New program recognizes sport coaches and enhances safe sport on PEI

A new program encourages sport coaches to become trained and certified to help improve sport safety and enhance the experience for Island athletes.

Prince Edward Island’s new vip coaching program recognizes the contributions of qualified coaches across the province by creating a coaching community, providing professional development opportunities and offering discounts for sporting equipment.  

“We know that coaching is one of the key pillars to a successfully developed sport system. When coaches receive the proper training and have more chances to excel in ethical leadership, it has a meaningful impact on our athletes. This program will help us develop responsible coaches, inspire future leaders, and celebrate the contributions they make both on and off the field.”

- Health and Wellness Minister Ernie Hudson

To receive vip status, coaches must: 

  • be certified by the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) 
  • sign the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) Code of Conduct 
  • have obtained at least three NCCP professional development points within the past 12 months 
  • complete CAC Safe Sport Training 
  • complete CAC Mental Health in Sport 
  • complete NCCP Make Ethical Decisions 
  • complete NCCP Making Head Way 
  • submit a recent Criminal Record Check or Vulnerable Sector Check

Sport PEI will manage the program with funding from the Province.  Sport PEI supports the development, training and education of athletic coaches to ensure Island athletes are guided by trained and certified coaches.

“This wonderful program gives coaches an opportunity to work with other likeminded individuals who are leading the way and creating a positive impact on the lives of everyone in the provincial and community sport sector,” said Lynn Boudreau, vip coordinator, Sport PEI. “One of the biggest challenges for coaches is to find new opportunities to learn, grow and develop together with our athletes. This program will help encourage growth and development in sport settings.” 

Coaches with vip status receive the following:

  • A clothing kit (over $100 value)
  • Connections with coaches across Prince Edward Island
  • Free Professional Development opportunities and resources 
  • Discount for the Atlantic Coaches Conference 
  • Bimonthly newsletter and social gathering either online or in person
  • 15% discount card for Source for Sports - Charlottetown & Summerside

“The vip program is an important initiative that not only benefits our Island coaches, but also the athletes themselves,” said Kristin Noonan, member of the Coaching PEI Advisory Committee. “This program ensures PEI coaches have the education, training and screening in place to create a safe and supportive environment for our athletes.”

To learn more about PEI’s new vip coaching program, visit: vip Coach.

Media contact:
Samantha Hughes 
Department of Health and Wellness

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