Updated April 27, 5:00 pm AST

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

Coach NB is closely monitoring the impact of the COVID-19, which is becoming increasingly disruptive to the sport community. During these difficult times, our priority is the health and safety of our New Brunswick coaches, employees, coach developers, and partners.

For many of you reading this, you are coaches and/or administrators who rely on a consistent routine for practices and training. With schools and gyms closed, and sports organizations making the right call to suspend in-person events, many of you are left without your hobbies, passions and livelihood. Regardless of what is happening in your life right now, know that the Coach NB Team is here for you.

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 Remote Delivery options for Multi Sport NCCP offerings, and will continue to offer innovative delivery solutions to ensure that coach education remains accessible to the coaching community.  As it stands right now, all in-person workshops have been postponed until further notice.  We will reassess and adjust our timelines based on the recommendations of the Public Health NB.

When we do return to in-person courses, additional protocols to promote the health and safety of all participants and coaches at upcoming events will be implemented to align with recommendations from the Public Health NB.

We encourage all athletes, participants, coaches, officials, staff, volunteers, spectators, and everyone participating in any events in the upcoming weeks and months to be vigilant with regards to their health and safety.

For more information regarding the coronavirus in New Brunswick: 

https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/news/news_release.2020.03.0127.html

In the meantime, please feel free to contact the Coach NB Team with your coaching education concerns. 

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.

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.

    Every Tuesday, beginning on April 28, 2020, 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? The Live Well have 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

Ashleigh Milani, Manager of Coaching Education

E: ashleigh@coachnb.ca

T: (506) 444-3888 ext 2

Chelsey Leahy, Women & Girls Project Manager

E: chelsey@coachnb.ca

T: (506) 444-3888 ext 3