Thank you to everyone who joined with us in celebration of National Coaches Week in Ontario this year!

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Enjoy some of the highlights of the week that was and the what we did here in Ontario to recruit, develop, and recognize our coaches!

Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards

Ontario Coaching Excellence Award Winners 2016

We kick-started the week by recognizing eleven  outstanding coaches at the Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards. The winners were honoured at a ceremony on Saturday, September 17, at the Varsity Theatre in Toronto. The categories of the Coaching Excellence Awards include Grassroots, Good-to-Great, School Sport, Aboriginal Impact, Trailblazer, Everyone Matters and Andy Higgins Lifetime Achievement. To learn more about the Awards and watch the winner’s videos  CLICK HERE


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Over 200 coaches from across the province received FREE National Coaching Certification Program training during the week. This was made possible with the help of our amazing Host Partners in the communities and some of the Provincial Sport Organizations. Here are some of the highlights:

Fundamental Movement Skills (87 Coaches Trained)

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Clockwise from Top Right: Windsor Workshop, Participants having fun in Stittsville, FMS Fun for Tennis Coaches, Sudbury FMS Class of 2016

5 Fundamental Movement Skills workshops were run during the week across the province with the help of our wonderful hosts in Stittsville (City of Ottawa – Gouldbourne Recreation Complex), Toronto (The Ontario Tennis Association), Sudbury (The Physical Literacry and Active Living Society, Caledon (Town of Caledon), and Windsor (City of Windsor). To learn more about this workshop  CLICK HERE  as we look for great new hosts and communities to offer the course each year during National Coaches Week in Ontario.

Remote Access – Make Ethical Decisions Madness (51 Coaches Trained)

For those individuals in our more remote communities or simply unable to attend a traditional in-class workshop, our remote course option was available to coaches each week night. To learn more about Remote Access  CLICK HERE

Aboriginal Coaching Module (ACM) (18 Coaches Trained)

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In partnership with the Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario, this multi-sport module was run in the communities of Walpole Island and Alderville during the week . The ACM is an essential resource to those that work with, coach and/or supervise Aboriginal peoples in physical activity, recreation and sport. To learn more about this workshop and coaches & leadership development  CLICK HERE.

Sport-Specific NCCP (51 Coaches Trained)

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Thanks to the contributions of Investors Group and CAC, 4 free Community Context Sport-Specific NCCP workshops were held: The first Swimming 101 workshop held in Belleville was entirely free with the support of Swim Ontario; Community cycling coaches enjoyed their workshop at the Milton Velodrome, a legacy of the 2015 Pan Am/ Para Pan Am Games; 20 Coaches in Sudbury completed the Equestrian Theory Workshop and met Deputy Mayor Al Sizer; and the Boxing Apprentice Coach module was held at Leading Edge Boxing Club in Thunder Bay.


We heard the country loud and clear this week in support of coaches on Social Media! The Ontario coaching community was well represented amongst the thousands of Tweets,Posts, Pics, etc. A few of our favourites below or check out #ThankCoach and #CoachesWeek

Thanks for another great week of celebrating our coaches!