Sport Council Newsletter

The Grande Prairie Sport Council is a volunteer driven, not for profit organization representing and serving the Grande Prairie regional sport community.

We serve as a collective voice for sport in our region, striving for quality sport experiences for all and attracting, creating and retaining sport tourism opportunities for Grande Prairie region.

This e-newsletter goes out twice a month. If you would like to share your information with the community email 

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In this issue:

Upcoming Workshops/Seminars

Upcoming Workshops/Seminars (for more information click on links)

Board Development Program Open Workshop

Hosted by the GP Volunteer Services Bureau
September 19, 2015

Presented in partnership with the Board Development Program, this workshop is one every volunteer board member, whether new or experienced, should take.  You need to know what your legal responsibilities are and what, you, personally, could be held accountable for; and enhance your skills and work effectively as a team member.  

For more info or to register:  

Strategies & Skills for More Effective Grant Applications Workshop

Hosted by the GP Volunteer Services Bureau
September 29, 2015

Grant writing is hard, time consuming work with no guarantee of a positive result.  However, funders do have money and they want to give it to deserving organizations.  The workshop focuses on skills and strategies to develop effective grant applications.  Trainer is Cheryl King of Greenleaf Consulting. 

For more information or to register:

Using Media & Social Media for Non-Profits

Hosted by the GP Volunteer Services Bureau
September 22, 2015

Find out what tools and resources you can use to get the word out about your organization and events. What is the best method to approach the media? How can you have an impact on social media? Come with your questions. 

For more information or to register:

Sport Trainer Course

Hosted by Alberta Sport Development Centre - NW
September 12 & 13, 2015

Increase your theoretical and practical knowledge in injury prevention & treatment. Learn unique and practical taping techniques for most common sports injuries. This course is a combination of the Athletic Injury Management and Sport Taping & Strapping courses rolled into one. Participants who complete the two day course will receive their certificates for Athletic Injury Management and Sport Taping & Strapping


Part A 
October 23 & 24 (Fri 6-9pm, Sat 9am-6pm)
GPRC Fairview Campus

Part B 
November 6 & 7 (Fri 6-9pm, Sat 9am-6pm) 
GPRC Grande Prairie Campus

Competition Development Psychology of Performance 
November 20 6-9:30pm and November 21 9am-12:30pm 
GPRC Grande Prairie Campus

Competition Development Managing Conflict
November 21 1:30pm – 6:00pm 
GPRC Grande Prairie Campus

*Registration is now only available through the Coaching Association of Canada’s Coach Locker. Courses will be posted & registration open Aug 21st: Click here for link to website 

Summer Camps 

It may feel like summer is coming to an end but there are still a few camps going on during those last couple of weeks of August. 

Check out the Grande Prairie Sport Council website for links to camps around the region.
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Upcoming Events & Programs 

Tour of Alberta 

The Tour of Alberta is Canada’s first and highest ranked professional road cycling stage race. With an international audience of over 45.5 million viewers last year! Held September 2 – 7, 2015, the Tour of Alberta presented by ATB Financial will see approximately 120 of the world’s best cyclists race across a diverse and beautiful landscape of Alberta’s urban and rural roads throughout the six-day stage race.


Stage 1 
This world-class event will begin with Pomeroy Inn & Suites Stage 1’s Team Time Trial (TTT) in the City of Grande Prairie on Wednesday, September 2. Start and finish will be at Eastlink Centre. 

Road Closures: Tour of Alberta road closures for the TTT September 2nd will start at 5pm and end at ~8pm. Access in and out of some areas of Grande Prairie will be limited or not accessible at all. 

More info

Stage 2
During SUBWAY ® Stage 2, the peloton will race by the scenic boreal forests of the County of Grande Prairie.

Road Closures: Tour of Alberta road closures for Stage 2 on September 3rd in the County will be between the hrs of 10:30 a.m. & ~5:30 p.m. Traffic will experience delays due to periodic road closures lasting between 10 and 25 minutes

More info 

Who should attend?

