Hosting and Bidding Sport Events
-Excerpt taken from City of Grande Prairie Sport Tourism Strategy
Grande Prairie has shown itself to be the community of choice to host International caliber sporting, recreation and cultural events. Past success such as the 1995 Canada Winter Games, 2009 Arts Awards Gala and the 2010 Arctic Winter Games prove that Grande Prairie and Region can not only host well planned events but excel and continue to raise the standard.
World class facilities, close proximity to the airport, extensive accommodations, dining, shopping options and a community filled with dedicated volunteers makes Grande Prairie and region the premier destination for any event.
Although national and international championships and games are important and do produce a high economic burst to the community, the smaller events can be just as beneficial.
Encouraging sport tourism promotes healthy living within the community and opportunities to inspire youth. The key to success is empowering our sport organizations by giving them the resources and support they need to be successful.
It doesn’t matter how big or small the event is, the Grande Prairie Sport Council wants to help sport organizations to facilitate events and attract more events to Grande Prairie and Region.
TOOLS AND RESOURCES AVAILABLE
The City of Grande Prairie is a Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance Member and CSTA, together with its partners in the sport tourism industry, has created a variety of different tools and resources that are available to their membership.
These resources are free to use for organizations and individuals interested in preparing bids for sport events to be held in the Grande Prairie Region:
The Bid Evaluation Model (BEM) is intended to function as a decision support tool, assisting organizations/municipalities who are considering a bid to host a particular sport tourism event to determine whether to proceed with the bid proposal relative to a variety of important elements.
Organisports Consultants has formed a partnership with the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) for the development of a sports event marketing template which can be adapted to sports events of any size.
Sport Facility Guide
The template contains a comprehensive checklist that can be adapted and customized for use in any bid situation. A best practices component is also included that provides access to copies of various bid documents that have been part of recently successful bid processes.
‘SETTING THE STAGE’ MANUAL
We also have a tool created by the Government of Alberta called ‘Setting the Stage”. It is a community-based festival and event planning manual. Manuals are available at the Sport Council’s Office.