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Coaches Week in Ontario

Monday, September, 28, 2015

This September 19th - 27th is your chance to celebrate all the great coaches in Ontario with National Coaches Week in Canada. After nine years of hosting the Ontario Coaches Week, the Coaches Association of Ontario (CAO) partnered with the 12 other privinces and the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) to develop National Coaches Week 2015.

Engage coaches by saying thank you when you see them walking in the halls, opening the gym, or out behind the school by the track. You can join the movement by officially thanking them through the CAO website, or by hashtagging #ThanksCoach on social media like Twitter or Instagram.

To kick off the week-long celebrations the CAO hosted the Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards in Toronto, where OFSAA selected Mark Lewis and Darlene Denniss as the two recipients of the School Sport Coach award. Their tribute videos can be watched below! Teacher-coaches Mark Yanchus (Good-to-Great Coach) and Stacey Ditchfield (Trailblazer) were also honoured by the CAO with awards for their contributions to coaching.

In celebration of National Coaches Week in Ontario, CAO has partnered with host communities and sport organizations across the province to deliver a week long campaign, including NCCP Free Days, which aims to recruit, develop, educate and celebrate community volunteer coaches around the province. The CAO will recruit and train more than 200 coaches during the week with the help of our many enthusiastic partners! See all the events here.

The program to recruit Ontario’s Coaching Future this past year was a great success.  The Coaches Helping Coaches Program embodies the CAO’s “Coaches Helping Coaches” philosophy by offering encouragement, support and recognition to coaches in the community that actively mentor and develop the newer coaches.  Find out more about the coaches from the program last year and for details on future program opportunities.

Find all the details of Coaches Week in Ontario and resources for new coaches HERE