Coach 2 Coach – Female Mentorship Program

The Coach 2 Coach Female Mentorship program aims to retain female coaches in sport through 1-to-1 mentorship, and access to training resources and support.

Why Girls Need Sport

Participating in sports turns girls into women who lead. Studies show that individual self-confidence, self-worth and academic performance all improve when girls are regularly playing at least one sport.

Women Coaches Make a Difference

Research shows that girls’ participation in sport increases when a female coach is on the bench. Young girls want and need strong role models who can show them the path to their own leadership opportunities.

“Had I not had my mentor & this program in my corner, I’d have hung it up after 7 seasons of coaching house league sport.”
Coach Theresa, hockey, apprentice

  • Provide a mentorship model for female coaches in Ontario – within and across sports
  • Provide a resource hub for apprentice coaches to build and enhance their skills, abilities and knowledge
  • Provide female coaches from a variety of sports with an opportunity to learn from highly trained coaches and experts across the province
  • Create a broader pool of coaches with qualifications and tools that meet the requirements for participating in coaching, from grassroots to competition development
  • Engage the system through PSO’s, education sector partnerships and community groups province-wide to cultivate an environment for balanced leadership
  • Build lasting supportive relationships between and among coaches to create a legacy program that is sustainable

How does CAO make matches?

  • When matching mentors and apprentice coaches, the needs and goals identified by each individual in their application will be analyzed and considered.
  • Followed by sport, location, age of athletes, career path, special target group coaching, years of experience between apprentice and mentor.
  • Sport specific vs. multi-sport

If apprentices have already coordinated a match with a mentor they can let the CAO staff know.


  • Women who want to become a coach for the first time, OR an existing coach looking to grow further as a coach and leader

Participants receive:

  • 1-to-1 mentorship with an experienced mentor who will work with them to develop an individual learning plan
  • Honorarium for professional development
  • Free access to online PD webinars
  • An online community of coaches
  • Online resource hub

Access the CAC Mentee Mentorship Guide


  • Experienced coaches who want to get involved in supporting female apprentices in their coach and leadership development (Both male and female coaches accepted as mentors)

Participants receive:

  • NCCP Mentorship training
  • Support, resources and  professional development
  • Mentor honorarium

    Access the CAC Mentor Mentorship Guide

    • Applications open: December 11, 2023
    • Program duration: January – June 2024
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    Contact Us

    If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Sarah Kelly, 416-426-7064.

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