Program Overview Expression of Interest

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.

Program Objectives
  • Build coaching capacity for women in sport;
  • Provide female apprentice coaches with domestic multisport exposure;
  • Provide female apprentice coaches with enhanced professional development and learning opportunities to prepare them for higher level coaching and ensure an increase in their level of certification to a minimum of Competition
  • Development (or Level 3 certification). (Apprentice coaches complete certification within 2 years following the Games).
  • Expose female apprentice coaches to elite women coaches’ experiences;
  • Ensure female apprentice coaches are prepared to play a meaningful role during the Canada Games experience.

Previous participants for the 2019 Canada Games Apprenticeship Program were;

Alanna Butler – Cross Country                          SkiKatya Dittrich – Biathlon

“This WIC apprenticeship has been an exceptional experience for me over the last year- words cannot express how grateful I am to have been granted this opportunity ….  I have truly gained new insight and grown as a female coach.” –

Robyn Webster, 2017 Apprentice Coach