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.
  6. Interesting in taking up coaching?: Learn more about becoming a coach at our dedicate page. We take you through the steps to take on this amazing community role, a Coach!

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.

Tune into the LIVE awards show hosted by Olympian and Broadcaster Perdita Felicien on Friday, September 17 @ 7pm to celebrate our 10 awards winners:

Grassroots Coach Winners – Jessica Brown – Figure Skating & Matthew Aslett – Soccer

School Sport Coach Winners – Kelly Gouveia – Multisport, & Colin Ward – Multisport

Good-to-Great Award Winners – Dallas Price – Rugby & Joel Hazzan – Canoe/Kayak

Hydro One Safe Play Award – Zak Lewis – Rowing

Everyone Matters Coach Award Winner – Abderrahim Moussa – Gymnastics

Susan Kitchen Trailblazer Coach Award Winners – Jordan McFarlane – Basketball

Andy Higgins Lifetime Achievement Winner – Darlene Joseph – Figure Skating

About our partnership with Hydro One

Hydro One is committed to building safe communities across Ontario by supporting partnerships and programs that promote safety training and safe play.

Through the Coaches Association of Ontario’s (CAO) partnership with Hydro One, we have launched Safe Sport 101, a virtual hub where coaches can gain access to the safety tools and resources they need to keep sport safe, fun and inclusive year-round. Together we are helping coaches advance physical and emotional safety for athletes across Ontario.

Nominate your coach to win $500!

CAO will be sponsoring a series of timely and low-cost workshops. Both the NCCP Make Ethical Decisions, Mentorship, and Fundamental Movement Skills workshops will be available for coaches from September 18-26. Each course is $10-15.

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 18th – 26th 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