The Grande Prairie Sport Council is a not-for-profit organization led by a volunteer board. We support the growth and enhancement of sport in the Grande Prairie region.

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Opens First Synthetic Turf

An official ribbon cutting ceremony of the first synthetic field in Grande Prairie was held October 30th. 
Located across from Charles Spencer High School in the Community Knowledge Campus, the turf field is designed to host up to provincial level events for both soccer and football.
“As the first synthetic field in the region, it is very exciting for the sport community to have these services available,” says Kylee Haining, Recreation & Sport Department Manager. “The synthetic turf will improve the safety for players and extend the playing seasons.”
This is all part of a larger project that started this spring with the construction of additional parking lots, intersection improvements and the grading and seeding of the entire lot area for the soccer field.
The combined cost of the expansion was 4.7 million.
“In addition to providing important space for school physical education programming and community use, this improves our ability to host high-calibre sport events,” says Mayor Bill Given. “We now have the capacity to host more provincial level events at home in Grande Prairie, and that is definitely something to be proud of.”
A turf field will receive four times as much use as a regular grass field, without the wear and tear.

Women and Leadership Program Professional Development Sessions

Alberta Sport Connection, the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS), and the Canadian Sports Institute Calgary have partnered to deliver the CAAWS’ Women and Leadership Program across the province of Alberta.
The Women and Leadership Program consists of a series of 3-hour professional development sessions. The sessions blend theory with practical applications, and provide an opportunity for women working or volunteering in the sport or physical activity sector to share experiences, reflect on ideas and apply specific techniques. Great opportunity to network and earn NCCP PD Points!
The following workshops are now scheduled at the Percy Page Centre (11759 Groat Rd, Edmonton, AB T5M 3K6):


Effective Communication (November 14th 2014, 1:00-4:00pm): Facilitators – Tanya Dubnicoff & Karen Melnyk In the workplace, effective communication is the foundation for better job performance and relationship building. After this workshop participants will be more strategic and efficient in their communication.

 Consider the importance of your personal brand
 Learn about four distinct communication styles, and identify your preferred style
 Discuss electronic communication and social media etiquette, and how to avoid common pitfalls

Conflict Management (December 5th 2014, 1:00-4:00pm): Facilitator - Karen Melnyk

Conflict, in its many forms, is an inevitable part of our personal and professional lives. This workshop will ensure participants can understand and resolve conflict professionally.
 Consider sources of conflict and the cost of leaving conflict unresolved
 Consider five styles for dealing with conflict, identify your preferred style, and discuss situations when each style should be employed
 Review tips for effective conflict management

Influencing Change (January 9th 2014, 1:00-4:00pm): Facilitator - Tanya Dubnicoff Whether influencing change in your organization, across the sport and physical activity system, or more broadly in society, this workshop will provide participants with theory and practical tools for success.

 Discuss the (under)representation of women in Canada’s Sport and Physical Activity sector and more broadly in society
 Identify elements of effective change movements
 Review tips for being heard and improving your listening skills
 Discuss approaches on how to influence others

Register NOW at
Single workshop: $15.00
For more information:
Adam Sollitt
Karen Melnyk
Tanya Dubnicoff

Play to Win Program Available for Free

Thank you everyone for supporting the 6th Annual Breakfast With Boys event.  It was very well attended and we had tremendous table sponsorship support.  We think we had close to 300 Coaches, Athletes and Community leaders in attendance.  Please email any thoughts or ideas on we can shape this future event.
Our guest speaker Larry Wruck gave a heartfelt message based on his experience personal life and as a professional athlete.  He challenged all males in the room to literally take a stand and start to think about making a change to end gender based violence & sexual degradation.  My favorite quote by Larry at the event was “we all have a role to play, as men, in ending this.”
Last year coaches and community leaders told us they loved the breakfast and wanted to do more.  This year wear we launched the Play to Win program.  This program is a workshop explores gender based violence, behaviors and attitudes surrounding gender stereotypes that contribute to violence.   This workshop is designed so leaders can recognize those teachable moments and help youth in thinking critically about real life issues and challenges they face every day.
Did I mention that it’s FREE! The Grande Prairie and Area Family Violence Network is supporting and funding the program.
For those of you interested in taking the next step, there are four Playing to Win workshops offered in November
1 x 6hr session –Saturday, November 8th (9-12pm 1-4pm)
Location: To Be Announced
Contact: Dee Callfas - Victim Services - 780-830-5728 /
2 x 3hr sessions –Mondays, November 17th & 24th (6:30-9:30pm)
Location: 4th Floor Training Room of Child & Family Services in Grande Prairie 10130 – 99th Avenue
Contact: Dayna Hobbs – Big Brothers Big Sisters – 780-380-7791 /
1 x 6hr session –Friday, November 21st (8:30pm - 12pm 1pm-4:30pm)
Location: PACE (10031 103 Ave, Grande Prairie, AB)
Contact: PACE – 780-539-6692
1 x 6hr session –Saturday, November 22nd (8:30pm - 12pm 1pm-4:30pm)
Location: PACE (10031 103 Ave, Grande Prairie, AB)
Contact: PACE – 780-539-6692
Help us create a movement in GP & Area, please invite a friend to attend Playing to Win.
Mike Anderson
Logistics Officer
Grande Prairie Fire Department

The Grande Prairie Sport Council along with its facility and sport organization partners will be hosting its first annual Try-It Day event November 29th. This event will span across 8 facilities with 27 sports for the youth to choose from!

Try-It Day is a day of sport celebration in conjunction with RBC Sports Day in Canada. It is a national
celebration of the power of sport to build community and get Canadians moving. The official day
caps off a week of more than 1,000 local events and includes a special broadcast on CBC

Try-It Day is a FREE Event for the Grande Prairie Region.

Registration is 50% full! Register at 

Thank you to our supporters:


Local Peace Country Jumpstart Chapter is looking for families to help..


One in three Canadian families cannot afford to enroll their kids in organized sports and physical activity (Vision Critical, 2011) which means many kids are missing out on the benefits that come with organized play. 

This is not necessary for families in the Grande Prairie Region. The local Peace Country Jumpstart Chapter has money and they want to help!

How can they help?

They get kids in the game by assisting with the costs associated with registration, equipment and/or transportation for sports and physical activity programming. They also lend support to unique initiatives aimed at increasing access to sports and physical activity programming.

There are families in our region that need support and we need your help to find them! Please download and print off a copy of the very-easy-to-fill-out application form and give it to someone that could use a little extra support.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Application Form 

Don't have a printer? Applications can be picked up and dropped off at the service desk at Canadian Tire. 

You can also help by sharing this information and helping get the word out there!