Google Doc with details on the Sessions here

Have a look at the exciting opportunities now and be sure to check again in the near future. 

Friday 19 August

17:00 Registration Opens

High School Ground Floor ​

The CGP staff will be waiting to welcome you and provide you with your CGP Swag Bag along with all the information you will need. Feel free to hang out, network with other coaches and take advantage of a few refreshments before the festivities begin. 

 18:15 The Opening Address

High School Atrium

The conference will kick off with a welcome message by the Athletic and Activities Director at the International Director, Lee Rosky, and an Opening Address by John O'Sullivan.

 19:00 The Opening Conversation ​

The CGP Conference is all about creating conversations, having the chance to talk to other coaches or administrators about the challenges we face, what works and what does not. The conference will start with a panel discussion based on questions or topics from conference participants. The panel will include several colleagues including John O’Sullivan and Marc Theeboom. The conversation will be facilitated by ISB’s own Bryan Fischer and Erin Marsh.

20:00 Social

High School Ground Floor

It would not be a trip to Brussels with enjoying a couple of Belgian’s finest beers….or another beverage of your choosing. The Friday night social will be an opportunity to get to know other participants and enjoy being face to face again. Beverages and light snacks will be provided as a part of the conference fee.

Saturday 20 August

08:45 Active Start

Various locations around campus

Both days of the conference will have an active start where all participants will have the opportunity to start the day by getting the body moving in one way or another. The final registration form will feature the specific activities for each day, but the options will include:

  • Guided Strongbox workout

  • Guided run of Cross Country routes in ISB Forest

  • Try a new game called You.Fo

  • Yoga

  • Wall Climbing

10:00 John O'Sullivan Keynote Address

High School Atrium

Our keynote speaker will be in the HS Atrium to deliver a talk on various issues related to the theme of coaching for a greater purpose and how we can all have a positive impact as coaches.

10:45 Coffee/Tea/Snack Break

11:15 Workshop Session One

High School Ground Floor

High School

Workshop Session One

Different sessions will be available for participants to choose from:

  • Workshops by coaches and administrators on topics related to the conference theme.

  • “Roundtable” sessions for coaches, AD’s or administrators in small groups. 

  • Interactive “hands on” sessions on various CGP topics. 

12:15 Lunch

Lunch will be provided for all participants

13:30 Workshop Session Two

Workshop Session Two

Different sessions will be available for participants to choose from:

  • Workshops by coaches and administrators on topics related to the conference theme.

  • “Roundtable” sessions for coaches, AD’s or administrators in small groups. 

  • Interactive “hands on” sessions on various CGP topics. 

14:45 Workshop Session Three

Workshop Session Three

Different sessions will be available for participants to choose from:

  • Workshops by coaches and administrators on topics related to the conference theme.

  • “Roundtable” sessions for coaches, AD’s or administrators in small groups. 

  • Interactive “hands on” sessions on various CGP topics. 

16:15 Day One Debrief Continuing the Conversation

At the end of a busy day and before we hit the food trucks we will have a chance to “check in” with a set of panelists that will include John O’Sullivan along with coaches and administrators. We will be focused on what we learned so far, the questions that remain and what we would like to get out of the next day.

17:00 Apéro 

The day will not have an official end time. Participants can choose to do some sightseeing, go back to their hotel or just hang out for a while with colleagues at ISB….until we eventually kick you out!

Sunday 21 August

08:45 Active Start

Various locations around campus

Both days of the conference will have an active start where all participants will have the opportunity to start the day by getting the body moving in one way or another. The final registration form will feature the specific activities for each day, but the options will include:

  • Guided Strongbox workout

  • Guided run of Cross Country routes in ISB Forest

  • Ultimate Frisbee

  • Yoga

  • Wall Climbing

10:00 Workshop Session Four

High School

Workshop Session Four

Different sessions will be available for participants to choose from:

  • Workshops by coaches and administrators on topics related to the conference theme.

  • “Roundtable” sessions for coaches, AD’s or administrators in small groups. 

  • Interactive “hands on” sessions on various CGP topics. 

10:45 Coffee/Tea/Snack Break

11:15 Workshop Session Five

High School Ground Floor

High School

Workshop Session Five

Different sessions will be available for participants to choose from:

  • Workshops by coaches and administrators on topics related to the conference theme.

  • “Roundtable” sessions for coaches, AD’s or administrators in small groups. 

  • Interactive “hands on” sessions on various CGP topics. 

12:45 Closing Conversation

And finally we will be looking to wrap things up for the first ever CGP Conference by welcoming a new set of panelists to the stage. The conversation will focus on what we have learned during this event and what we would like to accomplish before the next CGP. 

13:30 CGP Conference Comes to a Close

 

Sponsors and Partners

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