Shiny new floor!

It’s been a long process but the North Hall gyms have finally cured and are ready for use!DDBk7-KUIEUKGP7 We resurface the gym floors every two years with the North Hall getting done on odd years and the South Hall/Competition Gym getting done on even years. With the gyms reopening yesterday, we needed someone to break them in and who better than a bunch of kids playing basketball! Today, Basketball Alberta’s youth clinic had the honour of being the first major DCy9WOzVoAASRx3event on the new floor. Not only did these kids get a chance to hone their basketball skills, but they were coached by members from the Canadian Women’s National Team. We are the home court for the Canadian Women’s Team and it was great to see them showing these youngsters the ins and outs of the game. The National Team has been here all week in preparation for the upcoming season.

Summer is generally the slow season here at the GO Centre but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing going on. We have two major tournaments scheduled this weekend and next week to close out June.

Edmonton United Volleyball Tournament – June 24

The Great Canadian Shootout – June 30

Look for more on the Great Canadian Shootout in next week’s GO Sports Newswire.

Canadian National Women’s Sitting Volleyball Training Camp

When you think of June training camps, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the Eskimos and the start of the CFL Season, but they aren’t the only ones gearing up for this season. Come on down to the Saville Community Sports Centre this weekend where you’ll see one of the most fast paced and exciting variations of a traditional sport. What began Thursday and wraps up Sunday, is the Canadian Women’s National Sitting tor15_svb_w_canada_vs_cuba_14aug_sg41258Volleyball training camp. “Our women’s national team will be holding their June training camp at Saville this weekend.  This is the same team that went to the Paralympics back in September,” explains Ian Halliday, Director of High Performance for Sitting Volleyball. The Saville Community Sports Centre is the home of Canada’s National Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team and this weekend will be an amazing opportunity to get an intimate look at the sport and some of its best athletes!

We all know the sport of Volleyball but the sitting variation puts a unique and much faster twist on the sport. “In sitting volleyball, the athletes must remain seated directly on the ground (no wheelchairs, sleds or carts) and compete on a smaller court and a lower net. Athletes are allowed to block the serve in sitting volleyball and their buttocks must remain in contact with the ground whenever they play the ball. Other than that, the game is very similar to traditional volleyball in its tactics and strategies but is a much faster version of the game because of the lower net and smaller court,” says Ian.

The team’s next major competition will see them defending home soil at the 2017 Pan Am Championship in Montreal this October. “This is a World Championship qualification tournament for us and we hope to finish in the top 2 and earn a spot in the 2018 World Championships in the Netherlands,” says Ian.

Training camp is open to the public with upcoming sessions as follows:

Friday, June 16

10:00 – 12:00                Session #3                                                        Saville – Court 7A

16:00 – 18:00                Session #4                                                        Saville – Court 7A

Saturday, June 17

10:00 – 12:00                Session #5                                                        Saville – Court 7A

16:00 – 18:00                Session #6                                                        Saville – Court 7A

Sunday, June 18

10:00 – 12:00                Session #7                                                        Saville – Court 7A

Interested in trying the sport or learning more about it? Give Ian a shout at ihalliday@volleyball.ca. “We are always looking to find ways to grow the game and get more people playing!” Says Ian.

That New Floor Smell is in the Air!

Have you ever wondered what it takes to resurface gym floors? It’s not as quick of a IMG_0456processes as you might think and actually involves a few steps. First they need to sand the floors to remove some of the old coating and create a clean surface for the new coating to bond to. Then they need to wash the floors to ensure no dust is left to disrupt the bond. Finally, the coating is applied.

It all seems pretty straight forward but when you consider just how big the GO Centre is, (12 full size gymnasiums) you really appreciate the scope of this yearly project. Each year we resurface either the North or South side of the building. This year is an odd numbered year so the North Hall is receiving the treatment.

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With the sanding and cleaning finally done, the real fun can begin! Starting today and continuing through the weekend, the new coating will be applied to all five gyms in the North Hall. If you play basketball at the GO Centre, chances are you’ll be playing on brand new floors next season! Unfortunately the new coating takes about a week to cure. The North Hall is expected to reopen by June 22. In the meantime, the South Hall and Completion Gym will remain open for drop in and general use.

Month in Review – May

Today marks the first day of June and signifies the coming of all things summer! Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s take a moment to look back on the month that was. May was a very busy couple of weeks here at the GO Centre. We had our biggest tournament of the year in Volleyball Nationals, two Corporate Challenge events took place and we played host to the Unified Basketball Tournament.

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Believe it or not, this year’s Volleyball Nationals was biggest in history! it saw a total of 929 (680 girls’ and 249 boys’) teams – up from last year – making the 2017 edition of Nationals the largest event of its kind to date.  All ten provinces and two territories fielded teams. If you’re interested in the results, they can be found on each Nationals page on the VC website or via ISET Sports (http://iset.net/#/).

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Although Corporate Challenge won’t wrap up until next week, we hosted two very successful events in May, with both volleyball and table tennis taking place. Badminton serves up this Saturday June 3. Good luck to all the athletes and congratulations to all those who’ve already competed.

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Incredible sportsmanship and some amazing skills were on display at the GO Centre this week as the Unified Sports Basketball Tournament took over courts 4 and 5. This Unified Sports tournament in partnership with Special Olympics Canada is dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences. Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.

