Research and Information Services

Information for Coaches

The Information Centre houses a comprehensive collection of 600 books on coaching and sports science. The collection covers general works on coaching, training methods, strength training, nutrition, psychology, sports science, sports medicine and coaching individual sports. Items are available on loan to accredited coaches. The Centre subscribes to a number of journals of interest to coaches, many of them from overseas. Useful articles are highlighted in a regular bulletin for coaches – Sportsinfo – and photocopies can be provided subject to copyright.

The Centre also provides access to Sport Discus, which contains over 700,000 international references on sport. Updated on a monthly basis, Sport Discus is in CD Rom format. For those coaches unable to visit the Information Centre, Sportscan, provided by the Australian Institute of Sport, provides a less comprehensive database of references. It includes coverage of coaching and training methods, sports science and sports medicine.

The following Websites contain useful information for coaches.

Coaches’ Information Service

The Coaches' Information Service is designed to deliver the latest sports science information to sports practitioners including coaches, participants, physical educators and practitioners in the medical health vocations that have a sports focus.

Peak Performance

Provides sports science information of use to coaches. The information is organised on a sport by sport basis and also under subject headings.

Sports Coach UK

Contains a wealth of information including advice on how to improve your coaching, coaching factsheets, research on coaching, and details of events and courses.


A good source of coaching resources including books, videos, DVDs, CD Roms and coaching aids.

UK Coaching Certificate

Contains information about the UK Coaching Certificate including key documents and details of research about how the award has been implemented and developed.

Australian Sports Commission

Includes a large section for coaches which contains much useful material including comprehensive information on coaching topics and tools and tips for new coaches.

Coaching Association of Canada

This Website includes Tips and Tools for Coaches, and sections on Women in Coaching, Sports Nutrition and Sports Science and Research.