Coaches Week Northumberland

The Northumberland Sports Council partnered with the National Coaching Association of Ontario to bring high-quality coach training usually found only in large city centers right here to Northumberland county! We offered 9 different courses that helped give our volunteer coaches the knowledge needed to build more confident, competent and motivated athletes!

See the highlights here!

Some of the Courses Offered Included:

FUNdamental Movement Skills Workshop

Help the children you work and live with learn how to love moving and practice the many different movement skills!

Who needs to take this workshop?
– parents
– teachers
– early year educators
– child and youth workers
– coaches
– camp counselors

What will you learn?
– Detect and correct basic errors for fundamental movement skills in participants so they have a choice to adopt a healthy, active lifestyle

-Apply a teaching process to fundamental movement skills

-Adapt fundamental movement skills for participants with intellectual, physical, sensory or behavioural disabilities

-Lead activities that will promote the development of fundamental movement skills in a safe, responsible manner while interacting with others

-Provide stage-appropriate feedback to encourage and develop fundamental movement skills in participants

In developing and teaching a child, we break down simple skills into key components to help the child learn and understand. Given the opportunity to learn a wide range of physical skills, children acquire the basic building blocks for the competence, confidence and motivation to try many physical activities and sports.

Fundamental movement skills are very important to a child’s physical development. When confident and competent in these skills, children can develop sport-specific and complex movement skills.
These skills allow children to enjoy sports and physical activities. Most importantly, with a firm grasp of the fundamental movement skills, a child may enjoy a long life of physical activity.


Basketball FUNdamentals

This workshop will give you all of the tools you need to hit the court with confidence as a first-time children’s basketball coach.

Over the course of six hours, this in-class and on-court workshop will help you:

-Understand the level of athlete you are coaching (typically children between the ages of 6-10);

-Equip yourself with basic tools to plan safe, fun and effective practices;

-Learn how to teach basic basketball skills from a games approach in a fun and inclusive way.

-Anyone with limited or basic basketball experience who wants to get involved at the community level to coach children’s basketball;

-Parents/guardians volunteering with their child’s basketball program;

-Coaches looking to transfer their coaching knowledge in order to acquire games approach drills and an understanding of this age group.

-Assistant coaches that want to further their knowledge of basketball and contribute in building their athlete’s skills

Making Ethical Decisions

By successfully completing the NCCP Make Ethical Decisions training, coaches will be fully equipped to handle ethical situations with confidence and surety. The training helps coaches identify the legal, ethical, and moral implications of difficult situations that present themselves in the world of team and individual sport.

Upon completing the NCCP Make Ethical Decisions training, coaches will be able to:

  • Analyze a challenging situation and determine if it has moral, legal or ethical implications; and
  • Apply the NCCP Ethical Decision-Making Model to properly respond to situations in a way that is consistent with the NCCP Code of Ethics.

This module is a cornerstone of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), and leaves coaches with no doubt as to what to do when the going gets tough.


This training provides coaches with education about basic sport nutrition principles. After completing NCCP Sport Nutrition, coaches will be able to:

  • Explain the basic nutritional needs of an athlete.
  • Take appropriate measures to ensure that athletes stay hydrated during exercise.
  • Educate athletes on the use of nutritional supplements and sports drinks.
  • Encourage a positive body image in athletes.
  • Identify the different types of disordered eating.
  • Support athletes with special nutritional needs.
  • Identify common food allergies and intolerances.
  • Provide accurate guidance to athletes and their parents or caregivers on nutrition before, during and after exercise.
  • Provide accurate nutritional guidance to athletes and their parents or caregivers before and during travel.

This course is available as an e-learning course. More information here!

The Northumberland Sports Council, in partnership with the Peterborough, Victoria, Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board (PVNCDSB) were also able to bring Physical Literacy Expert, Sarah Gallsworthy, to Northumberland to educate our teacher-coaches about how to incorporate more physically literate ideology into their practices and recess!

Get the slides from Sarah’s Presentation here! 


Thanks to over 80 participants, Coaches Week Northumberland 2018 was a huge success!


Thank you to the Coaches Association of Ontario for providing the weekend workshops!

Thank you Port Hope Town Park Rec. Centre for hosting the weekend workshops!

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