The Singapore Coach Excellence (SG-Coach) Programme, formerly known as the NCAP, is an enhanced training and development pathway for all coaches in the community, clubs or high performance sport programmes. The aim is to establish a training and development system to develop high quality and professional coaches. Coaches trained in this programme will gain multi-dimensional skills in the area of sports science, coaching, life skills, evidence-based practices and will be able to promote social values and principles.
The programme consists of 3 progressive phases targeted at various development levels (Foundation SG-Coach Development, National SG-Coach Development and Master SG-Coach Development) with 2 main components:
Theory – covers the general principles of coaching such as sport pedagogy, fundamental movement skills, sport safety and management, effective communication, Singapore sports eco-system as well as impartation of values and principles. The course is conducted with a mixture of classroom-based and workshop-based teaching.Assessment comes in form of both assignment and examination.
Technical – covers the sport specific considerations such as sport demands, specific training methodologies, techniques, and sport strategies. The course is conducted with a mixture of classroom-based and workshop-based teaching. Assessment may come in forms of assignment, demonstration, and/or examination.
There are three SG-Coach programmes within the Foundation SG-Coach Development Phase – Basic Sports Science (BSS), SG-Coach Level 1 (Theory + Technical) and SG-Coach Level 2 (Theory + Technical). As part of the Foundation SG-Coach Development Phase, the individual is expected to possess sports science knowledge as well as technical skills in sport and a basic understanding of coaching theory. SG-Coach Level One which is designed for individual who wish to coach novice participant in a community and/or youth sport.
Sport Singapore recognises coaches who have been duly certified and deemed competent through the NROC. NROC is a database of coaches certified under the theory and technical components of the SG-Coach Programme.
Members must meet supplementary requirements such as obtaining a valid National First Aid Council (NFAC)-accredited Standard First Aid (with CPR and AED) certification, abide by the Coach’s Code of Ethics and meet coaching and Continuing Coach Education (CCE) requirements. As part of NROC’s membership renewal requirements, members need to continually pursue other areas of learning to enhance/refine their coaching.
Coaches registered with NROC will enjoy recognition as nationally-registered coaches, which will help boost coaches’ credibility. The public can access the list of NROC coaches at myActiveSG.com and view their coaching qualifications. This can give coaches an opportunity to broaden their customer base.