By Sam Cortes, Communications Coordinator

Over the last six months, COVID-19 has altered how many of us engage in sport and recreation. But it has also opened up a lot of opportunities for coaches and sport administrators to further their education.

Last month, we celebrated National Coaches Week in Canada and many coaches in Manitoba had the chance to take free coaching courses both in person and online.

The Coaching Association of Canada is always the best resource for National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) courses. However, I wanted to make you aware of some other organizations that are currently offering great learning opportunities! 


Sport Manitoba Coaching 

Remember, you can stay up to date on NCCP and Professional Development (PD) opportunities in Manitoba by visiting the Sport Manitoba Coaching section of our website! We post the latest courses here where you can learn more and register.


Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC)

SIRC is a committed team of professionals dedicated to advancing Canada’s sport and physical activity sector through knowledge and engagement. They take pride in driving change through research and evidence and serve as Canada’s thought leaders in sport.

Visit SIRC’s website to stay updated on current resources and sport-related news. You can also access blogs, articles and webinars on a multitude of sport-related topics, and stay in the loop on new research that could help shape the future of sport.


Charity Village

Charity Village has become the Canadian not-for-profit sector’s largest and most popular online resource for recruiting, news, and how-to information. They recognizes and showcases the richness and diversity of Canada’s non-profit sector. 

If you work or volunteer for a non-profit, I recommend you visit Charity Village’s learning centre. They offer courses, articles, webinars, and podcasts from industry professionals that are filled with insight and knowledge. Resources cover careers and job searches, volunteer engagement, management, human resources, marketing, communications and fundraising.


Canadian Women and Sport (formerly CAAWS) 

If you are looking to increase your knowledge on gender equity, I strongly recommend checking out Canadian Women and Sport.

Canadian Women and Sport partner with sport organizations, governments, and leaders to build better sport through gender equity. They are experts on systemic change and strive to build a stronger, more equitable sport system for girls and women, and for all Canadians. Visit their website to access news, resources and learning opportunities, including workshops, presentations, webinars, and e-learning.


Volunteer Manitoba

Volunteer Manitoba’s mission is to promote and recognize volunteerism across the province, connect Manitobans, and build capacity to meet community needs. 

Visit Volunteer Manitoba’s website to access resources, read their blog and learn more about training opportunities, including volunteer management, board governance and building capacity.

They are also a great resource to find a volunteer opportunity or advertise one within your own organization.

Although COVID-19 has brought on some challenges in terms of sport involvement, I propose you turn that negative into a positive by continuing your education. That way, when we come out on the other side of this pandemic, you can put your best foot forward and hit the road running!