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. The ICCE aims to:

1. Promote sport coaching as a blended professional area.
2. Foster international relationships, social and cultural, with those who are engaged in coaching education.
3. Champion sport and sport-values.
4. Develop and utilize research in the field of training and competition.
5. Exchange knowledge in the field of coaching.
6. Disseminate information about curricula, qualifying standards, and any other relevant topics  amongst members.
7. Co-ordinate coach education courses and resources across member countries.
8. Promote a moral code in coaching.
9. Improve relationships among Coach – Management – Athlete.
10. Create professional publications in the field of coaching education and development
11. Encourage and assist countries, in the field of coach education and development

The ICCE is uniquely qualified to address its mission because its members comprise the world’s leaders in coaching development. Its members are spread across all continents and generally all countries strong in sport have their representation in the organisation.

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:
• Application of the Rio Maior Convention on the Recognition of Coaching Competence and Qualifications to the needs of EU member states, international federations, and the higher education sector
• Development of the profession and of the skills and competences of sport coaches at all levels
• Development of a European-wide view on the coaching profession and the convergence of coaching and coach education, development, and employment
• Identification, promotion, and implementation of best practice across Europe
• Development and promotion of a European Code of Ethics and Conduct for Coaches
• Collation and publication of research data on coaching and coach activity across Europe
• Identifying the needs of organisations employing and deploying coaches
• Identifying and promoting good employment/deployment practice for paid and unpaid (volunteer) 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