Changing the Game – 2019 Program

Become or Support a Coach - Mentorship Program for Female Coaches

Changing the Game is a mentorship program for new female coaches in Ontario. The program is open to existing coaches or coaches-to-be of every sport, every age, and every experience level. Using a professionally designed mentorship model, the Changing the Game program has already engaged over 400 apprentice coaches with support of 150+ experienced sport coaching mentors.

Even better, the program is completely free.

This Mentorship Program is for Women who want to become a Coach for the first time and be supported with Mentorship and Development, an existing Coach looking for Mentorship and Development, or an experienced coach looking to give back as a mentor (Both Male and Female Coaches accepted as Mentors). Participants receive:

  • Access to a personal mentor sport coach with a specific area of expertise and wealth of experience
  • Professional development events
  • Funding for 1 on 1 expert consulting
  • An online community of coaches
  • Online resource hub

Chelsea Spencer – Mentor Coach:

"Being a part of the Changing the Game program has provided me with so many tools and support to help girls in my community. I wanted to thank everyone for their continued participation and inspiring posts - we are all making such a difference! Together we are so much stronger!"

Purpose of the Program
  • Provide a mentorship model for female coaches in Ontario – within and across sports
  • Provide a resource hub for apprentice coaches to build and enhance their skills, abilities and knowledge
  • Provide female coaches from a variety of sports with an opportunity to learn from highly trained coaches and experts across the province
  • Create a broader pool of coaches with qualifications and tools that meet the requirements for participating in coaching, from grassroots to competition development
  • Engage the system through PSO’s, education sector partnerships and community groups province-wide to cultivate an environment for balanced leadership
  • Build lasting supportive relationships between and among coaches to create a legacy program that is sustainable

Sheilagh Croxon – Olympic Synchronized Swimming Coach

“Changing the game, changing the conversation has laid the foundation for a better sport system in Ontario. The inclusion of more women in the coaching ranks will lead to a healthier sport culture and no doubt benefit both the sport experience and the performance of athletes at all levels.”

  • WHO: Women who want to become a Coach for the first time, OR an existing Coach looking to grow further as a coach and leader
  • WHY: Training, support, connections, enhancement
  • WHO: Experienced coaches who want to get involved in supporting female apprentices in their coach and leadership development (Both Male and Female Coaches accepted as Mentors)
  • WHY: You will leave a legacy in your sport, receive support, tools, resources, mentorship training, and professional development

Intake for the 2019 program is now closed. You can still use the link above to sign up for the 2020 program waitlist. The next program year will open in March 2020!

Coaching – Get Started

Interested in coaching but don’t know where to begin? Start here with resources, contacts, how-to’s, and connecting with a mentor. Women in leadership roles create positive group dynamics, demonstrate fairness and strong conflict resolution skills, and emphasize group collaboration. In short, women make excellent coaches. You are the change.



Support #SheCanCoach

Women coaches keep girls in sport longer. Only 30% of coaches in Canada are women. Canadas girls need more Women coaches. Whether you are a coach, parent, organization, or just a public supporter, you can help us spread the message #SheCanCoach. Be a part of the change.



2017 Mentorship Program

Changing the Game aims to Connect, Support and Develop women from across every sport, every community in Ontario, all ages, experiences and demographics. By the end of the program, Ontario will have 250 new female coaches ready and willing to inspire the next generation of athletes, coaches, and citizens.