Planning Process

The 2013 Sport Plan process

The Alberta Sport Plan renewal was led by Alberta Culture and Tourism with the support of the Alberta Sport Plan Advisory Committee. The process involved 4 phases of extensive consultation with Albertans and stakeholders from across the spectrum of Sport in Alberta.


Pre-Forum Consultation - The Alberta Sport Plan survey, "It's Your Call" was launched on August 27th, 2013 and closed October 11, 2013. The purpose of the survey was to gather information and develop a better understanding of how Albertans perceive sport and their priorities for sport within Alberta. In order to gauge priorities for sport, Albertans were asked to allocate 200 points among the six areas of sport.

  1. Physical Literacy - the ability of an individual to move with competence and confidence in a wide variety of physical activities in different setting that benefit the healthy development of the individual.
  2. Introduction to Sport - participants are introduced to the fundamentals of sport through program delivered primarily by clubs and schools, and local recreation departments.
  3. Recreational Sport - individuals participate in organized and/or unorganized sport programs or activities. Participants are motivated by fun, health, social interaction and relaxation.
  4. Competitive Sport - programming is focused on facilitating the pursuit of competitive objectives by participants, and is organized and regulated within an agreed upon set of rules and codes of conduct.
  5. High Performance Sport - the most talented athletes perform at the highest levels of competition. Athletes require highly-specialized coaching, facilities, and athlete services.
  6. Sport for Development - Recognizing the sport participation in all contexts contributes to community building in a wide variety of ways, sport is being used intentionally with increasing frequency, for social and economic development purposes.

The results of the survey can be found in What We Heard document .


Alberta Sport Forum - The Alberta Sport Forum was held on November 1st and 2nd at the Donald School of Business in Red Deer, Alberta. A total of 90 invited stakeholders were present at the forum. Stakeholders in attendance provided representation for the different areas of sport (e.g. Introductory, Physical Literacy, Recreational, Competitive, High Performance and Sport for Development) as well as health, post-secondary education, municipalities, education, schools, recreation, and active living. The Sport Forum provided an opportunity to have facilitated conversations with the intention of setting the priorities of amateur sport in Alberta. Details of the discussions can be found in the What We Heard document .


Regional Conversations - The Alberta Sport Plan Regional Conversations were held in December, 2013 and January, 2014. A total of eight regional conversations were hosted across Alberta in Medicine Hat, Fort McMurray, Falher, Lac La Biche, Lacombe, Fort MacLeod, Leduc and Airdrie. The intent of the Regional Conversations was to ensure Albertans were provided an opportunity to discuss regional and rural challenges, and opportunities, as well as highlight local priorities for sport. Details of the discussions can be found in the What We Heard document.


Draft Alberta Sport Plan - Going the Distance: The Alberta Sport Plan - Draft for Consultation was released on May 1, 2014. Albertans were invited to provide feedback on the draft document through an online survey which closed May 30th, 2014. Feedback from this phase of consultation was incorporated into the Going the Distance: The Alberta Sport Plan. The information received can be found in the What We Heard document .

Last reviewed/revised: March 9, 2015

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