Coaches Association of Ontario

Coaches Association of Ontario

April 15, 2010 10:15 ET

Ontario Coaches Week: Celebrating the Positive Influence of Coaches

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 15, 2010) - In the afterglow of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver, Canadians have been inspired to get of the couch and make a positive difference in their communities. As a new generation of young athletes prepares to participate in sport and organized physical activity, the Coaches Association of Ontario (CAO) hopes to increase the number of qualified coaches so that children can reach their dreams and have the opportunity to represent their school, their province or even their country.

From April 17 to 25, 2010 the CAO will host Ontario Coaches Week, a celebration of the province's thousands of community coaches and the positive influence those coaches have on their communities. The theme of the week-long celebration —"Ready, Set, Coach"—reflects the CAO's goal of recruiting, educating, and celebrating Ontario's community coaches. Dozens of Mayors and Town Councils have officially proclaimed the week as "Coaches Week".

"In communities across Ontario, volunteer coaches instill the importance of dedication, teamwork and respect in our athletes – some of the most important lessons they will ever learn. In recognition of these coaches, the McGuinty government is pleased to support the Coaches Association of Ontario through programs such as the National Coaching Certification Program, the Quest for Gold Enhanced Coaching program and CAO's annual Ontario Coaches Week." said Margarett Best, Minister of Health Promotion.

Coaches can have a positive impact on a child's self-confidence, and social and physical well- being. Individuals can take up coaching even if they are not highly athletic people with extensive sport backgrounds.

Throughout the week, free workshops will target new coaches including women, aboriginals, and youth. Also planned are a wide range of fun and interactive events providing coaches, from the novice to the veteran, with access to experienced coaches, free resources, and networking opportunities.

The schedule includes:

  • NCCP Free Days, delivering National Coaching Certification Program courses for up to 500 coaches in 30 communities.
  • Free Women-only NCCP Course
  • Free NCCP Aboriginal Coaching Module
  • A "Thanks Coach" reception hosted by the Ministry of Health Promotion.

The week-long celebration is funded by Ontario's Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport Canada. Visit www.coachesontario.ca for a complete listing of workshop dates and locations.

The Coaches Association of Ontario is an independent, non-profit, coach-led organization that strengthens development opportunities and provides resources, representation and recognition for coaches in a variety of contexts.

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