Special Olympics British Columbia British Columbia


Special Olympics BC coaches offer more than sports instruction: they are teachers, role models, mentors and friends.

As a Special Olympics coach, you bring enthusiasm, commitment and a positive attitude to each practice, event and competition, enriching the lives of the athletes you meet.

In return, you develop relationships with athletes who inspire you with their dedication, perseverance and courage. You learn new skills, meet new people and gain unique experiences, enriching your own life in turn.

Special Olympics BC volunteers can fill the following coaching roles:

Head Coach

The head coach is ultimately responsible for all actions within his/her sports program. She/he determines and develops the yearly goals, seasonal plans and budgets along with the assistant coaches; regularly communicates with assistant coaches, program volunteers, athletes, parents/caregivers and local executive members; serves as the voice/spokesperson for the athletes/team; facilitates practices; ensures attendance, training and safety of athletes at practices; ensures all athletes attend a minimum of one competition; and delegates to assistant coaches/program volunteers. Must be 19 years of age or older, and must complete proper certification within first year.

Assistant Coach

The assistant coach helps head coach with all duties; assists with training and supervision of athletes at practices and competitions; and regularly communicates with head coach. Must be 16 years of age or older, and must complete proper certification within first year.

Program Volunteer

A program volunteer assists the head/assistant coaches with training at practice and regularly communicates with head coach. Must be 12 years of age or older.

Look up the Local Coordinator in your area using our Community Map and get in touch to find out how you can get involved.

See why SOBC youth program leaders Angela and Mannan love being involved:

Meet coach Brent:

Are you a new volunteer who has already registered with your local program?

Please click here to access the Special Olympics Canada Volunteer Orientation Course.

This interactive online orientation course will offer a thorough and interesting introduction to the world of Special Olympics, enhancing your ability to coach and support the SOBC athletes in your community and help them enrich their lives through sport.


  1. Click on create a new account
  2. Fill in the form and submit
  3. Wait for confirmation email, click on link
  4. Then you can enter site and find the volunteer training
  5. Click on British Columbia
  6. Click on Special Olympics BC volunteer orientation
  7. When you get to the first page of orientation, click on Part One Introduction and Overview, and then follow the modules