With funding from Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, the Coaches Association of Ontario (CAO), Ontario Basketball (OBA) and Ontario Soccer are excited to launch Jumpstart into Coaching, a new community coaching program for youth (aged 16-25) who self-identify as belonging to an equity-seeking community group.
We believe that every person should have equitable opportunity and access to participate and develop their skills in sport. The program will provide youth from underrepresented groups including, but not limited to, BIPOC, LGBTQ2SIA+, women and girls, low-income individuals, newcomers, and persons with a disability with essential skills, such as teamwork, perseverance and leadership as well as training to become a coach for their respective sport.
To achieve this, Ontario Soccer is working with the CAO to recruit and train new youth coaches from these communities as well as deliver targeted mentorship programs. Welcoming a new generation of coaches is an important investment in the future of sport in Canada, and will provide youth – regardless of social status, nationality or gender – with the opportunity to grow as leaders within their community.