One of the most important aspects of the upcoming National Coaching Certificate program is that it isn’t sport-specific

One of the most important aspects of the upcoming National Coaching Certificate program is that it isn’t sport-specific

Coaches training program coming to Golden

The Town of Golden is offering free a free National Coaching Certificate program to any interested potential coaches in any sport.

You’d be hard pressed to find a single world-class athlete who hasn’t had a great coach to stand behind him or her, no matter what sport he or she plays.

With that in mind, coaches in Golden will soon have a tremendous opportunity to hone their skills by taking part in a free National Coaching Certificate program.

The course will take place at the College of the Rockies from Sept. 25-28 (which falls during B.C. Coaches Week) and will run in association with Pacific Sport and the Canadian Sport Centre.

The course material means this will be a beneficial program for all local coaches.

“The reason this course is so important and has so much potential is that it’s sport generic,” explained Jordan Petrovics, manager of recreation services at the Town of Golden. “It doesn’t really matter what sport people are interested in being involved with, there’s elements of this course that will help out all of our different sporting and user related groups at our facilities…every single different sporting group can take something positive away from (the program).”

The course is fully subsidized by Coaches B.C., which is why the Town is able to offer it for free.

Specific session topics will include nutrition, mental skills, planning practices and information on designing a basic sport program.  Participants will receive their Level 1 coaching certificates at the completion of the course.

According to Petrovics, the course has been two years in the making through different initiatives that have showcased the Canadian Sport for Life program. Locals should keep an eye out for sports-oriented camps for both kids and adults in the future.

Petrovics was one of the volunteers that helped bring Sport for Life to Golden.

“There’s a great group of volunteers here that’s starting to drive some neat initiatives,” he said.

Those who are interested in participating in the Coaches Certificate program must sign up in advance, as a limited number of spaces are available.

Reserve a spot by calling the Town’s recreation department at 250-344-2271 ext. 225 or by e-mailing rec.