Let's recognize the outstanding work of the coaches who are great role models for our athletes and youth
GATINEAU, QC, Sept. 24, 2018 /CNW/ - Coaches across Canada are great role models for our athletes and youth. These hard-working and dedicated men and women, from the grassroots to professional levels, are helping Canadians live active, healthy lives.
Our government is proud to join the Coaching Association of Canada in recognizing the outstanding work of Canadian coaches during National Coaches Week, which takes place from September 22 to 30.
In all, our government supports more than 300,000 coaches across the country registered with 56 federally funded national sport organizations, from soccer to ice skating, for their education and certification.
We have provided over $22.9 million to support Canadian coaches in the past two years, because we know how valuable coaches are to the success of amateur and high-performance athletes.
This includes $18.7 million in 2017 for the salaries and professional development of more than 300 national team coaches who contribute to the success of Canadian athletes at major international games and senior world championships.
As well, our government announced another $4.2 million in Budget 2018 to the Coaching Association of Canada for its management of the National Coaching Certification Program, the Women in Coaching Program, the Aboriginal Coaching Program and the Professional Coaching Program.
During National Coaches Week, let's recognize the effort, time and energy that coaches invest in ensuring that our athletes have all the skills they need to practise sport and reach their goals. This week, and all year long, you are invited to thank the coaches from your sport community who are dedicated to helping athletes perform and reach their full potential using #ThanksCoach.
"Coaches have a significant influence on the lives of many Canadians, and I would like to take this opportunity during National Coaches Week to commend them for the strong role they play in mentoring and guiding our athletes. I would also like to thank the sporting community for coming together this week to celebrate coaches across this country for contributing to the success of our athletes and for the tremendous positive impact they have on our families and communities."
—The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport
The first National Coaches Week, a Canada-wide celebration of coaches from the grassroots to professional levels, was held in 2015.
The Women in Coaching Program aims to increase the number of women coaches through initiatives such as the Female Coach Mentorship Program, support to the Women Apprentice Program of the Canada Games and apprenticeship programs in university sport, and the publication of the Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching.
In 2017–18, the Aboriginal Coaching Program trained 604 coaches to work with Indigenous athletes in a culturally relevant context. The Coaching Association of Canada also supports the Aboriginal Apprentice Coaching Program of the Canada Games.
Through the Professional Coaching Program, the Coaching Association of Canada is responsible for granting the Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC) designation and the status of Registered Coach to professionals in the field of coaching, setting the standard for professional coaches wishing to demonstrate their commitment to public safety. In 2017–18, the Coaching Association of Canada recognized 466 ChPC coaches and 336 Registered Coaches for a total of 802 coaches.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
For further information: For more information (media only), please contact: Ann Marie Paquet, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Science and Sport, 613-404-2733, [email protected]; Media Relations, Canadian Heritage, 819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155, [email protected]