Updated, April 4 2022

Hello to our New Brunswick coaches, volunteers, parents, and athletes,

Coach NB has continued to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 throughout the course of the pandemic. During these difficult times, our priority continues to be the health and safety of our New Brunswick coaches, employees, coach developers, and partners.

The Coach NB Team is still in operation and we will be working remotely for the foreseeable future. We’ve implemented and will continue offering :

  • Online delivery of NCCP training for multisport modules
  • Webinars
  • Home Study NCCP offerings

We are excited to add that we will begin scheduling in person workshops by request of provincial sport organizations and club. These workshops can be arranged through our Manager of Coach Education, Ashleigh Milani (ashleigh@coachnb.ca). We will ensure that participants are comfortable and safe in our in-person workshops, and encourage those who would like to wear masks, to continue doing so. We will also provide sanitization stations and distance when possible. 

For more information regarding the coronavirus in New Brunswick. Stay informed visit the GNB website.


The Coaching Association of Canada has launched the online eLearning module Leading a Return to Sport Participation for coaches requiring support in re-starting their programs.

The process of restarting sport activities presents significant challenges for coaches and participants. After an extended period of restricted training and competition, participants may experience a variety of physical and psychological effects that will influence their return to sport participation.

Coaches play an important role in providing a supportive environment for participants during this transition period. This eLearning module provides guidance and resources to help coaches create a safe and adaptable return-to-sport plan.

After completing Leading a Return to Sport Participation, you will be better prepared to:

  • Identify the physical and psychosocial effects participants may be experiencing
  • Understand the role of a coach in facilitating the return to sport participation
  • Design a plan to return to sport participation during COVID-19
  • Lead and communicate with empathy

Coaches who are maintaining their NCCP Certification will earn one NCCP PD point upon completion of this module through the Locker.


We’ve done some research and put together some key tips and tricks to help you manage your physical and emotional well-being during this difficult time:

Know that it’s ok to be worried.

‘Anxiety is a normal response to the current situation, says Tina Montreuil, assistant professor in the department of educational and counselling psychology at McGill University. And some of us may have a harder time coping than others, she says, since our usual freedoms and a lot of the control we typically have are restricted as schools, gyms, bars and workplaces close.’

For more information on managing anxiety during COVID-19, click here on tips for managing anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Monitor your mental health.

With these unprecedented times, it can be easy to feel down and feel isolated and alone. Even under normal circumstances, coaches are known for putting other’s needs ahead of their own! By nature, most coaches prioritize looking after those around them, so during a time of extreme stress, like right now, it’s even more important that they carve out time to care for themselves.

Talk to loved ones. Talk to friends. Talk to mental health professionals. There is ample mental health support available online and over the phone to help you during this time. Here are some available resources:

  • Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – COVID-19: Mental health and well-being
  • Take the mindfulness challenge! The Department of Health is pleased to announce a new partnership with MindWell. This free, bilingual website offers a collection of resources dedicated to teaching New Brunswickers about mindfulness in action. New Brunswickers will have the opportunity to sign up for the 30-Day Mindfulness Challenge. The program is evidence- based and shown to lower stress, increase resilience, and improve well-being. Plus, the challenges only take 5 to 10 minutes a day!The Mini MindWell Challenge is a shorter, slimmed down version of the full Challenge. It can be a great first step for newcomers or the perfect refresher for someone who has already taken the full Challenge.Click here to watch your introductory video and begin your mindfulness journey today.It is natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during and after a stressful situation. Everyone reacts differently, and your own feelings will change over time. Notice and accept how you feel. Taking care of your emotional health during a disease outbreak will help you think clearly and protect yourself and your family. Self-care during a stressful situation will help your long-term healing.
  • Still adjusting to working from home? LiveWell has some tips for you! 👉 bit.ly/LWBVwfh

Utilize resources available to you.

For those administrators or coaches with a business, you can visit The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to see what funding and support are available for your specific needs.

For those who lost their income due to COVID-19, you can visit Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan page to see what funding and support are available for your specific needs.

For reliable and accurate updates on the outbreak, please visit the Government of Canada’s Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

For more information on COVID-19: Awareness Resources, click HERE.

 

Coach NB Team

Manon Ouellette, Executive Director

E: manon@coachnb.ca

T: (506) 444-3888 ext 1

Gabriel Kim, Manager of Coaching Education

E: gabriel@coachnb.ca

T: (506) 444-3888 ext 2

Andrea Creer, Next Gen Project Manager

E: andrea.creer@coachnb.ca

T: (506) 444-3888 ext 3