To share the joy of skating and gain extra skills, Grandview Skating Club (GSC) encourages all of our STARSKATERS to volunteer as Program Assistants (PAs). To become a PA skaters must get permission from our Coaching Director and participate in regular in-club training sessions. Once trained, PAs have an excellent opportunity to learn, earn volunteer hours and provide a valuable support to our coaching team by assisting with our CANSKATE learn-to-skate program.
Some of our P.A.s find that they really enjoy teaching and want to pursue becoming a coach. Grandview Skating Club will support and guide these skaters in a variety of ways. The information below will help parents and skaters start down the exciting path to become a NCCP certified coach.
Becoming a NCCP Certified Coach
Launched in 1970, Skate Canada’s National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is a partnership between the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), and more than 60 national sport organizations. The NCCP is Canada’s recognized coach training and certification program and serves a wide range of coaches – from those who introduce beginners to sport to those working with high performance athletes.
Becoming a coach is a multi-step process that can be a big confusing. Here are some helpful links which we recommend you review. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to speak with Jolene, our Coaching Director. She is very happy to help our skaters navigate the waters!
Grandview Skating Club Support
In our efforts to support and encourage our skaters to build coaching skills, GSC may provide financial support towards the completion of the preliminary NCCP CanSkate Coaching-In-Training Course (currently a 3-day course).
If funds are available, the Club may reimburse up to 50% of the cost of the NCCP CanSkate Coaching-In-Training Course if the Skater:
- has been a member and an active PA with GSC for at least 2 years
- intends to complete the entire CanSkate pathway to “Certified” status
- commits to complete CanSkate training modules and videos (portfolio) through GSC resources and support within three years
- prioritize coaching availability to Grandview SC during the completion of Skaters training
For reimbursement, the skater must provide:
- NCCP CanSkate Coaching-In-Training Course receipt
- course completion certification
- a signed GSC form called “CanSkate Coaching Course Reimbursement Request and Commitment”.
Grandview Coaches will support skaters with their efforts to complete the portfolio requirements. Among other elements, Coaches In Training are asked to provide a video of them coaching in action. GSC Coaches will ensure that there is time and resources available to record the video.