Mentorship is a useful tool for the growth and development of a coach.
There are two types of Mentorship: Informal & Formal.
- Informal Mentorship - develops over time between the mentor and mentee. It involves the mentor and mentee developing a trusting, supportive relationship that allows both coaches to be comfortable talking to and sharing with one another.
- Formal Mentorship - a structured process in which the mentor is trained to perform the role and there is generally support from the organization that they coach for.
viaSport offers three formal Mentorship programs: the BC Games Coach Mentorship Program, the Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program, and the Aboriginal Apprentice Coach Program . See below for details.
If you are interested in becoming a Mentor, take the Coaching Association of Canada's Mentorship module to learn how to be the best mentor you can be. For other Mentorship resources, check out the Female Coach Mentorship Model developed by the Coaching Association of Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS). The model includes guides for Mentors, Mentees and Sport Administrators.
BC GAMES COACH MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
The BC Games Coach Mentorship Program is a partnership between viaSport and the BC Games Society. It is designed to assist coaches in enhancing and developing their coaching skills in pursuit of coaching certification.
Participants in the program will receive access to educational opportunities, full accreditation as team staff at the BC Games, travel and accommodation at the BC Games and professional development opportunities for both the mentor and the apprentice.
WOMEN IN COACHING CANADA GAMES APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
The Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program is a partnership between the Provincial/Territorial Coaching Representatives (PTCRs), the Canada Games Council (CGC), and the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC). This program provides the opportunity for each province and territory to send two female coaches to the Canada Games in apprenticeship roles. 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.
ABORIGINAL APPRENTICE COACH PROGRAM
The AACP is a partnership between the Aboriginal Sport Circle (ASC), the Provincial/Territorial Aboriginal Sport Bodies (PTASBs), the Provincial/Territorial Coaching Representatives (PTCRs), the Canada Games Council (CGC), and the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC). The program provides the opportunity for each province and territory to send 2 coaches of aboriginal ancestry to the Canada Games in apprenticeship roles. The purpose of the Aboriginal Apprentice Coach Program is to build coaching capacity within aboriginal communities and to expose aboriginal apprentice coaches to a multi-games experience. It will also provide these coaches with professional development and learning opportunities to prepare them for high level coaching and ensure an increase in their level of NCCP.