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The week of September 22-30th, 2018 is National Coaches Week, a time to celebrate the positive impact coaches have on athletes and communities across Canada. The annual campaign is an opportunity to recognize coaches for the integral role they play by saying #ThanksCoach!

Coaches are a valuable contributor to communities across Canada.  I·SPARC wishes to recognize and thank the hundreds of coaches who contribute their time and energy to the Indigenous communities across the province of BC! 

I·SPARC is celebrating National Coaches Week by delivering or promoting a variety of coach development opportunities and is sharing ways in which you can celebrate and participate.

Enroll in one of seven (7) Aboriginal Coaching Modules (ACM) courses in various locations across BC.

Participate in one of the FREE National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) coaching e-modules available online:

Participate in the following discounted NCCP Coaching Program:

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Acknowledge I·SPARC coaches during coaches week 

Aboriginal Coaching Modules (ACM)

The ACM is a professional development training tool for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal coaches who coach Aboriginal athletes, as they become certified through the NCCP.  This course is a national training curriculum with content that reflects the uniqueness of Aboriginal cultures, values, and lifestyles. The material in the ACM has been developed to meet the following learning objectives:

  • Understanding the role of sport in Indigenous communities; 
  • Understanding and positively influencing the community in which you coach;
  • Coaching the whole person; coaching beyond the physical to include the mental (intellectual and emotional), spiritual and cultural;
  • Responding to racism in sport;
  • Establishing a code of behaviour for your team that respects differences and addresses racism;
  • Helping those you coach make healthy lifestyle choices.
Coaching young people offers an opportunity to make a difference in this world. Coaching Indigenous youth in and outside of Indigenous communities provides a coach with opportunities for personal growth and development; as well it can foster personal and community development in our Indigenous youth. The ACM course allows coaches and communities the opportunity to embrace culturally sensitive practices so they can better meet the diverse needs of Indigenous athletes.

Coaching Statistics:

  • In 2017-18, over 50,200 coaches were trained in the NCCP across Canada.
  • Over 25,000 of thse coach trainings were at the Community Sport level.
  • In British Columbia, I·SPARC supported the development and education of more than 470 coaches across all sports and levels in 2017-2018.
  • In 2017, over 6,800 individuals used the National Coaches Week hashtags to share a message of thanks on social media.
  • By engaging athletes, coaches, and sport organizations at all levels, the 2017 National Coaches Week campaign received over 26.5 million online impressions.

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To celebrate National Coaches Week, I·SPARC is pleased to offer the following ACM across BC.
Select the date to register for the event in your region.

For more information about National Coaches Week events in your region please contact Dianne Garner, Provincial Coordinator, Sport Development & Community Engagement at or 250.940.4912.