Club Excellence relies on its key partners to integrate reliable, appropriate content and standards. These organizations provide a wealth of experience and information in specific areas:

Canadian Sport for Life

Canadian Sport for Life created the Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model, which is a requirement for every national sport organization. LTAD is support by Sport Canada and viewed as the accepted model of athlete development in Canada. Canadian Sport for Life developed standards related to quality programs and program management.


Coaching Association of Canada has been a part of the Canadian Sport landscape for over 40 years.  It is synonymous with the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and leads in the provision of tools to assist sports with their coach development programs. The Coaching Association of Canada provided a core set of standards related to coach management and development that are fundamental to every community sport organization and adaptable to each sport.

Imagine Canada

Imagine Canada works to support and strengthen not-for-profits and charities. It acts as a collective voice, a forum and meeting place and an enabling environment to contribute to building stronger communities. Imagine Canada created a standards initiative which it is pilot-testing with national not-for-profits across the country. The standards initiative program was developed in partnership with Volunteer Canada and the HR Council, working with executive leaders from across the country totalling over 1200 hours. By using the foundation set by Imagine Canada, Club Excellence adapted and integrated the basic standards into the certification program covering governance, marketing, human resources and financial accountability.


The Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC) is a not-for-profit organization funded entirely by Sport Canada. The SDRCC is about prevention and resolution of sport disputes. It provides tools and guidance to help resolve them quickly and informally. It is proactive, reaching out to key players in the sport community to minimize the need for its dispute resolution services, including arbitration and mediation. The SDRCC contributes to developing and providing useful resources for sport clubs and associations working towards certification within the Club Excellence program.

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