Coaches along with parents and teachers have a profound impact on the future of our children


Along with parents and teachers, coaches have a profound impact on the future of our children. It is a great responsibility, and Canada’s two million coaches embrace it with passion and dedication.

We work to provide coaches and coach developers with access to development and education opportunities, support mechanisms and funding resources to continue the pursuit of coaching excellence across Alberta. RCM

Responsible Coaching Movement

The Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) is a call to action for sport organizations, parents, and coaches to enact responsible coaching across Canada — on and off the field.

What is the RCM?

Responsible Coaching Movement

Established by the Coaching Association of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, the RCM invites all coaches and sport organizations to learn and apply consistent coaching principles. It includes three distinct pillars, each serving to create a sport environment that is Safe, Smart and Secure.

Rule of Two

The Rule of Two is a leading practice to ensure a safe sport environment for all. The goal of the Rule of Two is to ensure all interactions and communications are open, observable, and justifiable, and when two responsible adults (a coach, parent, or screened volunteer) are present with a participant. There may be exceptions in emergency situations. Check with your sport organization as to how the Rule of Two is enforced.

Background Screening

A secure sport environment is one where all coaches and sport organization leaders are screened to meet requirements to be involved in sport. Screening includes comprehensive background and reference checks, interviews, plus police information checks, to be done at regular intervals.

Ethics Training

A smart sport environment ensures coaches are trained and have the confidence and skills needed to effectively manage challenging situations. Lifelong learning through numerous training modules helps coaches expand their knowledge and awareness of important topics throughout their career.

Take the RCM Pledge

The RCM encourages sport organizations across Canada to pledge their commitment to implement these fundamental coaching principles at every level of sport.

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Canada Games Apprenticeship Coach Programs

The purpose of the Canada Games Apprenticeship Program is to provide women and aboriginal  coaches with a practical and integrated major national multi-sport games experience. Selected coaches have direct involvement in preparation and competition and receive support from an identified mentor coach throughout the duration of the program.

These programs provide the opportunity for each province and territory to send 2 female coaches and 2 aboriginal coaches to the Canada Games in apprenticeship roles. Apprenticeship programs are an essential part of the development of a coach. Furthermore, apprenticeship programs can be used as a means to build capacity in underrepresented populations in coaching, such as women and aboriginals.


The AACP in Alberta is a partnership between the Aboriginal Sport Circle (ASC), Indigenous Sport Council (Alberta), the Canada Games Council (CGC), Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), Provincial Sport Organizations and Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Branch. 

Alberta apprentice coach involved in the 2022 Canada Summer Games:

Sport Apprentice Mentor
Wrestling Taylor McPherson Owen Dawkins / Breanne Graham

Alberta apprentice coaches involved in the 2023 Canada Winter Games:

Sport Apprentice Mentor
Curling Robert Sibbeston Renee Sonnenberg
Speed Skating Alison Desmarais Cristina Lazarescu

The Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program in Alberta is a partnership between, Canada Games Council (CGC), Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), Provincial Sport Organizations and Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Branch.

Alberta apprentice coaches involved in 2022 Canada Summer Games program:

Sport Apprentice Mentor
Rugby Chelsea Ross Neil Langevin
Triathlon Charlotte Farrant Lisa Mensink

Alberta apprentice coaches involved in the 2023 Canada Winter Games program 0

Sport Apprentice Mentor
Ringette Caley Mineault Carly Ross
Hockey Shanya Shwetz Barry Medori