Funding for Coaches

Experts Express Program

Coach competency is an integral aspect of Ontario’s community sport programs. Coaches have the unique capacity to inspire, drive and influence athletes, impacting their pathways to excellence and overall sport experience. The Experts Express Program, offered by the Coaches Association of Ontario, aims to enhance a Coach’s ability to apply various concepts from the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) by providing direct access to experts in five essential fields:

  • Sport Psychology
  • Nutrition
  • Leadership & Management
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Para Sport

Through dedicated training, in either individual or group settings, the Experts Express program generates a connection between club coach and expert that may not otherwise be possible. This provides coaches with the opportunity to better support athlete development, expand on their existing coaching knowledge, and improve their overall coaching program.

This is an annual program run by the Coaches Association of Ontario – released in June/July each year.

Quest for Gold

Apprenticeship Program

The Quest for Gold Coach Apprenticeship program provides financial support for training and development of coaches through Apprentice/Mentor Partnerships. The goal is to develop more coaches to work with high performance athletes in Ontario.

This Apprenticeship Program is a partnership (one on one) consisting of a Mentor coach with an Apprentice coach for one year or season. The aim of this program is to develop more coaches in the Ontario Sport Organization to work with high performance athletes.

  1. Funds: $2,000 per apprentice program
  2. Apprenticeship Structure Ratio: 1 Apprentice:1 Mentor
  3. Time Period: One year or competitive season; applications will be accepted by the CAO on a continuous basis to accommodate winter and summer seasons.
  4. Who is Eligible: A coach is only eligible for this program once in a lifetime. Apprentices must be a minimum of Competition- Introduction, Instruction- Beginners trained or level 2 certified. They must also be an Ontario resident in good standing with their PSO. Mentor/Master coaches have no restrictions.

The Ontario Curling Council accepts applications for nominations annually.

Bursary Program

Quest for Gold – Coach Bursaries are available from the Coaches Association of Ontario for coaches who are training and certifying within the “Competition Stream”. Both training and evaluation fees are eligible expenses. Under this program, coaches receive reimbursement for up to 70% of NCCP course fees, but funds are applicable only for eligible in-person workshops (and evaluations). Details and program application details can be found at the Coaches Association of Ontario website.

Coaches Helping Coaches

The Coaches Helping Coaches program, developed as part of National Coaches Week in Ontario, was created with the purpose of recruiting and supporting new coaches in the province. It embodies the Coaching Association of Ontario’s “Coaches Helping Coaches” philosophy by offering encouragement, support and recognition to coaches in the community who actively mentor and develop newer coaches.  In addition to the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), the CAO and the Ontario Curling Council understand that mentorship and learning from other coaches plays an important role in a coach’s education.

With funding and support from the CAO, mentor coaches receive:

  • A designated CAO staff member to contact for the duration of the program;
  • A $200 honorarium for their role as a mentor;
  • FREE CAO Blue membership ($20 value);
  • Free admittance to the Ontario Coaches Conference’s Professional Development sessions (over $200 value);
  • Professional Development points towards their Maintenance of Certification.

New coaches under this program receive:

  • A designated CAO staff member to contact for the duration of the program;
  • $100 towards their coaching education (course fees, travel, coaching expenses, etc.);
  • FREE CAO Blue membership ($20 value);
  • Free admittance to the Ontario Coaches Conference’s Professional Development sessions (over $200 value).

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