Guiding Principals

The ACC and its members are working hard to ensure we follow the principals set forth by the Sport for Life (Canada) when designing and developing each and every one of our programs and events.

These principals have widely been referred to as the standard for sport organizations, and serve as a guide on how to conduct programs and activities. “Quality Sport” as they are collectively referred to are based on Long-Term Development in Sport and Physical Activity and are built on four guiding principles:

QUALITY is key

Every child, youth and adult deserves a quality experience every time they participate in physical activity or sport. Quality means good programs, in good places & spaces, delivered by good people.


This means giving every participant in sport and physical activity what they need, when they need it, and in the way they need it to make the most progress. Optimization is participant centered and developmentally appropriate.

INCLUSION is non-negotiable

Inclusion is both the removal of physical, cultural, economic, and attitudinal barriers to participation, and the designing of activities so that individuals are not excluded. Being allowed to take part is not enough. Every participant must feel safe, welcomed and included. Supports need to be in place to address the diverse needs of participants, across all of the dimensions that make up that individual. Every program and service should be set up to welcome all—inclusion is a topic because our system currently excludes. We must reframe to: everyone has the opportunity, inclusion is the norm and exclusion is the exception.

COLLABORATION makes the system better

Individuals and organizations will deliver more quality experiences when they work together. Communities, sport organizations, and the health and education sectors all benefit from alignment of programming and collaboration. For example, one participant may be active in different sports or physical activities, including recreation or club programs, physical education, as well as school sport. If the organizations pull that participant in different directions, good development is less likely to happen. Through system alignment and coordination, participants are the winners.

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