Coaches Association of Ontario

Coaches Association of Ontario

April 17, 2009 10:00 ET

Ontario Coaches Week: Celebrating the Positive Influence of Coaches

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 17, 2009) - As children all over Ontario prepare for a new season of sport and organized physical activity, the Coaches Association of Ontario hopes to increase the number of coaches so that all Ontario children can play sports. Coaches can have a positive impact on a child's self-confidence, and social and physical well-being.

From April 18 to 26, 2009 Ontario's towns and cities will celebrate the thousands of 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 recognizing coaches. Dozens of Mayor's and Town Councils have officially proclaimed the week as "Coaches Week."

"Community coaches are positive role models for our children and youth and inspire us to lead active, healthy lives through sport participation," said Margarett Best, Ontario's Minister of Health Promotion. "Coaches help our children develop values such as hard work, discipline and team work. I want to thank our coaches for their vital contribution to community life in Ontario."

Throughout the week, FREE workshops will target new coaches.

The schedule includes:

- NCCP Free Days, delivering National Coaching Certification Program courses for 400 coaches in 20 communities

- Ready, Set, Coach workshops for sport parents

- Women-in-Coaching Networking event

- "Thanks Coach" poster contest for elementary school students across Ontario.

- Coach Appreciation Day at the Toronto Blue Jays Game on April 18, 2009

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 workshops.

The CAO is an independent, non-profit, coach-led organization that strengthens development opportunities and provides resources, representation and recognition for coaches.

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