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The Mission of the Association of Sport Performance Centres (ASPC) is …”to provide opportunities that enhance training for high performance sport worldwide”.

As such we are an active partner in the development and leadership of high performance sport training centers, setting the standard in the global high-performance training site community.

The ASPC has a global membership of over 80 Centres/Institutes and is founded on the principles of collaboration, sharing and support. Through these we work to enhance the opportunities for high-performance training centres to provide a direct benefit to athletes and their coaches in their daily training and dual career pursuits. Sharing knowledge and ideas are the hallmark of the ASPC.

We believe that “together we are better;” we are stronger than acting alone. The stakes of leadership are sky high and everyone gets better when leaders get better.

Through the Continental Forums, there is an opportunity to learn from others, to share a wealth of experiences and knowledge and to develop impactful relationships with other sport leaders.

We can plant leadership seeds in others (especially younger leaders where we see leadership talent); open the leadership door; express our belief in them; notice and encourage them.

We understand that leadership is a journey and that effective leadership is the bedrock of performance. Increased leadership is essential in uncertain times and an investment in our own leadership is one of their best investments in these tough times.

Good governance, solid leadership and strong administration are essential at an Institute. Good leadership does not win medals but bad leadership causes chaos, instability, uncertainty and negatively impacts performance and the enjoyment for the athlete.

Strong leadership impacts the overall functioning of our Institutes and, thus, the development and advancement of the athletes and coaches we serve.

Dale Henwood
Association for Sports Performance Centres President


MESSAGE FROM THE MEC FOR SPORT AND RECREATION, KWAZULU-NATAL MS BONGI SITHOLE-MOLOI

The Province of KwaZulu-Natal is looking forward to hosting the 1st ASPC African Sport Forum. Once again, KwaZulu-Natal takes the lead in hosting another international sports conference. This comes after hosting a successful 10th ASPC International Forum on Elite Sport in 2017.

The key purpose of the Forum is to bring sports leaders, administrators, coaches and athletes together from throughout Africa to discuss best practices in administration and new innovations in the field of High Performance. There is also the bigger impact of the conference i.e. economic development and capacity building for the province of KwaZulu-Natal.

It’s an opportunity for all sports leaders, coaches and administrators throughout KwaZulu-Natal to attend this high level conference. As a Province we want to ensure that our previously disadvantaged sports practitioners are empowered and given the opportunities to excel at the highest of levels. More experienced coaches allow us to develop more elite athletes.

This conference takes place during a very important moment in the history of South Africa when we commemorate the centenary of our late struggle heroes, former President Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu, who would have turned 100 this year had they lived today. We remain inspired by their spirit of dedication and commitment to the fight for freedom for all South Africans.

We are proud to be partnering with the ASPC in hosting a Continental Forum in Africa for the first time and we wish delegates all the best for their time with us.

Ms Bongi Sithole-Moloi
MEC for Sport and Recreation
Province of KwaZulu-Natal


MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR OF ETHEKWINI MUNICIPALITY ZANDILE GUMEDE

Durban hosted the 10th International ASPC Forum last year with tremendous success.  Delegates from 40 Countries internationally enjoyed our beautiful city.  Networks were formed and opportunities were created that have furthered sport development internationally, within our city and in Africa as a whole.  As a legacy of  the Forum held last year we are proud to be the host city of the Inaugural ASPC African Continental Sport Forum.

We welcome the 1st ASPC African Sport Forum and Forum Delegates to our vibrant City with its rich cultural and sporting heritage.  We are grateful for the opportunities that this Forum will create for sport in Africa.

We trust that you will have a fruitful time with us.

Mayor Zandile Gumede


MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN SPORTS CONFEDERATION AND OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (SASCOC) GIDEON SAM

After successfully hosting the ASPC International Forum on Elite Sport in Durban last year, it is now Africa’s turn to host 1st ASPC African Sport Forum.  With the theme: Developing Sport Together: Africa will take the debate started last year further to enhance African sport in all its spheres.  Like other continental associations sport leaders in Africa want to raise the bar when it comes to debating the issues of sport in Africa.

We are fortunate to have the services of the Prime Human Performance Institute in Durban and the African Sport Forum Chair, Dr Kevin Subban and his team, working tirelessly to make this Forum meeting a success.  As Sascoc we are proud to be part of this Forum as we continue to search for excellence in South African Sport.  Participants at this Forum will take away great ideas on how to improve sport in their respective countries.  Our joy is to see the support of eThekwini Municipality and the Department Sport and Recreation in the Province of Kwazulu-Natal.  It is in holding hands in this fashion that we will build sport on the Continent.

On behalf of the sports movement in South Africa we welcome all our visitors and we hope you will take the opportunity to experience the beauty of Kwazulu-Natal.

Gideon Sam
SASCOC President


MESSAGE FROM ASPC VICE-PRESIDENT DR KEVIN SUBBAN

“SPORT HAS THE POWER TO CHANGE THE WORLD. IT HAS THE POWER TO INSPIRE. IT HAS THE POWER TO UNITE PEOPLE IN A WAY THAT LITTLE ELSE DOES. IT SPEAKS TO YOUTH IN A LANGUAGE THEY UNDERSTAND. SPORT CAN CREATE HOPE WHERE ONCE THERE WAS ONLY DESPAIR”

“ Nelson Mandela”

This quotation by our late great inspirational leader defines my work and what I do and how I do it. I believe in it and the way we do things as individuals in the Private Sector and Government Departments. There are policy makers and there are implementers and it is imperative that there is close collaboration between these two sectors. The 1st ASPC African Forum brings together speakers and delegates from both these sectors. The main focus of the Forum will be on how Governance, Leadership and Transformation impacts on High Performance for all our athletes. “Sport has the Power to Change the World” and I believe that we can use this Forum to do just that.

Athletes from the African Continent have always achieved success on the World stage at the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Commonwealth Games and World Championships. This is despite many African Countries lacking resources but are still able to produce incredible results. This Forum is hoping to bring together expertise to share and collaborate with the various countries on the continent. The ASPC, as an association, has a wealth of knowledge and expertise from different High Performance Centres from around the World. Although there are a few High Performance Centres in Africa that are registered with the ASPC, I see this Forum as an opportunity to share knowledge and expertise to establish more High Performance Centres in Africa.
Following the success of hosting the 10th ASPC Global Forum in 2017, the same partners have come together again to make this Forum another successful event. In this regard I thank SASCOC, the KwaZulu Natal Department of Sports and Recreation, eThekwini Municipality and Prime Human Performance Institute for all the support and I have no doubt that this will be another successful event. A special Thank You to local organising committee for the Forum who has been working for over a year to put together this Forum.

Finally, a warm welcome to all speakers and delegates to Durban “The Warmest Place to Be”

Dr Kevin Subban

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