The Alberta Sport System diagram shows the integrated nature of sport in Alberta.
It provides a framework that identifies the efforts and activities necessary to ensure Alberta has the leadership and capacity to:
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Alberta is the national leader in sport with a coordinated and adaptive system which promotes excellence and fosters opportunities for life-long participation for all Albertans.
The vision provides a collective goal for the sport sector and serves as the foundation for the entire system to help:
Coordinating efforts and activities across the full spectrum of sport is at the core of the Alberta sport system. Together we must come up with creative solutions to promote sport, build capacity and ensure alignment, coordination, and accountability.
To grow and develop the Alberta sport system it is essential that sport support and sport delivery agencies are functioning optimally.
This includes the Government of Alberta, Alberta Sport Connection, municipal governments, provincial sport organizations, national sport agencies, local sports clubs and agencies, schools and post-secondary institutions.
Through the advancement of both sport support and sport delivery and ensuring coordinated efforts and activities, the Alberta sport system will have a positive impact on a number of Albertans. These Albertans include athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, parents, teachers, participants and administrators.
Focused, coordinated efforts and activities are required to provide the energy necessary to transform sport into an adaptive system. This includes partnerships with current and potential stakeholders.
All stakeholders within the Alberta sport system have a responsibility to advance these coordinated efforts and activities which include:
The Alberta sport system needs to better articulate the value of participating in sport, hosting events, and delivering quality programs and activities. It is a responsibility of all stakeholders in the Alberta sport system to promote the value of sport by increasing external communication. This includes focusing on the value of sport and marketing and communication as identified below.
Increase the understanding of the many physical, social and mental benefits associated with sport in the province.
Ensure that administrators, coaches, and officials are viewed as professionals and, together with athletes, are contributing to greater societal outcomes.
Develop common language and messaging throughout the sector and mechanisms that allow for increased communication channels to better promote outcomes, programs, and resources.
A successful sport system will be reflected by the alignment and collaboration of multiple stakeholders from multiple sectors. It is therefore essential that the Alberta Sport System focus on cross-sector engagement and collaboration with educational institutions, communities and municipalities, and across sports.
Engage and work collaboratively with other sectors (e.g. health, education, early childhood, active living, justice, human services) to ensure efforts are coordinated while working toward a common goal and increasing provision of quality programs across Alberta.
Develop strategies to increase engagement with other Ministries. Specifically, work with Alberta Education around curriculum development, physical literacy and school use.
Work directly with educational institutions and school boards to ensure resources and best practices are being utilized before, during and after school.
Recognize the benefits of collaboration and ensure increased coordination and communication between provincial and municipal bodies.
Develop mechanisms to increase coordination among sporting organizations in an attempt to increase efficiency and reduce duplication.
Provide athletes with the opportunity to optimally develop at early ages through participation in quality programs and activities.
The Alberta sport system needs to focus on capacity building at all levels to ensure optimal functioning.
As identified below, organizational capacity and training and education are areas that must be strengthened in order to advance sport within Alberta. This includes examining current capacities and activities and developing strategies that address the existing needs.
Determine if current governance models are still effective, and what supports are required for enhanced functionality of volunteer boards.
Examine how to develop quality Alberta leaders from the community through to provincial, national and international levels.
Examine the current capacity of organizations within the system and identify what supports are required to enhance programs and services.
Examine current deficiencies and gaps and enhance training opportunities for boards and volunteers.
Strengthen Alberta’s coach and official system by examining current training and certifications, determining appropriate accountability measures, and ensuring both coaches and officials are viewed as professionals.
Provide professional development for coaches and officials which ensures they have the skills and knowledge necessary to deliver quality programs and activities in safe environments.
Provide professional development for individuals who support the sport system (e.g. teachers, recreation leaders, child care workers) which ensures they have the skills and knowledge necessary to deliver quality programs and activities in safe environments.
Examine and enhance educational and professional development opportunities for new and existing staff within the sector.
Provide opportunities for parents to learn about the benefits of unstructured play, physical literacy, and participating in quality physical activity and sports programs.
Develop tools that can be used to educate parents and spectators about acceptable behaviour at sporting events.
The Alberta sport system needs to ensure it responds to societal changes and trends. It is therefore necessary that all stakeholders begin to introduce creative solutions. This includes examining and improving practices related to innovation and knowledge production and integration.
Use advances in technology and social media to better promote and market programs and increase engagement with Albertans.
Introduce bold ideas and create a culture where organizations can think and do differently.
Integrate research and technology across all parts of the system as a way of enhancing programs and services.
Promote and share promising practices and develop mechanisms for continuous evaluation and feedback.
