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Coaches in Canadian sport
Sport plays an important role in the lives of many Canadians. Quality
coaching is key to a positive sport experience for participants.
Sport, government, and business leaders recommend that all coaches
become trained and certified in the National Coaching Certification
Program (NCCP) to ensure that the sport experience of every
participant is a good one.
What is the NCCP?
The NCCP is a collaborative program of the Government of Canada, the
provincial/territorial governments, the
national/provincial/territorial sport federations, and the Coaching
Association of Canada. The NCCP is a training and certification
program for coaches, offered across Canada in more than 60 sports. The
program was designed to meet the needs of a wide range of coaches -
from those who introduce youngsters to sport to those who work with
Canada's high performance athletes.
Since its inception, more than 875,000 coaches have
taken part in NCCP activities that have helped them to develop the
skills, knowledge, and attitudes required to coach effectively.
The NCCP prepares coaches to better meet the needs of
all participants in sport, provide a positive sport experience to
participants, and provide opportunities for participants to achieve
their full potential in and through sport.
A program in transition
The NCCP is currently undergoing a transition to a competency-based
approach, in which a coach is trained and may achieve certification to
coach a specific type of participant in a particular coaching
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