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Province invites comment on game plan for amateur sport

The Alberta government is calling on Albertans to provide feedback on the proposed Alberta Sport Plan. 

Minister Starke pitches

Play Ball! Minister Starke with junior high students from St. Thomas More at St. Francis Xavier Sport Centre

The plan aims to promote excellence in amateur sport and increase participation in sport across all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

With multiple sport organizations in the province, the draft Alberta Sport Plan proposes a more integrated sport system to make the most of investments and support for athletes at all levels of development – from playground to podium.

“Every Albertan should have the opportunity to participate in sport, at any level, at any age. The Alberta Sport Plan must align with the needs of Albertans and our communities. It will help us harness the power of sport while ensuring we make the best use of our resources.”

Dr. Richard Starke, Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation

Going the Distance: The Alberta Sport Plan 2014-24 is based on the input of thousands of Albertans and once completed will provide direction for the next decade.

The deadline for providing feedback is May 30.

“History shows sport matters in our society.  The intent of the new Alberta Sport Plan is to support citizens to be more engaged and productive in all segments of our population.”

Highlights:

The draft Alberta Sport Plan calls for:

  • promotion of the value of sport;
  • capacity building and collaboration;
  • creative solutions to respond to societal changes; and
  • accountability through common goals and measurement.

Next steps outlined in the plan include:

  • reviewing the existing sport funding model;
  • ensuring strategies are in place to attract sport events; and
  • developing strategies to recruit and retain quality coaches and officials and increase volunteer participation.

What we heard in developing the draft plan:

  • Albertans want a consistent and inspiring vision for sport;
  • Albertans want a plan that supports all levels of sport, from playground to the podium;
  • Albertans want more coordination and less duplication; and
  • Albertans want a plan that is founded on trust and transparency.

Quick Facts:

  • Previous consultation to develop the Alberta Sport Plan included an online survey, a sport forum and conversations with stakeholders across the province.
  • Budget 2014 allocates $27.9 million for sport, recreation and active living, including $18.9 million to the Alberta Sport Connection.
  • There are more than 125 provincial sport, recreation and active living associations in Alberta.
  • More than 77,000 young Albertans have participated in Alberta Games since 1976.
  • The Alberta Sport Plan was last updated in 2004. 
     

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