The Jumpstart into Coaching program is focused on the development of life skills, teamwork and leadership experience through sport for the youth within equity-seeking communities across Ontario. Through training and mentorship opportunities, this program will provide participants with the tools to become grassroots, provincial and national level coaches in their respective sports, free of cost.
“Every child deserves a champion—an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.”
– Rita Pierson (TedTalks, Educator)
Ontario youth (ages 16-25) that are interested in becoming coaches AND also self-identify with an equity-seeking group, such as but not limited to;
Youth (16-25) get your code today!
The first part of the program aims to engage with 500 youth coaches from the target groups, providing free NCCP Coach Initiation in Sport training. This online training module will provide an introduction to becoming a coach and serve as a first step for youth to get their jumpstart into coaching.
The second part of the program will build off of this first step, providing free education, mentorship, and coaching experience to eligible youth program applicants that are selected. These mentorship opportunities are coordinated in collaboration with the Ontario Basketball Association and Ontario Soccer.
These participants will receive:
So you’ve finished the NCCP Coach Initiation in Sport module and now you want to explore becoming a coach. Here’s how you can get started!
A sport you love, have played, or are interested in, is the best place to start.
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).
Now you’ve got your sport! Next up is locating somewhere to coach.
Here is how to find a club:
Now, its time for you reach out by phone or email to your club contact, clubs admin, or coaching friend with a message about volunteering as a coach.
If you need help finding a club, a coaching role, a sport you’re interested in, training that is right for you, or anything in between, don’t hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Coaches Association of Ontario is here to help you navigate becoming a coach!
If you’d like to stay up to date on the coaching education, programs, and events at CAO, you can sign up for our mailing list here.
Now you have a sport, a club/organization, and the CAO community. Let’s get you coaching!
Already know you want to be a Soccer Coach?! Let us know you’re interested in applying for Part Two of the program by clicking “I’m Interested” and providing your contact information.
If your club/organization is active in this space and want to better support your youth or get involved with the Jumpstart into Coaching program, please contact email@example.com.