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Coach/Volunteer training

What is a Coach?    

As a Special Olympics coach, you bring enthusiasm, commitment, and a positive attitude to each practice, event, and competition, enriching the lives of the athletes you meet. In return, you develop relationships with athletes who inspire you with their dedication, perseverance, and courage. Coaches represent many different roles to many different people. Coaches are viewed as teachers, mentors, role models, and as leaders in the community in which they become involved. Coaches who contribute to the community have an enormous effect on the development of our youth, and participate in a great learning experience.

The Community Council of Special Olympics, Brockville and Area is committed to providing training to its volunteers and coaches. As funds and needs dictate training opportunities, such as NCCP courses, and First Aid, will be provided to interested volunteers, see below.

National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP)  

Special Olympics Brockville and Area recommends that all coaches become certified in the new National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). The new NCCP is specifically designed to train coaches to be able to meet the needs of the specific participants/athletes they are working with. Coaches will learn to plan safe and effective practices, design meaningful season plans, teach appropriate sport skills to athletes, and many other important aspects of coaching.

The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) was launched in the early 1970’s. Since that time thousands of Special Olympics coaches have benefited from the program both by attending courses/workshops and by sharing experiences with others. The real beneficiaries are the thousands of Special Olympics athletes of varying abilities who have been provided with a positive sport experience by coaches in the NCCP. 

Sport First Aid

A 16-hour, practical, hands-on workshop aimed at educating community sport coaches and volunteers in the prevention, recognition, treatment, and response to injuries in sport. Participants will receive Red Cross First Aid and CPR certification with an emphasis on sports injuries.

Topics covered in the course include:

  • planning for sport safety
  • preventing injury through proper training
  • preparing to help injured athletes
  • your safety plan
  • head and spine injuries
  • injuries to soft tissue and bone
  • First Aid and Level A (Heartsaver) CPR – St. John Ambulance

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