Improving the way we develop our young players in Ontario is one of our biggest challenges—and biggest opportunities. To handle this responsibility as effectively as possible, we need to continue to build a strong teaching and leadership capability. We are always looking for experienced soccer leaders with progressive approaches who can help shape the new pathway for players and coaches.
With that in mind, the Ontario Soccer Association is now seeking applications for the position of “Learning Facilitator” (LF) for the 2012-‘13 season.
Our LFs hold a tremendously important role in our development pathway. They take on the responsibility for training, assessing and developing coaches who are looking to enhance their own individual experience and qualifications through formal certification programs hosted by the LFs.
Our coaching department is looking for facilitators who not only fully understand but also support Long-term Player Development (LTPD), which is the backbone “value” of the new player and coaching pathway in the province.
Over the last six months with the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) and the support of the Coaches Association of Canada, we have worked to change and upgrade the way we administer coach education. The focus now is on a more positive and supportive approach, as we look to mentor our coaches and actively assist in their personal development. 2012 has been tremendously uplifting for us, not only because of the number of coaches who are taking part in the programs, but how they have responded to this new direction in our approach to training and development. The feedback we are receiving is even beyond what we were hoping for.
Once trained, our goal is to place our LFs at a stage of LTPD where they are most qualified to grow the next generation of coaches. We believe that our coaches-in-training will be best served by working with LFs who are familiar, comfortable and experienced in a particular age and stage of player development. All successful applicants will be given the training and ongoing development that relates to the development stage they will be responsible for leading.
Selection of new Learning Facilitators will be made based on the following criteria:
• Coaching qualifications (soccer and or NCCP)
• Teacher’s certificate and experience
• Facilitation qualifications
• Previous LF experience
• Geographic needs
• LTPD knowledge
All applicants need to submit a full resume and a letter supporting their application from their Club or District President if they are associated with a Soccer organization.
Appointments are for a 10-month period (October-July) and candidates must re-apply annually.
Those interested should keep in mind that the OSA Certification programs generally run from early January to late May, and on weekends. Applicants will need to be available in that time period.
Closing date: August 7, 2012
Please click here to apply.
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