Summer engagement tour reaches coaches, officials

Sports

NEW GLASGOW — More steps are being taken to identify gaps and needs in the sport community.

Kirsti Mason, the community coaching lead for the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic (CSCA) that is conducting the project through its engagement tour, visited the area twice recently.

Mason spent July 15 to 19 and July 29 to August 2 searching for individuals or groups to speak with that would include coaches and clubs in need of support, champions in the community and officials and referees interested in being a part of a provincial steering committee to drive the project.

“We’re trying to meet as many people as possible, to hear directly from coaches and officials,” she said. “We’d like to meet everyone, if possible.”

A community coaching consultation in 2017 in the Highland Region and the province’s five others identified needs, while focusing on three areas: education and certification, recruitment and retention and mentoring.

Mason’s sessions were the two that the CSCA offers each year in each region as the organization partners with Sport Nova Scotia to broaden the project’s scope and better understand the landscape in communities.

One goal is to achieve 50 per cent female participation in sports, scheduling meetings with individuals or clubs once they are identified.

Beyond the actual engagement, outcomes include identifying trends regarding participation levels in each region and throughout the province and gathering information on demographics, challenges, opportunities and unique programs.

“We’ll be creating regional coaching plans and highlighting their success,” Mason said.

The goal is to distribute the coaching plans in January 2020 and create an official/referee/judge steering committee with representation from each region by January 2020.

NEW GLASGOW — More steps are being taken to identify gaps and needs in the sport community.

Kirsti Mason, the community coaching lead for the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic (CSCA) that is conducting the project through its engagement tour, visited the area twice recently.

Mason spent July 15 to 19 and July 29 to August 2 searching for individuals or groups to speak with that would include coaches and clubs in need of support, champions in the community and officials and referees interested in being a part of a provincial steering committee to drive the project.

“We’re trying to meet as many people as possible, to hear directly from coaches and officials,” she said. “We’d like to meet everyone, if possible.”

A community coaching consultation in 2017 in the Highland Region and the province’s five others identified needs, while focusing on three areas: education and certification, recruitment and retention and mentoring.

Mason’s sessions were the two that the CSCA offers each year in each region as the organization partners with Sport Nova Scotia to broaden the project’s scope and better understand the landscape in communities.

One goal is to achieve 50 per cent female participation in sports, scheduling meetings with individuals or clubs once they are identified.

Beyond the actual engagement, outcomes include identifying trends regarding participation levels in each region and throughout the province and gathering information on demographics, challenges, opportunities and unique programs.

“We’ll be creating regional coaching plans and highlighting their success,” Mason said.

The goal is to distribute the coaching plans in January 2020 and create an official/referee/judge steering committee with representation from each region by January 2020.


Kirsti Mason adds information to her lap top during a recent stop in New Glasgow on her engagement tour to identify coaches and officials in the area. (Goodwin photo)