To keep tabs on everything happening at the GO Centre, make sure to follow us on Twitter @GO_Centre.

A new meaning to Corporate Takeover!

Who says you can’t have fun at work? Starting this weekend and running through to June 3, the 25th annual Corporate Challenge is taking over the GO Centre! Of the 23 different sport categories, three will take place at the GO Centre. Volleyball on May 28, Table Tennis on May 29 and finally Badminton on June 3. The three events combined are estimated to bring in 900 participants and spectators. I’m sure we all know someone at work who’s a closet semi-pro and it will no doubt be a thrill to see which company reigns supreme.

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“Created in 1992, Corporate Challenge provides an activity for local businesses to foster employee interaction, teamwork, morale, pride, health & wellness. The demand proved overwhelming and now Corporate Challenge has grown to include over 175 companies, over 18,000 athletes and 1,900 volunteers in an Olympics-style competition that is one of the largest amateur sporting events in Canada!

Corporate Challenge promotes a unique sense of spirit and togetherness that is found when employees gather in social environments and fun, organized competition. Corporate Challenge provides the corporate world with activities that break through the barriers existing in even the smallest organizations. Through sports for the athletically-corporate-challenge2inclined to recreation activities that employees of every fitness level can participate in, Corporate Challenge gives us all an opportunity to come together and have some fun!” – Corporate Challenge

Although it’s too late to register a team this year, there’s no reason why you can’t come down to check it out and see what it’s all about. Corporate Challenge is not only a great team building event, but promotes goal setting, getting active and introduces individuals to sport and wellness. Best of luck to all the athletes!

Check out the Corporate Challenge website for more information on the events, festivities and times.

Let’s be Partners!

Since its expansion in 2011 the Saville Community Sports Centre has become a fixture in the Edmonton athletics community. With 12 full sized gymnasiums and a complete gymnastics hall, the west side of the Saville Community Sports Centre more affectionately known as the GO Centre is the heart and soul of organized basketball, volleyball and gymnastics in Edmonton. There’s always something going on in the GO Centre, whether you feel like playing a game of pickup during open gym hours, are interested in joining a league team or simply wish to watch one of the many tournaments and events that take place here each year. From grass roots to varsity sports and Olympic level athletics, the GO Centre exists to ensure there is a home and programming available for athletes of all ages and skill levels.

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The Go Community Centre is the not for profit charity that built the GO Centre and exists to this day and ensuring the GO Centre’s doors stay open. The GO Centre is an impressive 236,000 square feet of recreational space and as you can probably imagine, regular upkeep and day to day operations take a lot of resources. We have a number of improvements planned for the facility but due to fiscal restraints, aren’t able to act on our plans as soon as we’d like. But that’s where sponsorship comes in!

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With the support of corporate sponsors, we will be able to expand our program offerings, make further improvements to the facility and ensure our guest experience is second to none! In return, your business will receive a prominent branding position in the building and have numerous opportunities to engage with GO Centre users and visitors. You receive incredible exposure to our more than 1.4 million annual visitors and support the growth of local sport in Edmonton and Canada’s best court facility!

Visit our website to learn how you can get involved and what sponsorship opportunities are available.

Volleyball Canada Nationals takes over the GO Centre

We’re less than two weeks into May and already we’ve past some impressive milestones. We’ve seen our first 20+ degree day, the Oilers made it to the second round of the playoffs and the GO Centre just hosted its largest event of the year! From May fourth to seventh, Canada’s best women’s 17U/18U Volleyball teams took over the GO Centre as they competed in Volleyball Canada Nationals.  With more than 2,076 players and coaches involved in the tournament this past weekend and double that for spectators, the GO Centre was rockin’ the way only the GO Centre could. “We had 23 courts setup between our ten gymnasiums to play host to 667 matches and 173 practices over the four days,” explains Pierre Dickner, Executive Director, Edmonton Volleyball Centre Society.  With teams split up into 3 tiers, there was a fair level of competition for all participants. “It’s an open style tournament where any team in Canada can register to compete,” explains Pierre. Waterloo and Ottawa joined Edmonton in kicking off Volleyball Nationals by hosting 16U and 14U East last weekend. The following two weeks of May will see Halifax, Abbotsford, Saskatoon, Waterloo, Calgary and Regina host 14U Atlantic, 14U West, 17U/18U boys, 15U East, 16U West and 1U5 West respectively.  Volleyball Canada Nationals is truly a nationwide tournament with games taking place coast to coast.

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Canada’s National sitting volleyball team calls Edmonton its home city. Spectators and participants alike were treated to an inter-squad scrimmage and were encouraged to give the sitting version of volleyball a try. “It‘s a very unique variation of the sport,” explains Pierre. “Position is key as you can’t stand and are forced to scoot to a ball rather than run.”

Big Things Ahead for Edmonton and Volleyball

Building off the success of hosting the women’s 17U/18U for the past two years at the Saville Community Sports Centre, Edmonton is set to host all categories of competition at the 2018 Volleyball Canada Nationals! Approximately 10,000 athletes and coaches and an estimated 15,000 spectators from across the country are expected to attend. The event will feature an impressive estimated 800 teams in various age categories, coinciding with international competitions. The action will take place May 12 to 24, 2018 at the Northlands Expo Centre.

Did you take in the action at this year’s Volleyball Nationals? Share your experiences with us in the comments or on social media!