Starting in January 2015, the City of Toronto, in partnership with the Coaches Association of Ontario and other Provincial Sport Organizations, will offer community level coach training to Toronto residents aged 16 years and older.
Space is limited so definitely register early.
To browse the course listings, click here. Note, the courses are listed under: Coach Training – Fundamental Movement Skills Coach Training – Sports Specific
Came across this video today that was put together by People Magazine. Athletes featured (in order of appearance): Michael Sam (Gridiron Football), Wade Davis II (Gridiron Football), Billy Bean (Baseball), Brittney Griner (Basketball), Lianne Sanderson (Soccer), and Joanna Lohman (Soccer).
Growing up in the 1980s and 1990s, a lot of what I remember about my childhood revolves around sports. Every summer I would run around with my neighbourhood friends playing street hockey. Later I would go on to play soccer. I was the girl who LOVED gym class!
It was hard then, and difficult now, to imagine not having access to sports because of being a girl. Which isn’t to suggest that girls, and women, in the West, and elsewhere, don’t have a hard time finding places to play and money to support their athletic ambitions, but no one questioned my playing sports as a youngster. No one said I couldn’t and denied me the option.
Once upon a time, girls, women, playing sports was a major taboo and access needed to be fought for (feminism is so relevant). Case in point, espnW posted this great piece called “The Girls Who Toppled Little League” written by featured columnist Melissa Isaacson who writes:
“Forty summers ago, Cinseruli, a 10-year-old from Peabody, Massachusetts, was one of approximately 20 girls across the United States who filed lawsuits against Little League baseball for the right to play. Or as one judge put it, to do something ‘as American as the hot dog and apple pie'”.
Great historical piece – puts things in perspective.