Club Excellence certifies the first Level 1 club in Canada!

OTTAWA, Ontario (October 29, 2014) – Club Excellence, the only multi-sport certification program for community sport clubs in Canada, is happy to announce that the Saint John Track & Field Club (SJTC) from Saint John, New Brunswick is the first sport club in Canada to be certified at Level 1!

“The Club Excellence program is delighted to have the SJTC as Canada’s first sport club certified as a Level 1 club,” said John Edwards, Chair of the Club Excellence Cooperative (CEC). He added; “There has been a lot of work behind this achievement, and the SJTC is to be congratulated on taking this vital step on their journey to make their club safer, more professional, more volunteer friendly and ultimately sustainable into the future.”

The SJTC had been working hard towards certification for several months, and were very proud to receive the first ever certification from Club Excellence. Bill MacMackin, president of the SJTC had this to say; “The SJTC pursued certification to strengthen the structure and governance of the club, help ensure sustainability, and to ensure we had good policies and practices. But mostly, we wanted to have a stronger club to serve our athletes better in the future and continue to grow.” MacMackin went on to say “The SJTC saw Club Excellence certification as a way to ensure the club is on a firm foundation for the future. Club Excellence certification helps us make sure our athlete programs, coaching and operations are running well to serve the club’s diverse athletes which range from age eight to masters, track athletes and road runners.”

Athletics Canada is a founding member of the CEC, and has been a key member at the leadership table since the beginning. Douglas Duncan, Director of Domestic Programs & Sport Development, has been Athletics Canada’s lead on the program, and said “We are very proud to have the first Club Excellence Certified Club in Canada come from the Athletics Canada family. We are firmly committed to developing a network of strong, healthy and sustainable clubs in Canada and look forward to seeing many more clubs continue down this path as well.”

There are currently 14 clubs, representing 6 different sports across 4 provinces, under review for Level 1 certification. The program continues to welcome clubs through the Affiliate status, which has quickly grown to represent 15 different sports, across 6 Canadian provinces.

For more information on the Club Excellence program and the new AFFILIATE status, please visit


About Club Excellence

The 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 Long-Term Athlete Development (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.

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Media Contact : Amanda Burford

Program Coordinator,
Club Excellence (613) 521-3340 x3205