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Robert Kennedy – March, 2016

Certified Coaches & Instructors

As the backbone of coaching/tennis professional development in Canada, Tennis Canada uses the National Coaching Certification Program in partnership with the Provincial Tennis Associations to provide the information and training necessary for coaches to meet the needs of the tennis industry and develop successful and rewarding careers.

Instructor Courses

Tennis Manitoba will hold an instructor course April 20-23, 2017. The course facilitator will be Ontario’s Andy Sutton, with Tennis Manitoba’s Jared Connell assisting/mentoring. For more information, please contact Jared at jared@tennismanitoba.com.

Anyone interested in teaching tennis will want to register for the next Instructor Course. This course is the first level of Tennis Canada’s coaching certification program.

Individuals must be 15 years of age to take the Instructor Course, which includes 35 hours of instruction over two weekends. Course participants are given both a practical and playing/demonstration evaluation.

Contact Tennis Manitoba for upcoming courses.

Coaching Resources

Respect in Sport Program

Manitoba was the first province in Canada to implement the Respect in Sport program to help ensure a safe and positive sport environment for all participants. Coaches across the province who are identified with a Provincial Sport Organization are the first to be introduced to the mandatory initiative.

“As leaders, coaches have a tremendous amount of influence over our athletes, especially youth and children,” said Sport Manitoba President & CEO Jeff Hnatiuk. “Respect in Sport provides them with an important educational tool that helps them contribute to a positive sport experience.”

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Respect in Sport is an on-line training course to assist coaches, regardless of their sport, in identifying and dealing with issues of abuse, neglect, harassment, and bullying. It is designed to complement current coaching certification requirements. This season Hockey Manitoba has made the program a requirement by replacing Hockey Canada’s Speak Out Program with Respect in Sport.

Former NHL player Sheldon Kennedy is championing Respect in Sport as its spokesperson. The initiative is fully endorsed by the Province of Manitoba.

“Sheldon is an active crusader in raising awareness of abuse and the negatives that can occur and we are pleased to support his efforts,” said Eric Robinson, Minister responsible for Sport. “We are being proactive in ensuring that a safe haven exists for sport participants and Manitoba is proud to be a leader in this respect.”

The three-hour course can be taken at the coach’s leisure, in its entirety or in separate half-hour modules. Coaches will be required to complete the course by December 2007. There is no cost to the coach and the program will provide for recertification after the third and fifth year. Sport Manitoba and Provincial Sport Organizations will monitor the participation of coaches.

Respect in Sport is available in both English and French and can be accessed through the Sport Manitoba website at www.sportmanitoba.ca

Future plans include development and implementation of a Respect in Sport program geared toward parents.

Coaching Certification System

Tennis Canada‘s Coaching Certification Program is a highly structured system that ensures that Instructors, Coaches, and Pros receive the best training and guidance, which in turn, can be exemplified onto the athletes they train. The program has a variety of key components that are essential in the development of coaches across the nation.

Tennis Manitoba is offering a Tennis Instructor Course based on Tennis Canada’s Coaching Certification Program. The highly structured system ensures that instructors, coaches and teaching pros receive the best training and guidance, which in turn, can be exemplified onto the athletes they train. The program has a variety of key components that are essential in the development of coaches.

The course takes place over two weekends. Course participants are given both a practical and playing/demonstration evaluation. Participants should come prepared to participate, both on and off court – please bring your racquet.

Download the National Coaching Certification Program.