Canada Games Apprenticeship Coach Program

Canada Games Apprenticeship Coach Programs

2025 Canada Summer Games Apprenticeship Program coach applications are available through Provincial Sport Organizations.

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.

WOMEN IN COACHING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

2025 Canada Summer Games, St. John's Newfoundland

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

Coaches applying to the Alberta Women in Coaching program must meet eligibility requirements that include no higher than NCCP Competition – Development in Training, or NCCP Level 2 Certified.  Applicants must also be able to commit to the program objectives and requirements. 

For full program eligibility, please refer to the 2025 Alberta Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program Guidelines.  

Apprentice coach applications are available through Alberta Provincial Sport Organizations.  Coaches are required to submit their application, including required attachments, to their respective PSO no later than February 12, 2024.   From all coach applications received, each PSO may nominate ONE coach and submit to SPAR for final selection.   Up to two women coaches will be selected by SPAR to participate in the 2025 Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program with successful applicants being notified by April 2024.


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

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

Alberta apprentice coaches involved in 2022 Canada Summer Games program:

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

ABORIGINAL APPRENTICE COACH PROGRAM

The Alberta Aboriginal Apprentice Coach Program (AACP) 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 (PSO) and the Ministry of Tourism and Sport through the Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation (SPAR) Branch. 


Alberta apprentice coaches involved in the 2023 Canada Winter Games:

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

Alberta apprentice coach involved in the 2022 Canada Summer Games:

Sport Apprentice Mentor
Wrestling Taylor McPherson Owen Dawkins / Breanne Graham

For information please contact: [email protected]