Coaches prepare and train individual athletes or teams for competitive events. They are employed by national and provincial sports organizations, professional and amateur sports teams, sports clubs and universities or they may be self-employed. Sports scouts identify and recruit athletes for professional sports teams and are employed by professional sports organizations. (National Occupational Classification)

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Coaches come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Many Canadian coaching positions require completion of the National Coaching Certificate Program (NCCP) with the requirements varying based on the type of coaching. Some positions may also require the completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree. The University of Manitoba offers related degrees in physical education and kinesiology as well as an Advanced Coaching Theory and Practice course that prepares students for certification from the National Coaching Certification Program (Competition B). Please view the links below for more information.

Sports Scout
Sports Scouts come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some may have worked previously as coaches or athletes. Some positions may require the completion of a degree. The University of Manitoba offers degrees in physical education and kinesiology that can meet this requirement.

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