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Activity leaders are trained by DAFA in a way that best meets the community’s needs

TRAINING DAYS DAFA, a partnership-based training programme in Quebec, Canada, received the World Leisure Organization’s Innovation Award earlier this year. Tom Walker spoke to programme leader Sonia Vaillancourt about the DAFA model What is DAFA? DAFA stands for Diplôme d’Aptitude aux Fonctions d’Animateur, or ‘group facilitation skills certificate’. Established in 2009, it delivers training courses, materials, support and oversight for activity leaders, instructors and managers of sports and other recreational activities in Quebec and Canada. The programme validates the work of activity leaders, promotes their recruitment and retention, and encourages their mobility between networks through recognition across the country. What makes it unique is that it is the result of an unprecedented cooperative effort by Quebec’s recreation organisations, working together to manage the programme’s development.

Thanks to its decentralised structure and the flexibility it provides to organisations, training can be adapted to the needs of any community. As a result, it’s now recognised by all national leisure organisations. More than 25,000 young people have already enrolled in DAFA training, along with nearly 400 municipalities and local organisations. Around 800 instructors also now offer DAFA training.

What were the motives for setting it up? Seven national recreational organisations – through an initiative set up by Quebec’s Council of Leisure (Conseil Québécois du Loisir or CQL) – shared their experiences about the challenges they faced in sports training and management. These included

Vaillancourt says a flexible and decentralised format is key

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Sports Management October 2016 issue 127  

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