The Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program is a partnership between Alberta Sport Connection (ASC), Canada Games Council (CGC), and the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC).

This program provides the opportunity for each province and territory to send 2 female coaches to the Canada Games in apprenticeship roles. The CGC, the CAC, and ASC strongly believe that the apprenticeship program is 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 purpose of the Canada Games Apprenticeship Program is to provide women 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. Please click here for a list of participating sports.

For More information on the program and to see if you are eligible look at the Program Guidelines, 2019 Games

To express interest in participating in the program, click here.

 KEY DATES for this Program:

September 30th, 2017: Public Interest Form closes

October 31, 2017: Application due date.  (Applications will be available through the respective Provincial Sport Organization)

December 1, 2017: Coaches Selected

February-April 2018: 1st Professional Development Session

November 2018: 2nd Professional Development Session (Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif conference)

February 13 – March 1, 2019: 2019 Canada Games


Alberta Women in Sport Leadership Impact Program

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Alberta Sport Connection and The Coaching Association of Canada  have joined forces to offer Alberta based sport organizations an opportunity to be part of a movement to shape the future of sport in the province of Alberta.

The program will aim to increase gender equity and leadership diversity in sport organizations in Alberta. Through building more inclusive programs by creating more opportunities for women within sport programs, the Women and Leadership Impact Program aims to support leadership skills and capacity in your unique sport context.

Who: Provincial Sport Organizations, Clubs, Universities, Colleges

What: 15 sport organizations will come together to create a community of practice, receive expert support from a leadership mentor, develop or enhance leadership and technological skills, access professional development and receive a grant to individual projects. These projects must be aimed at increasing leadership diversity through policy, practices, increasing the pool of female coaches, athletes, volunteers, board members and/or officials.

How: Through regular meetings and professional development, both in person and online with your leadership mentor and community; through the planning, delivery and sharing of your unique leadership impact project.

Why: Why not? Make a difference in your community and program. Make a difference for women in your organization and have a positive impact in the lives of girls and women in your area.

When: Our kick-off meeting will occur from October 18-20, 2017 in the Calgary area. The program will begin in October 2017 and conclude in April 2020.

At this point please note that we will be asking for data regarding your current organization’s profile such as male/female participation numbers of athletes, volunteers, board members, coaches, officials, and/or staff. This will assist in identifying your current sport leadership landscape and what we can achieve over the next 2.5 years.

Completion Deadline: Is Now Closed

Alberta Sport Connection Project Support

Once projects have been selected, eligible Provincial Sport Organizations may apply for a grant from Alberta Sport Connection to support their involvement in this program of up to $3,000.00.

Contact Information

Tim Bjornosn                                                       Isabelle Cayer

Director,                                                                   Senior Coaching Consultant,
Sport Development                                                Women in Coaching
Alberta Sport Connection                                     Coaching Association of Canada
P: 780-422-7108                                                        P: 613-235-5000 ext. 2376
Email: tim.bjornson@albertasport.ca                     Email: icayer@coach.ca

We are proud to work with the Status of Women Canada & ASC on this project to support the advancement of women into senior roles in sport.

Lorraine Lafrenière, Coaching Association of Canada