Building team culture


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Photo by Cassandra Wehrhahn

Bruce Wood is seen addressing the attending coaches before the presentation starts.

By Cassandra Wehrhahn

Neepawa Banner & Press

Sports coaches gathered at the Neepawa Public Library for a 6:30 p.m. session on building team culture last Thursday, Sept.27. The session is an effort by Coaching Manitoba, part of Sport Manitoba, and was lead by Support Line Coordinator Bruce Wood of Sport Manitoba. The line coordinator provided details to the Banner & Press prior to the presentation.

What’s the idea?

“The idea behind this session, which is part of National Coaching Week,” said Wood. “Is to offer coaches some ideas about how to develop what is positive and healthy cultures on sport teams, even teams with individual athletes.”

With an emphasis on “positive and healthy”, Wood stated this means “how to support an environment where athletes, young athletes [children and youth], can compete, learn, and excel in an environment that is safe and respectful.”

“I did the same thing in Winnipeg last night, and there are sessions going on all over the place this week,” Wood expressed. “Not just on this topic, but ideas for coaches. How to excel, how to network, how coaches can find a mentor. My specialty is on making sports safe.”

Doing your part

For any suspected incidents of abuse, harassment, bullying, or hazing in sports, folks are encouraged to call Sport Manitoba’s toll free support line ( 1-877-737-9875 ) immediately. Bruce Wood can also be reached for support, consultation, referral, or resources via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .