At Special Olympics we believe that one of the key ways to enrich the lives of athletes with an intellectual disability is to have quality volunteers and coaches at the grassroots level. We strive to achieve this goal by paying for initial and continued coaching seminars and courses.
With a passion for sport and with the appropriate level of sport technical knowledge, our coaches become leaders who will train athletes at all levels of competition and activity.
To help build the skills of the coach, we have created courses in collaboration with the Coaching Association of Canada and within the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). The NCCP is Canada’s recognized training and certification program that serves a wide range of coaches, from those who introduce sport to beginners to those working with high-performance athletes.
Our NCCP coaching program focuses on what a coach can do, instead of what a coach knows. It provides the knowledge and skills that will lead to enhanced ability and attitudes to successfully coach in the Special Olympics environment, ultimately giving the athletes the best sporting experience.
Deciding to become a coach with Special Olympics provides you with an opportunity that can become incredibly rewarding. You gain the chance to help athletes develop the tools they need for a positive experience in sport and life, whether in competitive or community-related sports.