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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 and we will happily add it to our newsletter for free. 

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GPSC Announcements
Jeanne Lomenda - Administrative Assistant
Grande Prairie Sport Council 
We would like to introduce and send a big welcome to our newest team member Jeanne Lomenda! 

Jeanne is a resident of Sexsmith. She is a dedicated community member and sits on many Boards including the Sexsmith Community Centre Board and Sexsmith Minor Ball. She believes that sport is an important part of a healthy community and we are so happy to have her on the team! 



Nominations due by January 31st

How great would it be to say 'You're awesome!' 'We appreciate all that you do!' 'We are so proud of you!' 'Thank you!'.

Whatever it is you want to say to your coach,volunteer or athlete this is the event to do it!

Without nominations, deserving members of the sport community will go unrecognized at the annual Northwest Sport Excellence Awards evening. 

Forms can be filled or downloaded at

Nominations are open to anyone in Zone 8


Upcoming Events and Programs 
Game Country Archers is proud to be hosting the

2016 Alberta Provincial Indoor 3D Championships

When:Feb 20 & 21, 2016

Location: (New) PARDS Arena, Evergreen Park,

For More Information:
Upcoming Workshops, Clinics & Seminars



Training series is made possible because of  

The Be Fit For Life Centre and the Grande Prairie Sport Council have teamed up with RBC Learn to Play and Makeadiff sports grants to help develop a sustainable and healthy sport community in Grande Prairie and surrounding areas. One of the ways we look forward to doing this is by building our leadership capacity by offering FREE workshops on a variety of topics based on Physical Literacy. Whether you are in sport, recreation, education, early childhood, or health…physical literacy speaks to all of us!

Physical Literacy 101

Location: GPRC
Time: 6-9 PM
Cost: FREE (part of the PL training series)

An Introduction to Physical Literacy – Physical activity is a lot more fun when you are physically literate. Now more than ever, physical  literacy is being recognized as an important component of best practices in the sport, recreation, health and education sectors within Canada. Unfortunately, not  everyone knows or understands what exactly physical literacy is.  The goal of the Physical Literacy 101 Workshop is to cover a broad introduction to the concept of physical literacy. During this workshop, you will take part in an interactive session that will help you to define what exactly physical literacy means and how you can integrate its concepts to improve your programs. You will leave with a solid understanding of what physical literacy is and knowledge of how you can encourage continual improvement and development of physical literacy skills across the lifespan.

Registration for PL 101 February 3rd, 6-9pm



Location: GPRC
Time: 9-4:20

Cost: FREE (part of the PL training series)

The goal of this NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) Workshop is to expose participants to a process that will teach and improve fundamental movement skills for children. The 12 units are designed to be delivered in a one-day workshop format. Each unit focuses on a specific aspect of teaching movement skills or on a specific movement skill. The units give workshop participants many opportunities to assess and improve their teaching of  fundamental movement skills.

Instructions for Coaches to Register

  1. Go to
  2. Click on “The Locker”
  3. This will bring them to the log in page. Coaches will need an NCCP number to log in. If they don’t have one, they can create one. Please note they will need an e-mail address to create one. If anyone has any troubles with this step, just get them to call me and we will sort it out.
  4. After logging in, click on “Calendar”
  5. Go to February 20th and Click “FMS – Community Leader Grande Prairie”. This will bring them to the event page.
  6. On the event page, click “Register Now”
  7. There will be a section that asks “Do you have a coupon code? Enter it here:” Coaches will need to enter in your access code and click “Apply”.
  8. They will then receive confirmation via e-mail that they are registered and will be good to go! 
Coupon code: FMSCL-39634-LP3A

If you register for this course please respectfully attedn - we are looking forward to seeing you!


MARCH 12, 2016

Location: GPRC
Time: 9-4:30PM
Cost: FREE (part of the PL training series)

This one-day training will help front-line leaders (anyone working with children aged 6 to 12 – i.e. camp counselor, coaches, swim instructors) improve the quality of programs. It provides in depth training in the HIGH FIVE Principles of healthy child development so front-line leaders understand what they need to do to ensure each child’s social, emotional and cognitive needs are met. Leaders learn activities and gain knowledge, tips and resources to enhance their programs as well as their relationships with children and other staff members. Topics also include bullying, conflict resolution, physical literacy, children’s mental health and  moderate to vigorous physical activity.

Registration here for High Five- PHCD


MARCH 13, 2016

Location: GPRC
Time: 9-4:30PM
Cost: FREE (part of the PL training series)

This one-day training helps supervisors improve risk management in children’s programs by learning how to measure quality with the HIGH FIVE scientifically validated QUEST 2 Tool. Supervisors will use the QUEST 2 Tool and learn how to enter their data into the HIGH FIVE Database to track their  organization’s progress as well as identify areas of need. They will also learn how to debrief the results of the assessments with staff in a positive way.

