Been mulling something along the lines of continuing education for both volunteer and professional coaches (separate tracks) in the Vancouver area for some time now. Now I read this morning on Richard’s BCSoccerWeb that the Lower Island has taken the first step towards that.
It’s a very good idea and I congratulate Andrew Latham on getting it started and wish him well in the execution.
The LISA model is aimed at anyone coaching at the youth level. What I’ve been thinking about, and strangely just talked to Colin Elmes about briefly yesterday for the first time, is more aimed at professional coaches first and then, once that’s established, to incorporate volunteer coaches after that.
I know some very good coaches and I know people who really want to be excellent coaches but it’s a relatively small community and we work in isolation from each other when clearly we could all learn from each other to round out aspects of our coaching that need improvement.
At the moment, all there is for coaches are the standard Community Coach courses that lead to the B License courses and finally the A License. It’s not enough. And while I’ve sent token emails to both BCSA and the CSA encouraging them to put more coach education programs together, it’s becoming apparent that we, as coaches, may be our own best resources for furthering our knowledge.