Coaching Association of Canada

The Female Coach Mentorship Model is a sustainable model of mentorship designed to enhance the advancement of women in coaching. The key stages and practices for an effective mentorship program are summarized in the mentorship guide, with a specific version of the guide available for each of the three main roles: mentee, mentor, and sport administrator.

All mentorship program participants are invited to use the appropriate mentorship guide as they move through each stage of the mentorship model.

The CAC has created resources for coaches and sport administrators who are considering participation in a mentorship program. Use the resource documents below to understand the benefits and components of a mentorship program, assess your readiness for participation, and learn your roles and responsibilities during each stage of the program.

What is mentorship?

Mentorship is a relationship in which advice, information, guidance, support, or opportunity is offered from one person to another for personal and professional development. Review the Overview of Mentorship for Coach Development to learn more.

How do I start a mentorship program?

Before committing to host a mentorship program, it is important for an organization to understand their role and the factors that will structure the program for success. If you are thinking about creating a mentorship program, the Building an Effective Mentorship Program resource will help you get started.

Is mentorship right for me?

To make the most of a mentorship opportunity, mentees and mentors should do a self-assessment to ensure they have the capacity and motivation to participate fully. The following resources will help you decide whether you are ready to commit to a mentorship program:

What should I expect during the mentorship program?

There are six key stages to a mentorship program that occur before, during, and at the end of a mentorship program. Learn more about your responsibilities during each stage:


For more information on this program, please contact Andrea Johnson, Project Coordinator, Diversity & Inclusion.

The Female Coach Mentorship Model pilot project was funded by Status of Women Canada and the Government of Canada.

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