Registration here for High Five – Quest 2


APRIL 16TH, 2016

Location: GPRC
Time: 1-4PM
Cost: FREE (part of the PL training series)



APRIL 6TH, 2016

Location: GPRC
Time: 6-9PM
Cost: FREE (part of the PL training series)

This Workshop will provide participants with the ability to execute, score and interpret the physical literacy assessment for youth (PLAY) tools in a sport specific setting. The session includes an update on physical literacy trends, which highlight potential roles for sport associations.  Participants will leave this session with a renewed sense of urgency to address physical literacy through your strong working knowledge of the PLAY tools and their  application. There are numerous opportunities and applications for these tools, including physical literacy awareness for parents and coaches, global and individual tracking of physical literacy, assessing the impact of your programs on physical literacy development and research applications.

Registration here for April 16th Physical Literacy 201 – PLAY Tools

Register here for April 6th Physical Literacy 201 – PLAY Tools 


APRIL 30TH, 2016

Location: GPRC
Time: 1-4PM
Cost: FREE (part of the PL training series)

Participants will learn how to incorporate physical literacy enriched activities into a variety of indoor or outdoor settings. Using the Be Fit For Life Centres  Move & Play cards to develop physical literacy in variety of programs and environments! This resource includes over 75 activity cards focusing on the first 3 stages of the Long Term Athlete Development Model: Active Start, FUNdamentals, and Learn to Train. The activities can be  easily implemented by a coach, educator, recreation leader, early childhood educator or parent. Physical literacy will be discussed as a means to increase  active participation, enhance performance, as well as to reduce risk of injury.

Registration for Move & Play Physical Literacy Enriched Planning


MAY 21ST, 2016

Location: GPRC
Time: 9-2PM
Cost: FREE (part of the PL training series)

This 5-hour training is designed for the competitive coach in a club/organization. Aligned with the Fundamentals and Learn to Train stages of Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD), HIGH FIVE Sport focuses on the social, emotional, and cognitive development and wellbeing of athletes. The training is based in research and has been designed to help coaches with top coaching dilemmas such as dealing with parents, keeping the child’s interest, ensuring fair play and an emotionally safe environment.

Registration opens April, 2016


JUNE 4TH, 2016

Location: GPRC
Time: 9-4PM
Cost: FREE (part of the PL training series)


JUNE 24TH, 2016

Location: GPRC
Time: 9-4PM
Cost: FREE (part of the PL training series)

We believe that physical literacy has the SUPER POWER to enrich your programs. By creating a positive environment filled with exploration, learning, growth, and play this is bound to be the best program yet. When equipped with these powers, leaders truly turn into SUPER HEROS. We want to build capacity within your organizations walls so that you can impact more child & youth in a positive powerful way. This workshop will equip you with all the tools needed for the job so you leave with the knowledge and skills to facilitate a physical literacy training workshop in your organization. Increasing the amount of super staff on your team.

Registration opens April 2016

NCCP Part A Registration 

When: January 29th-30th, 2016
Where: GPRC 

Part A - Make Ethical Decisions - Plan a Practice - Nutrition

To register :

NCCP Part B Registration 

When: Feb 26 & 27, 2016
Where: GPRC 

Part B - Teaching & Learning - Design a Sport program -Basic Mental Skills

To register:

For more information on registration 
Call 780-539-2816 or email  
For more information on Sport Performance Training
Call 780-539-2053 or email
 Click here for online registration
The Grande Prairie Leading Change workshop is an interactive full day workshop that has participants and facilitators interacting with scenarios, exercises, and media clips and discussing how to be an active bystander in ending unhealthy ideas of masculinity, femininity, and sex.  Attached to this email is even more information about the workshop. 

The following workshops are for BOTH MALE & FEMALE participants:

Wednesday, January 13th, 2015
Location: Grande Prairie Library Rotary Training Room
Registration: Contact Wendy Wood @ 780-538-1332 Ext. 109 /
Admission is free but still requires registration.

Saturday, February 27th, 2015
8:30am-4:30pm (Lunch not provided)
Location: Pace, 10031 103 Ave, Grande Prairie Alberta, West Side Glass Door Entrance
Registration: Contact Pace at 780-539-6692.  Admission is free but still requires registration.

The Leading Change Program is also flexible to meet the needs of groups, workplaces, etc. by doing programming once or multiple times for 15min to a number of hours at staff meetings, practices, meetings, etc.
If this is of interest to you or you have any questions, you can contact Jon Nesbitt at Pace by phone or email him at
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