This ground-breaking Award entered the Canadian landscape in 2007 and continues to draw attention from Provincial Sport Organizations, National Sport Organizations and Multi Sport Organizations. Through the simply philosophy that we understand what is important to our Clubs and what is right for soccer we are able to provide an Award that challenges Clubs to be the best they can and simultaneously strengthen the soccer system as a whole. This promises to be an exciting program for the Award as Ontario has launched clearly defined criteria as it pertains to the technical side of the game –something many Clubs have been wanting to see. Continuing to use the three tiered approach (Bronze, Silver, Gold) a set of technical standards will be identified that complement the current areas of Governance, Personnel and Community.
In addition to the introduction of LTPD aligned technical criteria the Award will begin to recognise Clubs through their commitment to ‘live’ the Award. This is a change from previous years where Clubs could adopt a range of policies and subsequently be awarded. Clubs will now be required to provide evidence that policy and procedures have been in place prior to their consideration of an Award.
The Award continues to gain strength in its link to our District Associations who provide clarity and perspective when it comes to the assessment of a Clubs progress.
The ongoing support and interaction between Club Development Staff and the Club Excellence awardee allows for regular follow up for advancement and consultation on club progress in a meaningful and beneficial way to our Club Volunteers. To provide a little more insight into the status a Club may carry we’ve outlined them below.
Entry Club: A Club that has just begun the process and has no Club Excellence track record with Ontario Soccer. This Club will begin the process by contacting their District Association or Ontario Soccer Club Development Staff for more information.
Club Renewal: A Club that has previously held a level of Award and would like to renew at the same level, Renewals are required every two years at any level.
Club Upgrade: A Club that would like to move to the next level of Award (Bronze up to Silver, Bronze up to Gold or Silver up to Gold). A Club wanting to upgrade will have to still present any evidence for the lower Award.
Dormant Club: A Club that has let its current standards lapse. They will be contacted periodically by Club Development Staff but won’t be recognized in that particular year as a Club Excellence Awardee.
Suspended Club: A Club that while currently holding an Award is found to behave in a manner detrimental to the game. This may include sanctions by their District Association, League or Ontario Soccer. Such Clubs will be addressed on a case by case basis.
The Club Excellence application is divided into three stages -
Stage 1 - Letter of Intent - This is where the Club or Academy registers to complete the online application, uploads a letter of support from it's District and also uploads the organization's previous year's audited financial statement and current year's operating budget.
Stage 2 - Organization uploads all necessary governance, administration and legal documents.
Stage 3 - Organization uploads all necessary sporting (technical) documents.
2017 Stage 1 applications are now being accepted until March 10. Use the link provided to start your application - 2017 CLUB EXCELLENCE AWARD APPLICATION