The Alberta Sport Development Centre provides services to elite athletes from northwest Alberta which will help take them to the next level in their sport. The northwest Centre is a result of a partnership between Grande Prairie Regional College and the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation (ASRPWF).
The objective of ASDC NW is to surround athletes with excellence, providing them with the leadership and support tools they need to reach excellence in their sport.
Through a strategic partnership with the ASRPWF, the Alberta Sport Development Centre is located on the campus of the Grande Prairie Regional College. The Centre operates with an Advisory Board that represents many different aspects of the sports needs of this region.
To Support emerging Alberta athletes and coaches to achieve their competitive goals through the education and delivery of sport sciences.
To enhance sport in Alberta.
The ASDC Northwest Region will work towards attaining the following goals:
- Education - Members of the sport community of Northwestern Alberta are knowledgeable in the areas of Athlete, Coach and Sport Development
- Performance - Athletes and Coaches are given resources and support to achieve success
- Leadership - The ASDC-Northwest works both locally and provincially to promote best practices in Sport, Athlete and Coach Development
- Organization - ASDC-Northwest maintains financial and in-kind support
We will achieve these goals by offering a fully integrated sport science environment providing programs and services to all emerging elite athletes, coaches, administrators, and organizations. These programs and services will focus on a holistic approach while partnering with local sport organizations to identify gaps within specific training cycles.
Canadian Sport For Life
This website describes a 7 stage Canadian model of Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD), a training, competition and recovery program based on developmental age-the maturation level of an individual-rather than chronological age. It is athlete centered, coach driven, and administration, sport science and sponsor supported. Athletes who progress through LTAD experience training and competition in programs that consider their biological and training ages in creating periodized plans specific to their development needs.
Sport Canada currently supports a network of Canadian Sport Centres across Canada in order to enhance the training environment for high performance stream athletes. This system is viewed as a major vehicle to achieve the objective of enhancing the level and increasing the efficiency of delivery of services for high performance athletes and coaches.
The Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation (ASRPWF) in support of Sport Canada’s plan are pursuing the creation of a Provincial network that will provide support for inter-provincial emerging athletes. It is hoped that these Regional Centres will provide a vital stepping stone for the emerging Provincial athlete to excel to the National ranks and train at the National Sport Centre’s.
Currently, the ASRPWF is supporting Regional Sport Centre in Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Calgary, Edmonton, and Lethbridge within the province of Alberta. All of the Centers have development of sport science application initiatives and coach development programs for athletes. All of the Centres are affiliated with the Canadian Sport Centre in Calgary.
The Centres efforts focus on the developing sport science application initiatives, high performance training of emerging athletes, coaches and sport leaders and providing good leadership and organizational practices. The shared vision is that of a collective approach, providing sport science support in an athlete centered structure, will result in improved emerging athlete development in Northwestern Alberta.
ASDC supports the idea of a holistic training approach to reach optimal athletic potential for any athlete. By combining sport science applications with support from experts in nutrition, sport psychology and injury prevention, athletes build an ideal environment for optimum development and performance in athletics and their personal life.