SportWORKS - Making a Difference & Becoming Different

The Sport Leaders Abroad Program
sends qualified and experienced Canadian
sport leaders (administrators, coaches, officials, etc.) to assist their counterparts in their fields/sports of expertise in countries around
the world.

Bobby Lennox

Leader Bio

Bobby is currently the manager of the Grassroots Soccer Development program at the Ontario Soccer Association. He has dedicated his career to helping young athletes reach their full potential through proper athletic development. He relies heavily on his mastery of the Long Term Player Development (LTPD) model while working with young athletes.

Placement Date

March 25, 2012 - April 1, 2012

Placement Details

During his placement in Dominica, Bobby spent time working with youth sport officers, primary school teachers, academy coaches, and referees, with the goal of enticing more children to be involved in soccer. Bobby developed workshops which aimed to educate the coaches and officials while also teaching the children how to play together as a team. Sessions were held in the classroom and on the playing field, with a large turnout from children and coaches in the area. Bobby also spent time educating the teachers, coaches, and referees on the Long Term Player Development (LTPD) model, and they expressed interest in implementing this plan in Dominica in the future. Many of the participants commented that this was the first coach development session they had received, and that there was a need for more formalized training in order to grow the game in Dominica.

Dominica Football Development Program, Dominica
Toronto, Ontario
During the week I worked with Youth Sports Officers, Primary School Teachers, Academy Coaches and Referees. These workshops were facilitated in an interactive manner, where small group tasks were completed in both theoretical and practical activities. Time was split between classroom and field. The referee's session was conducted solely in the classroom. The level of participation and enthusiasm from the attendees was high, all were eager to participate in the discussions, session planning and session delivery.