Future Coaches Program

Swim Alberta's 2017-2024 strategic plan provided the perfect backdrop for the introduction of the Future Coaches Program in spring of 2017. As we continue to strive towards providing our coaches with opportunities to develop alongside our strategic directions, such as to "lead and inspire a culture of professionalism," we are thrilled to make this program an annual opportunity in Alberta.

The Future Coaches Program's priority and intent is to develop a system and support a mindset for the ongoing development and professional development of coaches.  This system and mindset will provide for positive working relationships among clubs informed decision making to support the development of athletes, and will also foster learning and continuous improvement of our coaches.

A total of 14 coaches will be selected to participate in this program, seven in the Head Coach Pathway and seven in the Club Coach Pathway.


To design a development program for coaches and Head Coaches (outside the deliverables of the NCCP) that enhances the information, education and services available to club level coaches and Head Coaches pursuing ongoing development that provides for positive working relationships, informed decision making to support development of athletes and professional coaching improvement.


This program will establish a learning environment for developing coaches to expand on content introduced in the NCCP program and further elaborate on topics, trends, professional skills and developing athletes.  The Head Coach program content will be delivered in the context related to the skills required to be a positive, professional Head Coach while the Club Coach context will focus on club coaching environments so coaches can increase their knowledge in developing their swimmers.

While this program does not replace the NCCP requirements, it will offer an opportunity for developing coaches to network, learn and share experiences with other like-minded individuals, supporting a mindset for ongoing development.


The program will focus on a capstone project for each coach.  This project will be identified at the beginning of the program and will focus on their individual sport and experiences using reflection strategies.  Overall outcomes for this program include the following:

  • Personal Growth for Coaches
    • Leadership
    • Personal Reflection
    • Communication
    • Self-Assessment
  • Team Dynamics
  • Head Coach Professionalism & Leadership
  • Integrating Sport Sciences into training

    Target Audience:

    The target audience for this program are club identified coaches who have experience coaching athletes in the Learning to Train, Training to Train and Training to Compete stages of the LTAD pathway, and are currently or wish to be employed as a Head Coach or assume a supervisory role in a large club setting (ie Head Age Group Coach)


    Application will open soon.

    2020 Future Coaches Information

    Check back soon for the exciting 2020 programme news!


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