Community Programs

hockey coach
education program

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program overview

MLSE Foundation and Scotiabank are launching the Hockey Coach Education Program to provide equitable opportunities for Black, Indigenous and other racialized youth across Ontario to obtain hockey coaching certifications and connect them to coaching positions in their community.

We are on a mission to change the game and make hockey a more inclusive, diverse, and accessible sport for players and coaches alike.

To change the face of hockey, we are committed to providing opportunities for underrepresented youth to be involved in the game at the coaching level. Our aim is to improve representation in leadership positions to inspire a diverse generation of youth to engage in hockey. We will also provide pathways and connections for youth coaches to increase employment opportunities and facilitate community involvement through sport.

certification upon completion

Through collaboration with the GTHL, we will provide youth coaches aged 16-29 with the opportunity to obtain Coach Level 1 certification at no cost to the participant.

course Curriculum

Week 1
Gender Identity and Expression
Online, 2 hours
Week 2
MLSE LaunchPad Coaching Fundamentals & Life Skills Transference
Online, 2 hours
Week 3
Respect in Sport – Activity Leader
Online, 2 hours
Week 4
Hockey University Online Coach 1/Coach 2
Online, 4 hours
Week 5
Coach Level 1 – Introduction to Coaching (U9 and below)
Online, 4 hours

our training approach

We will work closely with the GTHL and Ontario affiliates to establish pathways for youth coaches involved in the program to put their education into practice. This pipeline will allow youth coaches to gain coaching opportunities and create valuable social networks within the game.

As experts in life skills transference, MLSE LaunchPad staff will provide additional training that will teach the fundamentals of coaching and the integration of life skills into sport programs. Youth coaches will gain valuable coaching knowledge and will establish relationships with other youth coaches involved in the program.

With the help of the GTHL, MLSE Foundation will also connect youth coaches to further education opportunities for those interested in obtaining Level 2 certification.

In addition, youth coaches will be provided with a Hockey Coaches Kit including essential supplies to assist in getting started behind the bench.


enrollment opens
Apr 22, 2021
registration closes
May 20, 2021
selected participants notified via email
May 27, 2022
program start date
May 30, 2022
program End date
Jun 25, 2022