Canadian Training Centres
Training Centre Funding Model
Wrestling Canada Lutte has been a long-term supporter of coaches and training centres, which have provided coaches and coaching support to our National Team programs over many years. Since the 1980s, various funding models and criteria have been utilized to determine the level of funding for these centres. As the environment has changed, the training centre program has evolved, usually corresponding with the strategic priorities that are identified within a given quadrennial planning cycle.
There was a significant shift in the funding priorities within the 2013-2016 high performance portion of the quadrennial plan, which resulted in a need to re-evaluate the overall Training Centre Funding Model.
The objective of training centre funding is to provide funding support, in the form of a coaching grant, to support part-time and full-time coaching positions at various training centres across the country. The model defines and addresses the tiered training centre system as well as the various other parameters in determining funding eligibility.
The discussions surrounding the most recent review of the Training Centre Funding Model were framed by the following parameters:
- Recognition of the important role that traditional CIS centres have played in the development of wrestling in Canada.
- Recognition that a number of non-CIS centres have contributed to the National Team for the last several years.
- Recognition of the need for stable and predictable funding for centres to be able to maintain a salaried coach.
- Notwithstanding the need for stability, recognition that some form of performance based funding is necessary in order to provide greater incentive during a given quadrennial.
- The expectation that training centres will provide opportunities for both genders.
- The expectation that training centres will compete at Wrestling Canada Lutte events.
- The expectation that funds are to be utilized for coaching support only, and not simply a general subsidization of club activities.
- The expectation that training centre coaches will make themselves available for National Team assignments when necessary.
Training Centre Funding Structure
The Training Centre Funding Structure (April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2017 period) is represented by 4 tiers, as follows:
Brock Wrestling Club (St. Catharines, ON)
Burnaby Mountain Wrestling Club (Burnaby, BC)
Dinos Wrestling Club (Calgary, AB)
Montreal Wrestling Club (Montreal, QC)
High Performance 2 Centres
Guelph Wrestling Club (Guelph, ON)
Saskatoon Wrestling Club (Saskatoon, SK)
Black Bears WC
Northwestern Ontario WC (Lakehead)
Team Impact WC
U of Fraser Valley*
Quebec Wrestling Academy
U of Toronto*
U of Winnipeg*
*Denotes support to the U Sports wrestling program
NOTE – there will be no duplication of funding (at any tier) between any 2 centres if there is a direct partnership between them (i.e. Brock WC & Brock University WC).
Annual Performance Top Up (Freestyle Only)
The National and Regional Development Centres are also eligible to receive an annual performance funding top up to help offset costs and increased responsibility of providing support to athletes (freestyle only) who make the Senior World Team, Senior World Team Alternate and Junior World Team.
Accountability Criteria for Funding Eligibility
The following represent some of the key accountability measures that are in place in order to be eligible for funding (full details are provided in the respective Training Centre Agreements).
- All Training Centres are required to provide opportunities for training and competition in both genders.
- All Training Centres must attend the Junior / Senior Canadian Championships with a minimum of five (5) athletes each year, with at least one (1) athlete in each gender.
- In addition to the Junior / Senior Canadian Championships, all Training Centres are required to have athletes compete in a minimum of 3 tournaments each year, in both genders.
- All Training Centres who also have an affiliated CIS program are required to enter teams in both genders at their respective CIS Conference Championships.
- All Training Centres are required to provide coaching education opportunities by organizing and/or hosting at least one clinic per year.
- All Training Centres are required to provide age-group athlete development opportunities by hosting at least one clinic or camp per year.
- All Training Centres are required to host at least one tournament per year. The tournament must be inter-provincial, involving teams from more than one Province or Territory. (Exception: isolated locations such as Memorial University would only be expected to host a provincial competition.)
- All Training Centre coaches will be required to make themselves available for a specified number of National Team assignments as agreed upon by WCL and the National Team Coaching staff.
- All Training Centres will be required to submit annual reporting, including a detailed gap analysis on various elements (coaching, daily training environment, IST, talent identification, etc.)
- All coaches accessing funding through the Training Centres must meet a minimum NCCP coaching certification requirement of Level 3 or equivalent (different centre tiers may have different coaching certification requirements).
- All Training Centres will be required to meet various administrative requirements, which may include attending coaching meetings.
As we evolve beyond the 2016 quadrennial, the Training Centre Funding Model will undoubtedly need further adaptation to suit the future needs of Wrestling Canada Lutte. We will continue to work together with our funding partners and stakeholders, including the various universities and clubs, which support coaching, in order to ensure that we are able to provide the best possible coaching support for our athletes and our overall wrestling paradigm.