High Performance Women in Coaching Mentorship Grant
Supported through gender equity funding available from Sport Canada, the Coaches Association of Saskatchewan (CAS) and Canadian Sport Centre Saskatchewan (CSCS) are partnering to help High Performance coaches level-up so that they can coach athletes to the next level.
The Saskatchewan High Performance Women in Coaching Mentorship Grant is a new initiative dedicated toward increasing the number of confident and competent women coaching in our sport system. Sport in Canada continues to make strides towards ensuring that the perspectives of women are included at all levels; however, there are a variety of interpersonal, intrapersonal, environmental and policy-related barriers limiting the participation of women and girls in sport.
Through a community of practice mentors and mentees will be able to connect in meaningful ways to share their success while also sharing solutions to issues they may be encountering. This program is about building a lasting community among our coaches; setting a foundation for sharing, support and the enhancement of skills in one’s coaching tool kit.
The primary objectives for this mentorship opportunity are:
- Fostering community development;
- Providing a framework for meaningful participation;
- Increasing actual and perceived competence and knowledge;
- Developing an Individualized Long Term Professional Development Pathway;
- Increasing coaches understanding of external (NSO, Training centres, etc.) sport system.
Each mentor-mentee relationship is unique. Each mentee will be looking to gain skills specific to their needs and each mentor will look to foster that learning in their own way. However, CSCS and CAS have the following expectations:
- Experience coaching at a National and/or International level;
- Ability to commit two to five hours/month for conversations, email, phone, etc.;
- Two in-person meetings per year (Game Plan YXE is highly recommended as one of the in-person meetings)
- Participate in Strength Finder assessment with mentee and external consultant;
- Submit Mentor follow-up report to CAS and CSCS at the conclusion of formalized mentorship.
- Participate in Strength Finder assessment with mentor and external consultant;
- Identify three Key Performance Outcomes for the mentorship program;
- Two in-person meetings per year with mentor (Game Plan YXE is highly recommended as one of the meetings);
- Submit, with input from mentor, three key competencies that will be focused on/honed throughout;
- Participate in online and/or in-person professional development opportunities as hosted by the CSCS and CAS;
- Submit follow-up report to CAS and CSCS of formalized mentorship conclusion; to include career goals/plan for the next four years.
Applications open Wednesday, December 1, 2021 and close Friday, December 31, 2021.
Amount of Support
The grant will cover expenses
Coach Development Grant
The Coaches Association of Saskatchewan offers a Coach Development Grant to support Saskatchewan resident coaches to attend customized professional development and advanced education opportunities that will enhance their skills and abilities.
A matching grant of up to a maximum of $750 is available once every two years.
- Coaches must be Saskatchewan residents.
- Coaches must have shown a commitment to coach education through participation in NCCP Pathway.
- Coaches must have completed the Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders online module.
- A matching grant of up to a maximum of $750 is available once every two years. Coaches are not eligible to apply for a grant in consecutive years.
- Coaches must access financial support from other sources such as their local club, community sport association, Provincial Sport Organization, school professional development funds, personal investment to help offset the costs of attending or participating in the activity.
- The application must include details of the event, the learning objectives and outcomes, event budget, and how the knowledge from the event will be shared with other coaches in the province.
- The event being applied for must be held in Canada or the United States.
- This program support is intended for unique professional development opportunities.
- Conference or event registration fee.
- Accommodation costs.
- Travel costs to attend the event (actual fuel cost or flight cost).
- Travel to a sport competition.
- Daily per diems or mileage expenses (per km rates).
- Lost wages or compensation for time off work.
Due to limited funds and the potential volume of applications, not all requests meeting the established criteria will be approved for funding. The number of coaches from a particular sport applying for the same event may impact the maximum amount approved.
The Coach Development Grant program requires a matching funding component. Matching funds can be from a number of sources including Provincial Sport Organizations, local club, school professional development funds, personal investment or other sources or sponsors.
Applications will be reviewed on their individual merit by the Grant Review Committee, which is a subcommittee of CAS. This committee is comprised of CAS board members who are involved in coaching development in the province.
All committee decisions are final.
Applications must be received a minimum of 30 days prior to the event/activity. Late applications may be considered by the Grant Review Committee.
All application forms must be completed in full and must be signed by the coach.
The applicant will be informed in writing of the outcome of their application within 30 days of receipt of the application.
A follow-up report must be submitted within 30 days after the completion of the event/activity. The follow-up report must contain the following information:
- Details of the activity or event (dates, locations etc.).
- How this event contributed to the learning objectives outlined in the application.
- A financial report detailing all revenues and expenditures including copies of all receipts.
- Grant funds will be released upon receipt and approval of the follow up report.
High Performance Coach Development Grant
The High Performance Coach Development Grant is funded by the Canadian Sport Center Saskatchewan.
The purpose of this grant is to support Saskatchewan coaches who work with high performance athletes and are committed to upgrading their coaching skills and abilities through education, training, and certification. This grant allows the coach to participate in coaching workshops or conferences, attend major competitions as a coach, mentor with a Master Coach, upgrade their NCCP certification, or consult with a recognized sport expert. This grant may also be used in combination with support from other cost-sharing partners to help coaches broaden the scope of their learning options.
To be eligible the coach must:
- Be NCCP certified in the Competition Development context or Level 3 certified under the old NCCP.
- Be a member in good standing with their Provincial Sport Organization.
- Be coaching Saskatchewan high performance athletes (Provincial team or higher).
- Be committed to furthering their training and certification through continuous professional development.
More information can be found here:
Coach Visitation Program
The Canadian Sport Centre Saskatchewan Coach Visitation Program is designed to assist Provincial Sport Organizations and high performance coaches collaborate and learn from national coaches or experts within a competition or clinic setting, in Saskatchewan.
The program allows for up to $750 once per fiscal year per Provincial Sport Organization.