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INS Québec – Montreal, June 7, 2017 – The Institut national du sport du Québec (INS Québec) and Université Laval are announcing the launch of a joint microprogram focused on the professional development of high-performance coaches, a unique initiative in Francophone Canada. This graduate-level microprogram in athletic coaching will be available starting in August 2017 and is aimed at people who work with athletes and want to gain skills in various fields dealing with sports intervention.

This microprogram is the result of the desire of both of these organizations to join forces and complements the professional development offering available for coaches, while building on existing expertise. The university component provides a learning environment based on a solid research foundation, world-renowned post-secondary education and expertise in sports intervention, with a focus on athlete protection and sports ethics. As for the INS Québec, its knowledge of athletes’ needs, close relationship with trainers, practical expertise and cutting-edge facilities help to provide suitable customized programs.

The microprogram includes four courses designed to fulfil major needs for those who support athletes on a daily basis. These courses are focused on the effectiveness of the intervention, mental preparation as well as the development and protection of athletes, and performance analysis and planning. Furthermore, INS Québec has been mandated to provide the three-credit course in performance analysis and planning.

“INS Québec works closely with trainers from throughout Quebec and surveys them about their training needs regularly,” explains Marie-Pier Charest, Director of Training Services at INS Québec. “We are proud to join forces with Université Laval to take our support for trainers even further and thereby serve as a true performance partner in the advancement of high-performance sports in Quebec and Canada.” »

Guylaine Demers, the director of this microprogram, is thrilled that this project is finally coming to fruition: “This collaboration with INS Québec is a unique opportunity to allow French-speaking Canadian coaches to benefit from high-calibre training that focuses on each of our institution’s strengths. We want the trainers enrolled to have a unique, customized and enriching experience on a human level.”

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About the Institut national du sport du Québec |

The Institut national du sport du Québec is a “Catalyst of dreams—one athlete at a time” and acts as a key performance partner for high-performance sports in Quebec and Canada. With its network of eight regional multi-sport training centres, 11 single-sport training centres and its Complex at Olympic Park, which is home to eight high-performance training groups, INS Québec offers sports-medicine, sports science and personal development services to athletes on Canadian national teams training in Quebec, next-generation athletes, high-performance coaches and sports. A member of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network, INS Québec serves more than 500 high-performance athletes, 2,000 next-generation athletes and the nearly 900 coaches who train them.

INS Québec receives support from the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur, Sport Canada, Own the Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Olympic Foundation, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Coaching Association of Canada, in addition to private partners such as CISCO, Bell, Mondo, Teknion | Roy & Breton, Côté Fleury, Inaxsys, B2dix and Sports Experts.

About Université Laval’s Department of Physical Education, part of the Faculty of Education Sciences | 

Université Laval’s Department of Physical Education, the first Francophone department in Quebec to offer a university program in physical education, is part of the Faculty of Education Sciences. Its mission is to train pedagogical intervention professionals to work in fields such as sports, physical and health education and physical and outdoor activity.

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Guylaine Demers
Director of the graduate-level microprogram in sports coaching
418-656-2131 ext 7802


Evelyne Déry
Communications Coordinator, INS Québec
514-255-1000 ext 243 | 514-668-2968

Catherine Lévesque
Communications Officer, Technopedagogy Services and Resource Centre | Faculty of Education Sciences | Université Laval
418-656-2131 ext 6813

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