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Mentorship

viaSport supports three formal mentorship programs: the BC Games Coach Mentorship Program, the Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program, and the Aboriginal Apprentice Coach Program.
 
Coaches may also have access to mentorship programs through their respective Provincial Sport Organizations
 

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 support the development of key mentors within sports, thereby increasing the current capacity of sport leaders in B.C. 

The BC Games Coach Mentorship Program seeks to:

  • Support PSOs in targeted coach development through mentorship
  • Build capacity in coaching leaders in B.C., by increasing their confidence and competence to act in mentorship roles
  • Introduce a basic mentorship model in sport, that could be used for to develop a variety of roles

A revised program has been introduced for the 2020 BC Winter Games. Please see the Program Guidelines for more information, and contact coaches@viasport.ca with questions.


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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. 


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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. 


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Mentorship Resources

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.