Government of New Brunswick
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    The Professional Coach Employment Program aims to increase the number of full-time professional coaches working with Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) Train to Train and Train to Compete athletes in New Brunswick.


    Provincial Sport Organizations (PSO’s) who:
    • Currently receive funding from, and meet all of the Sport and Recreation Branch Funding Model I criteria
    • Hire a new full-time coach or significantly expand the role of a current coach to become full-time
    • Can demonstrate the existing financial capacity to provide its contribution towards coach salary, benefits and associated employment costs
    • Have a proven athlete development pathway that is aligned with its sport specific long-term athlete development plans*
    • Can demonstrate the ability to properly administer and oversee the position**
    • Can identify a ‘day to day’ training group for whom the employee shall be the primary coach
    • Are able to hire a coach with a minimum certification level of Comp Dev Certified or Level III Trained with demonstrated success in developing Train to Train and Train to Compete athletes.

    *Preference may be given to sports with disciplines featured in major games (e.g., Olympics/Paralympics Pan Americans/Commonwealth)
    **Administrative support and expertise may be available from the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic (CSCA) if required e.g., payroll, drop-in office space, etc…
    Note: Individual clubs, universities, academies are not eligible to apply – they may however be a partner in the PSO’s application.

    **We are not accepting additional applications at this time. Please speak to your Provincial Consultant for more information.


    The Professional Coach Employment Program has funding available to eligible organizations to support the hiring of a full-time professional coach. The Department will provide up to $30,000/year for 4 years towards a position. The minimum coach salary is $40,000 - the PSO/employer pays the difference (at least $10,000) plus the cost of agreed upon employee benefits and other associated employment costs.


    a. Higher numbers of NB Train to Compete athletes achieving success at the national level including selection to junior national teams, top 3 finishes at national championships and Canada Games medals.
    b. Higher numbers of NB Train to Train athletes achieving success at the Regional (Eastern Canada) and national level.
    c. Greater numbers of NB athletes in the Train to Train and Train to Compete stages of development as demonstrated by increased number of entries in appropriate competitions.
    d. Increasing alignment of athlete development pathways with the sport’s specific long-term athlete development plans.
    e. Increased number of positive coach mentoring experiences
    f. Improved recognition of coaching as a career choice as evidenced by the number of NB coaches working towards professional positions.

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