Hockey Alberta's Regional Centres are intended to provide a player/coach development resource specific to certain regions of the province. Currently Hockey Alberta has three operational Regional Centres; Regional Centre - North in Grande Prairie, Regional Centre - Central in Red Deer, and Regional Centre - South in Lethbridge.
Athlete Development – The core of our business is athlete focused, from elite to developmental to grassroots. Through this strategy all three levels will be addressed and although the needs are different and roles for supporting these athletes change which each level, the regional strategy can facilitate through quality services and programs and build a stronger hockey/sport system and this accomplished through a long term player development and partnership approach with in the region.
Leadership Development – Can be defined by all stakeholders that support/lead the athletes. Coaches, administrators, parents and mentors all full under this area. This is a huge area that will support the athlete through education, mentoring, development and learning of this athlete support network. This will be accomplished through clinics, training, seminars, resource centre, etc.
Promotion of the Game – Promoting the game hockey in each region is critical. Growing the game, sharing the history of the game is all part of the regional strategy and keeping hockey as the game of choice from cradle to grave, regardless of skill level. Recruiting and retaining athletes for life is the over goal.
Operational Focus - will be on the core national and provincial hockey development programs, Future leaders of hockey, grassroots and growing the game, emerging athlete and the long term athlete development, online and web based training between centres, practicum and student leadership development and a hockey resource centre and library to support development.
Program areas are Coach Development (NCCP coaching program, Checking Skills Clinic, Mentorship, Special events), Player Development (Skill Camps, Skills Testing, Jamborees, Skill Academies), TEAM ALBERTA Development (Arctic Winter Games, Alberta Cup, Alberta Winter Games and Regional Development camps) and Leadership Development (team selection and player evaluation, coach selection and screening, volunteer recruitment, MHA board development)
For more information, contact Chris Neiszner; Coordinator, Regional Centre - Central.
Operates out of Hockey Alberta Main Office