Thursday October 30, 2014
The Calgary Aquabelles Synchronized Swimming Club is pleased to announce they have become the second athletic club, and the first synchronized swimming club in Canada, to achieve Level 1 Certified Status in the Club Excellence Program. This is currently the highest standard available within the Club Excellence Program.
Throughout their 48-year history, the Calgary Aquabelles have striven for success and excellence in all that we do. Our stated mission is to develop well-rounded, confident athletes by providing the opportunity to achieve their full potential through the sport of synchronized swimming. As an organization we try to surround our athletes with the best coaches, the best programs, the best facilities and the best organization possible, providing a well rounded, supportive environment to help our athletes reach their goals. We are fortunate to be working as a Sport Partner with the Talisman Centre who share these values. Part of our objective is to build on our successes in the pool by taking a leadership role in synchronized swimming and sport in general. Achieving Level 1 Certified Status is another step in this process. We are proud of this achievement, recognizing that it was only accomplished as a result of the hard work and dedication of all of the members of the club, past and present, who have contributed their time and energy in building the organization. We encourage all sport clubs to get involved in making their organizations better by participating in the Club Excellence program at the appropriate level.
About Club Excellence
Club Excellence is the only national multi-sport certification program for club level sport. It strives to build a network of healthy, strong and sustainable sport clubs and sport organizations across Canada. The Club Excellence Cooperative (CEC) was created in 2007 with common goals to identify a stable and supportive environment for coaches, improve implementation of Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) at the community level, and ensure quality club programming built on the True Sport values of fairness, excellence, inclusion and fun. Based on 30 standards, the program recognizes clubs and associations that invest in building capacity to meet and exceed a basic set of operating principles.
The vision of Club Excellence is to establish a network of healthy, strong and sustainable sport clubs and sport organizations in Canada. At its core, it is the certification program that aims to increase the capacity of the sport delivery and management system in Canada that can deliver values-based and developmentally-appropriate programs for all athletes. The Level 1 Certification focuses on Sport Delivery and Sport Management. Program Deliverystandards integrate the design and implementation of programs which foster the long term development of athletes consistent with guidelines detailed within sport’s LATD model and delivered in a manner consistent with the True Sport Principles. Coaching standards are focused on providing participants with access to coaches with the necessary tools to prepare for, initiate and execute effective programs for the development of participants and athletes. The standards place an emphasis on safety, ethical conduct and appropriate training and certification. Sport Management addresses organizational design, policies, management, and marketing. Clubs that have clear and consistent polices, stated values, and make deliberate decisions in line with their mission and move them toward their vision, will spend less time managing issues, and more time attracting/retaining volunteers and building/delivering programs. These clubs are transparent about their operations and financial management and put policies in place to ensure those responsible do not abuse their position.
Club Excellence Program provides incentives, support and guidelines for clubs in their everyday operations. The Club Excellence program encourages clubs like the Aquabelles to operate differently, plan ahead for challenges and serve their members more effectively. The Aquabelles, led by our Head Coach Jenn Tregale, invite you to learn more about our club at www.aquabelles.com
For more information on the Club Excellence program, please visit www.clubexcellence.com or contact Kyle Johnston, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (613) 521-3340 x3226.