Ontario Coaches – Experts Express Program Accepting Applications

June 17, 2016 by  
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Experts Express Program


“Experts Express is a unique opportunity to work one-on-one with an expert in your field of choice. In my case (sport psychology and mental preparation) it is a great hands-on chance to have someone in your corner who is dedicated to serving, educating and learning from coaches. I think both the coach and the expert practitioner benefit from this program. It’s a chance to problem solve, have individual and group sessions, and to broaden your coaching repertoire.”

Dr. Shaunna Taylor, Co-Chair, Canadian Sport Psychology Association

Coach competency is an integral aspect of Ontario’s community sport programs. Coaches have the unique capacity to inspire, drive and influence athletes, impacting their pathways to excellence and overall sport experience.

Experts Express aims to enhance a Coach’s ability to apply various concepts from the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) by providing direct access to experts in five essential fields:

  • Sport Psychology
  • Nutrition
  • Leadership & Management
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Para Sport *New for 2016*

Through dedicated training, in either individual or group settings, the Experts Express program generates a connection between club coach and expert that may not otherwise be possible. This provides coaches with the opportunity to better support athlete development, expand on their existing coaching knowledge, and improve their overall coaching program.

The Goals of the Program are:

  • To enhance knowledge for those coaching at the club level within Ontario’s sport system.
  • To expand access to professional sport expertise to support coaches across Ontario.
  • To foster an understanding and working relationship between coaches and sport-science providers in Ontario.
  • To increase awareness of both the value of sport science and the professional expertise available in Ontario to coaches working at the ‘club’ level.
  • To assist in retaining quality club coaches in their local communities
  • To increase sharing and collaboration on initiatives that develop coaches from the regional level to the provincial and national levels
  • To improve the performance of athletes in Canada Games, Ontario Games and additional provincial/national competitions
See the ‘Program Guidelines’ link below for information on eligibility, selection criteria, and further details


At no cost to the coach or club, approved applicants are assigned a provincially-endorsed expert in one of the five specialty areas, who will work directly with the registered coach (or coaches) at their own club or another arranged location. Coaches will be permitted multiple expert sessions, as long as all meetings between coaches and their assigned expert fall within the program timelines.

All participating experts have been recognized by the CAO and the corresponding Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) to ensure accurate and informative training for all participating coaches. All fees, including expert sessions and travel, are covered by the CAO with support from the Quest for Gold (Q4G) funding program.

Please click the link below for more information on the experts.


.Ready to Apply?

Make sure to fill out the ‘Application’ below and have your Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) support you today!


.Deadline: July 11, 2016 by 5:00 PM EST

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