This event is open to everyone! It's free and if seeing the world’s best cyclists compete isn't reason enough to come to the Tour of Alberta, at each start and finish location event goers are also able to enjoy a festival packed with live entertainment, interactive vendors, local food varieties and fun activities. Both Stage 1 and Stage 2 should not be missed!

SAVE THE DATE: September 18 & 19.

Physical Literacy & Sport for life Summit Grande Prairie 

Sport 4 Life is a movement to improve the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada.

Joining us at the CS4L Grande Prairie Summit will be Dr. Dean Kriellaars, Dr. Doug Gleddie & Richard Way.

Dr. Dean Kriellaars is the Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, School of Medical Rehabilitation in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Kriellaars has worked extensively in the field of physical literacy for well over a decade.

Dr. Doug Gleddie is the Assistant Professor for Elementary Physical Education at the University of Alberta. Sport, Recreation, Education & Health leaders - mark your calendars. This is a summit you wont want to miss. Building Physical Literacy - one piece at a time.

Dr. Richard Way is an architect of Canadian Sport for Life + the Long Term Athlete Development Framework. As a senior leader for the CS4L Leadership team, he has provided guidance to 56 National Sport Organizations in Canada.

Optional: Sunday September 20th Fundamental Movement Skills Community Leadership Workshop (8:30 am to 4:30pm) Workshop is not included in the $95.00 registration fee. 

Online registration Opens August 17 @ 4pm


Alberta Sport Development Centre Northwest
Performance Training Group Information

Creating strong, powerful and durable athletes ages 13 to 17 
Performance Training Group

Sept 14 – Dec 18
Training 2x/week for 13 weeks
$410 + GST
Grade 7 & 8, M & W 6:30-7:30pm
Grade 9-12, M & W 7:30-8:30pm
Grade 9-12, T & TH 6:30-7:30pm

ASDC provides developmentally appropriate performance training based on sport science. Sessions are led by experienced and university educated Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCS). Training develops the right physical attributes at the right time with focus on technical proficiency and movement mechanics to take you to the next level of sport.

Training Outcomes
Develop attributes required for athletic success: strength, speed, power, agility, and quickness
Decrease likelihood of injury
Increase ability to train hard over a longer period of time
For more information please call 780-539-2072. Or register online by clicking on this link.


For more information or to register: or call 780 539 2072
Rookie Week for the Grande Prairie Piranhas Swim Club is happening September 1-4! Ages 6 and up welcome! to register!
Contact: Vallyn Schmidt, Recreation Programmer 
Phone: 780-357-8728 

A.P.E (Alternative Physical Education)


Reserve your spot in Grande Prairie's own Parkour education class. Give your kids a top notch athletic foundation, while they learn to train and play both safely and respectfully outdoors.

Canadian Parkour facility.
Duathlon Series (Run 3KM, Bike 8KM, Run 3KM)June 18, July 16, August 20 – 2015

3 events, 3 different courses, 1 location – South Bear Creek

Beat the Bear will be a sprint series over the course of 3 months. 

Once a month on Thursday night, the registrants will meet, race and conquer the Bear.

For more information or to register:

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Money, Money, Money

Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta 
2015 Impact Grant Applications. 

Due September 30, 2015

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Volunteer Opportunities


There are exciting volunteer opportunities fot two major curling events – The Canada Cup which is in Grande Prairie December 2-6, and the Scotties Tournament of Hearts which will be here in February 2016.  Canada Cup information is available here, and the Scotties here 

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Community Corner

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Grande Prairie Regional Sport Calendar

Stay up to date on the sport events in the GP region by checking our sport calendar regularly!
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 Sport Council Membership  

Purchase Membership

Sport advocates that become members of the Grande Prairie Sport Council have an opportunity to play a role in influencing the growth and enhancement of sport in our region.

Members include individuals, sport and other community organizations, and business. Only individual members may hold office.

To learn more about the benefits of becoming a member check out our website at
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