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Become a Coach Webinar

Do you want to give back to your community?
Do you want to help youth get active, less screen-time and more play?
Do you want to reconnect with a sport you love?
… Then maybe you’re a coach!

This free webinar will cover everything you need to get started coaching sport. If you’re a new coach, considering coaching for the first time, or just want to learn what coaching is all about, this webinar is right for you! We’ll take the guesswork out of coaching. View the webinar below!

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Ready to become a coach?

Coaching offers a unique opportunity to make a meaningful impact in the lives of others and your community. By sharing your passion for sports and physical activity, you will inspire and mentor athletes, instilling valuable life skills such as teamwork, discipline, and resilience.

Read on to learn about why people take up coaching, who should do it, what it’s like, and how to get started.

The coaching experience

The two biggest motivators for becoming a coach are giving back to your community and staying connected to one’s sport. People also take up coaching to stay active and connect with others. Coaches keep coaching because of the impact they have on their athletes, the relationships they build, and the way coaching has benefited their own personal growth.

Do you want to make a difference in someone’s life?

Coaches are most proud of teaching others and helping them learn, grow, and develop. As a coach, you will have the chance to foster personal growth, boost self-confidence, and cultivate a sense of belonging among your athletes. Witnessing the progress and achievements of your athletes can be immensely rewarding.

Coaching benefits you as well.

As a coach, you will gain valuable leadership and communication skills, personal development and confidence. The sense of community and camaraderie formed within the team environment can lead to lasting relationships and a profound sense of belonging. Ultimately, coaching not only positively impacts the athletes but also enriches the coach’s own life in many ways.

“Coaching has given me a sense of pride that I have given something back to my community.”

Did you know? 98% of coaches say it is a positive experience

Coaching is practiced by Ontarians of every age, race, ability, sexual orientation, income, and level of education.

Coaching is for everyone.

Anyone with a passion for both sports and mentoring should consider becoming a coach. Whether you’re a former athlete, a dedicated fan, or simply someone who enjoys working with people, coaching offers a rewarding opportunity to make a positive impact.

Individuals who are patient, enthusiastic, and committed to helping others develop their skills and character are natural coaches. Those who value teamwork, leadership, and personal growth will find fulfillment in guiding and inspiring young athletes both on and off the field. Becoming a coach is not just about teaching the game; it’s about fostering a supportive environment where athletes can thrive and learn valuable life lessons.

Great times to take up coaching:

  • You’re a parent and looking to spend more time with your child
  • You’re an athlete transitioning out of a competitive role and want to stay involved
  • You want to reconnect with a sport you love
  • You’re looking to connect with your community
  • You’re ready to take on a new challenge for personal growth

One in four Ontarians will coach at some point in their lifetime. Maybe now is your time.

Did you know? On average a coach impacts 100+ athletes over their coaching lifetime.

Coaching involves not only teaching the fundamentals of the sport but also imparting invaluable life skills such as teamwork, discipline, and resilience. As a coach, you become a mentor, motivator, and role model for your team, shaping their character both on and off the field.

It’s a journey filled with highs and lows, from the excitement of victories to the challenges of setbacks, but through it all, the sense of community and camaraderie among players and fellow coaches is immensely fulfilling.

Coach is not just about the game itself; it’s about making a lasting impact on the lives of young athletes and contributing positively to your community.

Did you know? 9 in 10 coaches feel that coaching has benefited them in areas of their life outside of sport.

Ontario needs more coaches.

65% of coaches say their club has a hard time finding enough coaches to fill its coaching needs each year. Sport doesn’t happen without sport leaders. We need you.

How to get started?

A sport you love, have played, or are interested in, is the best place to start. For parents, a sport your child is currently playing is a great choice as well.

Do I need to know all the technical stuff about the sport?

Absolutely not. All coaches in Canada receive training through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). Your sport has a 1-2 day NCCP course that will teach you all the technical skills you need to coach in a given Context (age range, competitive level).

The cornerstone of NCCP Training. A must for all coaches

Ok coach, you’ve got your sport and you’re ready go. Next up is locating some athletes.

Here is how to find a club:

  1. If you are already connected to a club (you’ve played there, or your child plays there) start with that club
  2. If someone you know coaches at a nearby club, that’s the second best place to start
  3. Third option is a quick google search of nearby clubs for your sport
  4. If you’re total stuck, contact your Provincial Sport Organization

Now, reach out by phone or email to your club contact, clubs admin, or coaching friend with a message about volunteering as a coach.

Starting as an Assistant Coach to an existing Head Coach is a great way to begin. It usually involves less commitment, provides you with an experienced mentor, and gets you involved right away. Many head coaches will take on an assistant mid-season.

Take your coaching to the next level & sign up today!

Developing as a coach can take on many forms: NCCP training, mentoring, reading, events, and of course coaching experience.

Depending on your sport, you may be able to start right away as an assistant coach. Other sports require a few more NCCP courses before starting. Almost all head coaching positions required sport specific NCCP training.

If you need any help identifying your coach education pathway, speak to the CAO by phone (416) 426-7086 or by email

How to create an NCCP# to register for NCCP Courses

You have a sport, a club, and some training. Time to get out there and start coaching.

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Continue your Development!

Welcome to the big wide world of coaching. You’ve started on your path, had some successes, but know there is so much more to learn. With all the books, events, videos, and courses where should you start?

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