90 per cent of Canadians believe sport will play a key role in helping society rebuild and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a recent Abacus Data survey, 90 per cent of Canadians said they believe sport will play a key role in helping society to rebuild and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Sport and recreation allow for the creation of strong social bonds and foster a sense of community, both of which have been challenged during these past months.
With the pandemic challenging the way we play sport, coaches and leaders will need the right resources to ensure athletes can continue to train at home and return to sport safely. To support the new ways coaches are navigating sport, Hydro One and the Coaches Association of Ontario (CAO) have developed Safe Sport 101, a new virtual hub that provides coaches with the tools to keep sport safe, fun and inclusive for all participants. The hub has resources to both support in-person activities when they are deemed safe and to empower coaches with tips and resources to coach virtually.
“We need coaches to have the resources necessary to continue supporting athletes and participants as they navigate this challenging time,” said Jeremy Cross, CAO Executive Director. “This partnership with Hydro One provides coaches with the tools they need to be there for their community throughout the pandemic and moving forward, while keeping safety top of mind.”
“Coaches play an important role in facilitating programs for youth that enhance their physical and mental well-being while keeping them socially connected which is particularly important during this challenging time,” said Jay Armitage, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Hydro One. “We have a responsibility to support community resilience across the province, and are proud to partner with the Coaches Association of Ontario to develop new online safety resources for coaches at a time when they are needed most.”
Coaches and leaders need to be equipped with the right knowledge to create a safe environment for athletes, following the advice of local public health units. Through Safe Sport 101, whether virtually or in-person, coaches have additional tools to support physical and emotional safety for athletes across the province.
Four tips for coaches navigating this time:
Prioritizing safety requires careful planning and implementation to enhance the overall sport experience for all. Coaches can find more safety tips at https://safesport101.coachesontario.ca/ to find the tools and resources to keep sport safe, positive and fun.
Giving coaches the tools they need to make sport safe
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This is a Competition Introduction multi-sport course. With the workshop you will be able to analyze certain coaching situations to determine if they promote learning.
This is a Competition Development multi-sport course. After completing this module, you will be able to manage administrative aspects of the program and oversee logistics.
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NCCP Psychology of Performance will allow you to help athletes learn to manage distractions and use visualization techniques to prepare themselves technically and tactically for training and competition.
By completing the NCCP Planning a Practice module you will be able to organize a well-structured practice plan with safe, age-appropriate activities you’ve designed to match the proficiency level of participants.
This is a Competition Introduction multi-sport course. By completing this module you will be able to create a sound outline for your sport program that includes competition and training events.
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