- Projects must be submitted by a sports federation in Quebec that is recognized by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (MÉES).
- Projects must be completed within one year from the date of confirmation of the mentoring project.
- The federation must undertake to assign a person who will be responsible for coordinating and implementing the project (e.g. the head of coach training at the federation). This person must also participate in monthly meetings with INS Québec and other leaders who are responsible for other supported projects in order to work toward achieving the project’s objectives.
- The projects will be assessed by a committee appointed by MÉES and INS Québec management.
INS Québec will be financially supporting sports federations in Quebec in the implementation of mentoring development programs for coaches about to take on head coaching positions with national teams.
Provincial sport federations will receive a bursary of no more than $10,000 allocated toward mentoring activities for coaching over a one-year period.
Recognized mentoring activities
Mentoring (definition): A structured process that provides personalized support in order to achieve formal learning objectives.
Possible formats: traditional (expert to learner) or peer to peer; individual or group; etc.
Content/objectives of the mentoring process
The focus of the mentoring project is to identify the coach’s individual training needs, to develop a training plan and then—with the help of experts, including those from INS Québec—to conduct coach development. The learning objectives must be clearly defined for each mentee and aimed at improving the coach’s skills. The skills in question may be sport-specific (defined by the sports federation), related to other performance factors (e.g. mental preparedness, nutrition, physiology, recovery, planning, intervention, management etc.) or interdisciplinary (e.g. problem-solving, critical analysis, communication, scientific methodology, innovation, etc.).