Douglas College getting pumped up for Coaches Week

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Douglas College campuses will be must-visit venues to celebrate National Coaches Week Sept. 19-26.

A series of events, organized by the Sport Science department, is scheduled at the New Westminster campus and the Coquitlam campus. The aim of the week-long celebration is to recognize the dedication and hard work of coaches across B.C. and Canada, as well as the positive impact they have on the lives of those who participate in sport.

“Coaches are the cornerstone of any athletic community. They are the leaders who inspire participants to develop a positive relationship with sport and recreation,” said Dominique Falls, the Fieldwork and Coaching Co-ordinator for the Sports Science Department. “Coaches Week is a great way for the students and faculty in the Douglas College Bachelors of Physical Education and Coaching (BPEC) program to demonstrate the excellent work being done on campus and in the community by coaches.” 

The College will be providing a behind-the-scenes look at how competitive athletes train, including tips from the pros. During Coaches Week, students, staff and faculty are invited to the New Westminster campus to watch Strength and Conditioning coach Jake Elder run through a 75-minute training session on Sept. 22 and 24 with Douglas College Varsity athletes. Jake will then lead the audience through the rationale and athletic benefits behind the training sessions.

Other events slated for the week include a Coach Awareness Booth on Sept. 21 (Coquitlam campus) and Sept. 23 (New Westminster campus). The New Westminster campus will also feature a session on Coaching with a Smart Phone on Sept. 21 and an information seminar on Sport Psychology on Sept. 24.

From Sept. 19-27, students will take part in the Go Shoeless challenge, raising funds to support Right to Play, an international organization that helps to educate and empower disadvantaged children through fun programs and activities.

Douglas Sport Science students will challenge varsity athletes to take off their shoes for one practice or class, take a “selfie” of their bare feet and fundraise for Right to Play. The Douglas College group with the highest donation total by the end of Coaches Week will win the challenge.

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