National Coaches Week in Ontario

National Coaches Week is a week to celebrate the tremendous positive impact coaches have on athletes and communities across Canada. This week is an opportunity to recognize coaches for the integral role they play by simply saying #ThanksCoach.

  1. Explore the Participation GuideThe National Coaches Week Participation Guide contains everything you need to make National Coaches Week a success for your coach, team, and organization.
  2. Enjoy FREE or discounted NCCP education: During National Coaches Week, coaches can diversify their coaching knowledge with free or discounted NCCP education. Courses to be released and made publicly available the first week of September.
  3. Say #ThanksCoach on social media: Follow National Coaches Week on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #CoachesWeek and #ThanksCoach. You can also use the National Coaches Week Facebook profile frame throughout the week to show your support.
  4. Join a community event: Organize a community event to say #ThanksCoach, or join one taking place in your province or territory. Submit your event to our new National Coaches Week Event Calendar or use it to find an event near you!
  5. Say ‘Thanks, Coach’ with a National Coaches Week Gift: Show your appreciation for everything your coaches do for you, your team, and your community with a National Coaches Week-branded notebook or backpackNow available through our eStore.
  • Missed the live premiere on September 19? Catch the recap of the event, hosted by 2x World Champion, Olympian, Author, TV Host & Broadcaster, Perdita Felicien!

The Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards celebrates the dedication and commitment of Ontario’s great coaches. The Awards recognize the importance of leadership, performance and the value of human insight which are all integral to great coaching.

The awards will be a live premiered event to help celebrate our 10 awards winners:

Grassroots Coach Winners – Alyssa Smith and Craig Campbell

School Sport Coach Winners – Marsha Ashfield and Mike Stenning

Good-to-Great Award Winners – Teresa Mikola and Karl Sutton

Hydro One Safe Play Award – Patricia Howes

Everyone Matters Coach Award Winner – Jaison King

Susan Kitchen Trailblazer Coach Award Winners – Hani Kanama

Andy Higgins Lifetime Achievement Winner – Jos Nederveen

Nominate a coach in your community and WIN $500!

CAO & Hydro One’s new Safe Sport 101 partnership will be sponsoring a series of timely and low-cost workshops. Both the NCCP Make Ethical Decisions & Empower+ workshops will be available for coaches from September 20-27. Each course is $10, to register please see below.

About our partnership with Hydro One

Hydro One is committed to building safe communities. Through our partnership, we are launching Safe Sport 101, a new virtual hub where coaches can gain access to the safety tools and resources they need year-round. Together we are helping to build a culture of safety both physically and emotionally for coaches and athletes across Ontario.

Safe Sport 101 partnership between CAO and Hydro Oone.

New this year, the CAO will be providing professional development webinars and lunchtime Q&A sessions from sports experts! Both of these opportunities will be FREE to coaches all during National Coaches Week in Ontario.

Coach Lunch & Learns

Our lunch and learn sessions will be held each day from 12 PM – 1 PM EST. Each session will include 30 minutes of open Q&A from participants (that’s you!), so bring your questions! Don’t miss this opportunity to get answers to your burning sport leadership questions. Each session will allow participants to gain 1 PD point while hearing from top sports experts.

Did we mention that the lunch & learn sessions will be hosted by courtside reporter Raptors 905 & NBATV Canada’s Akil Augustine?!

Professional Development Webinars

Our evening professional development webinars will be held from 7 PM – 8 PM EST. Each session will allow participants to gain 1 PD point while hearing from top sports experts.

CAO has teamed up with a handful of Provincial Sport Organizations (PSO) to deliver discounted sport-specific courses during National Coaches Week!

Interested in taking a course? Please see the list of available PSO’s taking part:

Landmarks from across the province will light up blue, gold and red through September 19th – 27th in support of National Coaches Week in Ontario.

If you are an Ontario Club/Organization you can order a FREE National Coaches Week Flag by simply filling out the form HERE