There is a need to ensure accountability at all levels of the Alberta sport system. This includes developing accountability criteria that identify common goals, appropriate measures and clearly articulates how all stakeholders will be accountable.
Identify what accountability looks like at all levels within the system and determine how to best ensure we are meeting established accountability criteria.
Identify common goals and shared measures at all levels of the system to ensure continuous improvement.
In addition to coordinated efforts and activities around promotion, alignment and collaboration, capacity building, creative solutions and accountability, the Alberta sport system requires a collaborative approach for both sport support and sport delivery across the province. Both sport support and sport delivery are necessary to administer sport in Alberta.
There are a number of activities that need to take place to ensure the support and delivery agencies are functioning optimally.
Sport support references the foundational aspects that the Alberta sport system needs in order to function properly. Areas that must be examined and receive adequate support if the Alberta sport system is going to advance include funding, communication and engagement, regional support, facilities and events.
Review existing funding models (organizational and individual grants) and clearly articulate criteria to ensure an adaptive and responsive system.
Collaborate across the three orders of government (federal, provincial, and municipal) to fund sport.
Seek funding from public and private sector organizations and individuals with similar values, mandates and outcomes.
Using common language and messaging, communicate mechanisms and ensure the promotion of programs and resources across all sports and at all levels.
Share ideas, skills, strengths, competencies and practices in an effort to support one another and improve the system as a whole.
Accommodate the diverse geographic and demographic needs of communities across Alberta.
Improve participation rates and access to public facilities by examining cost, space allocation, time allocation, and school use.
Ensure community, competitive and high performance sport and recreation infrastructure across the province is invested in, developed and maintained.
Ensure strategies align to attract local, provincial, national, and international sport events and support host communities and organizations.
Attract events that will leave a legacy at both the community and provincial level.
Sport delivery represents the direct provision of sporting opportunities within the Alberta sport system. This includes examining the developmental sport environment, the competitive sport environment, and the recreational sport environment. It also includes ensuring investments, actions and activities supporting athletes across all stages of development are aligned with Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) and the Long Term Athlete Development Framework.
Examine the role of municipal, local and club programs in the developmental pathway.
Support programs that implement physical literacy and focus on the development of sport friendly CS4L communities.
Recognize the importance of schools in the developmental pathway.
Focus on integrating physical literacy into curriculum, examining the role of school sport and ensuring schools capitalize on partnerships with sports organizations and other stakeholders responsible for delivering quality sport and physical activity experiences.
Increase opportunities for participation in quality developmental programs and activities across ALL abilities and backgrounds and in safe environments.
Different strategies will need to be developed with different demographics (e.g. Aboriginal, new Canadians, people with disabilities, girls and women, people living with a low-income).
Develop strategies to recruit, recognize, support and retain quality coaches and officials in developmental programs.
Increase the number of volunteers in the developmental environment and examine volunteer recruitment, training, retention and recognition.
Recognize the importance of safe and ethical participation in developmental programs and activities.
Develop strategies to ensure participants, athletes, coaches, officials, instructors, teachers and volunteers have the knowledge, skills and resources to support safe and ethical participation.
Examine the current tracking systems and funding programs for athletes.
Develop strategies to recruit, recognize, support and retain quality coaches and officials in the competitive environment.
Ensure coaches and officials have access to opportunities for engagement and advancement in the competitive environment.
Increase the number of volunteers in the competitive environment and examine volunteer recruitment, training, retention and recognition.
Ensure athletes and coaches have access to integrated support teams providing appropriate services (e.g. nutrition, strength and conditioning, injury prevention, rehabilitation and sport psychology).
Examine the current multi-sport games model and their alignments to the Long Term Athlete Development Framework.
Recognize and examine the need for different collaborative approaches for high performance programs and infrastructure at provincial, national and international levels.
Articulate the collaborative efforts of different partners with high performance sport delivery at the provincial, national and international level.
Recognize the importance of safe and ethical participation in competitive programs and activities.
Develop strategies to ensure athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers have the knowledge, skills and resources to support safe and ethical competition.
Increase opportunities for participation in quality recreational programs and activities across ALL abilities and backgrounds and in safe environments.
Different strategies will need to be developed with different demographics (e.g. Aboriginal, new Canadians, people with a disability, girls and women, people living with a low-income, adults, and seniors).
Develop strategies to recruit, recognize, support and retain quality leaders and instructors in recreational programs.
Increase the number of volunteers in the recreational environment and examine volunteer recruitment, training, retention and recognition.
Develop strategies to recruit, recognize, support and retain quality volunteer coaches and officials in recreational programs.
Recognize the importance of safe and ethical participation in recreational programs and activities.
Develop strategies to ensure participants, leaders, instructors, and volunteers have the knowledge, skills and resources to support safe and ethical participation.