Special Olympics Canada | Olympiques Spéciaux Canada
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36,739 children, youth & adults

with an intellectual disability are registered in Special Olympics programs.

125 medals

won by Team Canada at the 13th Special Olympics World Summer Games held in Athens, Greece in 2011

Be a Coach

Discover how to help others

Becoming a coach with Special Olympics provides you with an opportunity that can be incredibly rewarding. Providing our athletes with the tools and encouragement they need for a positive experience, whether in competitive or community-related sports, is of great benefit to all of us involved with the movement.

At Special Olympics Canada we believe that one of the key ways to enrich the lives of athletes with an intellectual disability is to have quality volunteers and coaches at the grassroots level.

With a passion for sport and with the appropriate level of sport technical knowledge, our coaches become leaders who will train athletes at all levels of competition and activity.

Our National Coaching Certification Program

To accomplish this and to contribute to the skill set of the coach, we have created courses in collaboration with the Coaching Association of Canada and within the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). The NCCP is Canada’s recognized training and certification program that serves a wide range of coaches, from those who introduce sport to beginners to those working with high-performance athletes.

Our NCCP coaching program focuses on what a coach can do, instead of what a coach knows. It provides the knowledge and skills that will lead to enhanced ability and attitudes to successfully coach in the Special Olympics environment, ultimately giving the athletes the best sporting experience.

  • Coaching Streams

    The current model adapted by Special Olympics Canada, as well as a large number of other sport organizations in Canada, has been developed to ensure every coach receives appropriate training that is beneficial to all those involved. With this model, you will learn to coach our athletes while developing a positive experience through sport.

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  • Further Information

    There are plenty of tools and other helpful resources available for our coaches, and we continue to develop and expand these items in an effort to ensure that both you and our athletes benefit.

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  • Sign-Up

    We are always interested in new coaches becoming involved with our organization, and more importantly, with our athletes. We welcome your interest in our programs and look forward to working with you.

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  • Training and Certification

    Becoming a coach with Special Olympics has many rewards. Along the way, we are always here to help. Our training programs are designed to ensure that you are able to meet the needs of any athlete involved in our organization with both confidence and skill.

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  • FAQ

    If you have any questions or concerns that are not answered here, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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