Coaching Education is a vital component of the SAAC Academy. Just as a parent should not entrust the education, health or care of their child to an unqualified teacher, doctor or caregiver, we do not expect parents serious about their children's athletic development to leave it to coaches without the proper formal training.
While there are many good quality people without licenses that are doing commendable work as coaches, the fact that SAAC requires its coaches to be licensed will tell you a couple of very important things about the person training your child.
Firstly, that this person is committed to becoming a better coach. Just as players must train to perform well in games, coaches must be trained in order to properly pass along their knowledge to the young players. Secondly, they are not people that think they know everything and they are willing to expose themselves to different styles and philosophies in order to find what works best for them.
As well as requiring minimum licensing requirements for running teams, the Academies also encourages all of their coaches to continue to develop throughout their coaching careers. There is always more to learn and there are endless sources of information available around the world. As part of this continuing education focus, SAAC will endeavour to promote coaching seminars throughout the year from high-profile local and international coaches.
SAAC Coaching Education Courses
SAAC Academies have a history of bringing high profile international coaches from around the world to Canada. In the past, youth academy coaches from Manchester United, FC Bayern Munich, Burnley FC and other professional clubs have shared their knowledge and experience with Canadian coaches. SAAC and its members will continue to bring these coaches from abroad to expose our players and coaches to advanced technical development programs.
SAAC Approved Licensing Courses
Soccer Academy Alliance Canada endorses the following courses as minimum requirements for Academy team coaches: