Jan 9, 2015

Talisman Centre sets the bar with 32 of its Sport Partners embarking on the Club Excellence multi-sport journey

Talisman Centre - Calgary, AB – January 9, 2015 – Talisman Centre is excited to announce its recent strategic alignment as a delivery partner with Club Excellence has been instrumental in supporting 32 Sport Partners in beginning their Club Excellence journey. The Club Excellence framework has not only created tactical leaps and bounds for the Sport Partners in the international sports arena; it also became the catalyst for the facility’s vision to redefine its Sport Partner status and to further enhance the training and competition environment for the development of Calgary’s performance athletes. 
Over the past six months, Talisman Centre has been diligently supporting the Club Excellence application and training process with its Sport Partners. The results of the certification framework will better enable Talisman Centre to deliver a higher quality of essential services to its Sport Partners by establishing itself as a performance partner, recognizing Sport Partners that are on a performance trajectory and contributing to a mutually beneficial partnership with shared goals and measurable outcomes. 
Furthermore, the certification standards and tangible criteria points allow Talisman Centre to more effectively manage, differentiate and support its Sport Partners whose commitments vary between recreational purposes to those competing and vying for Olympic teams. Talisman Centre has redefined its Sport Partner criteria levels and corresponding benefits into three tiers following its brand umbrella - Compete, Train and Play. 
COMPETE (3): The top level Compete, all garner a Level 1 Certified Status in the Club Excellence program or equivalent in conjunction with Talisman Centre’s additional criteria. Concentration is on Stages 5 and 6 of the Long-term Athlete Development (LTAD) model. 
• Calgary Aquabelles Synchronized Swimming Club 
• Killarney Swim Club
• Water Polo Canada Senior Men’s National Team
TRAIN (14): Sport Partners that achieved the Train level all received Affiliate status with Club Excellence and have partially met joint criteria with Talisman Centre. Focus is on sport specific training, Stages 3, 4 and 5 of the LTAD with participation in national or higher events. 
• Ares Modern Pentathlon & Fencing Club
• Cascade Swim Club 
• Calgary Torpedoes Water Polo Club 
• Calgary International Track Club
• Calgary Olympic Track Club 
• Calgary Patriots Swim Club
• Calgary Renegades Water Polo Club
• Calgary Warriors Track Club
• Chinook Rhythmique Gymnastics Club
• Dive Calgary
• Nose Creek Swim Association
• Priori Epee Fencing Club
• Wild Water Polo Club 
PLAY (15) The Play level focuses on Stages 1, 2 and 7 of the LTAD where Sport Partners have defined their purpose primarily for recreational or game play. 
• Alberta Soccer Association 
• Calgary Aquamums Masters Synchronized Swimming Club 
• Calgary Ladies Field Hockey Association 
• Calgary Masters Swimming Club 
• Calgary Polo Splash Water Polo Club
• Calgary Seawolves Water Polo Club
• Calgary Senior Men’s Basketball Association
• Calgary Sport & Social Club
• Calgary Underwater Hockey Club 
• Calgary Women’s Basketball Association
• Evolution Volleyball League
• Field Hockey Alberta 
• Field Hockey Association of Calgary
• Rocky Mountain Diving Club 
“The enhancements made to Talisman Centre’s Sport Partner application process is one of the most significant steps the Centre has taken in years to demonstrate a commitment to sport and to help athletes realize their full potential,” said Jeff Booke, CEO of Talisman Centre. “We applaud our Sport Partners for their efforts in taking these steps to transform the way they deliver sport and strengthen their alignment with our vision, mission and values.”
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. Club Excellence Cooperative (CEC) was created in 2007 with common goals to identify a stable and supportive environment for coaches, provide clubs with the tools and resources to enable them to deliver a sport experience that is based on the True Sport values of fairness, excellence, inclusion and fun, improve implementation of LTAD at the community level, and ensure quality club programming. The program recognizes clubs and associations that invest in building capacity to meet and exceed a basic set of operating principles. For more, please visit www.clubexcellence.com or contact Kyle Johnston, atkjohnston@cces.ca or (613) 521-3340 x3226.
About Talisman Centre
Talisman Centre has been one of Calgary’s most iconic and beloved facilities for more than 30 years located in the heart of downtown and set in the middle of beautiful Lindsay Park. Talisman Centre provides elite and amateur athletes with an inclusive atmosphere and wide spectrum of world-class training services. It continues to serve as the training facility for many of Canada’s Olympic, Paralympic and World Champion athletes. The uniqueness of the facility can be experienced daily as citizens of Calgary work out and train alongside world class athletes. Rediscover Talisman Centre and its cutting edge programs and services by visiting www.talismancentre.com
To speak to a spokesperson, please contact:
Aimee Johnston, Sport Director
Talisman Centre
403 355 1244

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