The professional development of Aboriginal coaching modules through NCCP certification has been identified by the Aboriginal Sport Circle (ASC) as a national priority.
To educate and promote the value of the NCCP and to establish meaningful participation of Aboriginal peoples in this national program, the ASC embarked on a multi-year process to develop supplemental training material for Aboriginal coaches taking NCCP workshops.
The results of this process are the Aboriginal Coaching Modules (ACM), which respond to the need for a national training curriculum with content that reflects the uniqueness of Aboriginal culture, values, and lifestyles.
The ACM is a professional development training tool for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal coaches who coach Aboriginal athletes, as they become certified through the NCCP. The ACM is comprised of three modules:
Module 1: Holistic Approach to Coaching
Module 2: Dealing with Racism in Sport
Module 3: Individual and Community Health and Wellness
- Understanding the role of sport in Aboriginal communities;
- Understanding and positively influencing the community in which you coach;
- Coaching the whole person; coaching beyond the physical to include the mental (intellectual and emotional), spiritual, and cultural;
- Responding to racism in sport;
- Establishing a code of behaviour for your team that reflects differences and that addresses racism; and
- Helping those you coach make healthy lifestyle choices.
- Making the wisdom of Aboriginal culture available to both Aboriginal and mainstream sport;
- Increasing awareness of sport and support for the ACM among Aboriginal communities and the mainstream sport community in Canada;
- Allowing coaches and communities the opportunity to embrace culturally sensitive practices so they can better meet the diverse needs of Aboriginal athletes in Canada;
- Having coaches at all levels of sport use material rom the ACM in their day-to-day interactions with Aboriginal athletes;
- Creating opportunities for positive dialogue between administrators, facilitators, coaches, and athletes about how the CM should evolve to meet the constantly changing needs of young Aboriginal athletes; and
- Increasing the number of NCCP-certified Aboriginal coaches.
Coaching young people offers an opportunity to make a difference in this world. Sport can develop a sense of community and common purpose, and foster personal and community development in Aboriginal youth.