Coaches are a critical component of Special Olympics’ work. A coach is a key figure in an athlete’s life, providing the sports skills and spirit that define a true athlete. Coaches serve as role models and character builders, giving Special Olympics athletes awareness of their worth, ability, courage and capacity to grow and improve. Special Olympics coaches also have a direct impact on athletes’ lives by helping them acquire skills that can influence their abilities to obtain employment, succeed in school and achieve personal goals.
Volunteer coaches come from all walks of life and backgrounds, and don’t need prior experience – We (Special Olympics Nigeria) provide the necessary training and resources. To become a Special Olympics coach, all you need is a compassionate nature, a desire to help others and a lot of enthusiasm.
Become a coach today, and you’ll be joining an amazing team of individuals that includes former Olympians, sport professionals, college students, young professionals and a host of family members. You’ll also have the opportunity to trade coaching tips and exercises, build new friendships and have real impact on the lives of these athletes. Being a Special Olympics coach can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a lifetime – for both you and the athletes you mentor. Presently, Special Olympics Nigeria has over 700 coaches in 28 states across the 5 of 6 geo political regions we find ourselves present in Nigeria. South West, South East, South South, North Central and North West coaching athletes in 6 Olympic- type sports. In each state, Special Olympics Nigeria appoints volunteer coaches as state coordinators charged with the duty of ensuring continuous sports training and competition in their various states, they also help to recruit new coaches, volunteers and athletes into the programme.
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