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MISSION AND VISION
The Canadian Cycling Association's network of National Cycling Centres is made up of two National Team Training Centres (NTTCs) and three National Development Centres (NDCs).
This network has evolved from the already-existing National Cycling Centre network in order to respond to a need for better quality services to athletes in the Learn to Win* and Train to Win* Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) phases, as well as to assist the weaker provinces to provide professional coaching to their athletes in the Learn to Compete* and Train to Compete* phases.
The goal is to ensure the necessary support and monitoring is available for athletes as they climb the cycling development ladder from their initiation to cycling at the club level to the elite national team.
The mission of the National Team Training Centres (NTTCs) is to provide world-class support to Canadian National Team athletes in the following areas:
These services will be available to identified National Team athletes only, and the success of these services will be evaluated based on the achievement of established performance goals by these athletes.
- Sport Science and medicine
- Training support
- Life services
The mission of the National Development Centres (NDCs) is to become a regional centre of cycling activities and resources, and to provide the crucial link to emerging athletes between club programs and the national team by supporting provincial programs in the areas of:
- Talent ID (outreach programs, camps, etc.)
- Athlete Development (training camps, coaching services, etc.)
- Consulting to club coaches
CYCLING CENTRE LOCATIONS
The choice of locations of the five centres is a result of weighing the considerations of geography, cycling demography and the infrastructures and additional funding opportunities that are already in place in Canada.
Canadian cycling can be divided into five regions based on a combination of demographics and geography: Pacific (British Columbia), Central (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon), Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic (Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador)
As a result of these considerations, the two NTTCs have been located in provinces where there are strong, existing programs at the Learn to Compete* and Train to Compete* phases. These are British Columbia, which is investing heavily in coaching, and Quebec, which has long had a very strong provincial program with coach support. In addition, the establishment of NTTCs in the east and the west gives equitable access to services for eastern and western athletes without spreading the CCA's limited resources too thinly.
The western NTTC is the National Cycling Centre - Victoria, where the CCA has hired a full-time head coach (Houshang Amiri) and is also investing in programming funds and additional funds for sport science in the form of a cycling Performance Enhancement Team (PET; see separate document). PacificSport Victoria, a legacy organization of the 1994 Commonwealth Games, is matching much of the CCA funding to create an overall budget of approximately $240,000, dedicated exclusively for supporting elite national team athletes.
For 2006 the eastern NTTC is provisionally located at the Bromont National Cycling Centre in Quebec, where the CCA will invest to develop the capacity to effectively support National Team athletes. This will include the hiring of a head coach, the purchasing of equipment and renting of facilities. A decision on the permanent eastern NTTC location is pending the establishment of partnerships with other bodies to augment the effective budget of the centre, as well as the future location of such facilities as an international-standard indoor velodrome.
The three National Development Centres (NDCs) are located in provinces where there is a relatively weak provincial high-performance system but a willingness to work in partnership to foster development in the Learn to Compete* and Train to Compete* phases. Each of the NDCs are financially autonomous and rely on revenues from Provincial Associations, memberships, camp fees, competitions, fundraising etc., and are free to establish programs judged to be appropriate to their regions. The intention is to create interprovincial partnerships to share resources in order to better assist athletes who would normally be supported by provincial programs if the funds were available. The CCA's involvement will be in the provision of additional funds solely for the purpose of ensuring talent ID and athlete development activities are carried out throughout the region each NDC is located in.
The three NDCs are the National Cycling Centre - Calgary (serving Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon), The National Cycling Centre - Hamilton (serving Ontario) and the National Cycling Centre - Atlantic Canada in Dieppe NB (serving Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador).
CYCLING CENTRE FUNDING AND GOVERNANCE
The NTTCs are fully funded by the CCA and its partners, remain the exclusive property of the CCA and are governed directly by the CCA. It is important to distinguish between the NTTCs and their physical locations, however. Each NTTC is resident at a physical location (PacificSport Victoria, Bromont National Cycling Centre) which is run by a separate organization which responds to its own mandate. In essence, the NTTC is a tenant.
The NDCs on the other hand are financially autonomous, deriving revenue from direct contributions by such partners as the Provincial Associations, municipal governments and the Canadian Sport Centres, as well as through activities such as day camps, competitions, fundraising activities and fee-based coaching services. The CCA plays no role in managing the NDCs beyond providing some funds to conduct talent ID and athlete development outreach activities, and holding the NDCs to account for the use of these funds. Otherwise, each NDC is free to choose its activities and governance structure as best fits the region in which it is located and the partnerships that have been formed to support it.
CCA contribution to NTTCs (2007-08 fiscal year projection):
- Coach salary (west): $60,000
- Operations (west): $60,000
- Coach salary (east): $60,000
- Operations (east): $60,000
- PET team (national): $64,000
CCA contributions to NDCs:
- Outreach funding for three centres, at $10,000 each: $30,000
* Please see the Canadian Cycling Long-Term Athlete Development model.
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