All starts in Sydney on September 1999, when a group of High Performance Training Centres from all over the world decide to joint efforts to share their experience, and that becomes the Ist Forum On Elite Sport
During the II Forum on Elite Sport, held in September 2001 at CAR Sant Cugat, Barcelona. It was commonly agreed by consensus that the fact of joint forces and share our experience must be a direct benefit for athletes and centres around the world.
At this point an steering group for a future International Association of High Performance Sports Training Centres started. From then, various meetings were taking place.
This group have at the present time representatives from Oceania, Africa, America, Asia and Europe, and it's open for new attendants of the five continents.
The main pour pose of this group was to establish the basis for the creation of an International Association of High Performance Sports Training Centres, in order to put in common, issues that will help on a better preparation of our athletes. With exchange opportunities, share of ideas and knowledge under a fair play philosophy.
On the III Forum held in Loughborough, England in September of 2003 the attending Centres signs the Charter with the Principles of the future Association.
In the charter was agreed to establish CAR Sant Cugat to host the Secretariat, and the Working Group take several meetings to agreed with the first Statutes.
In 2005 a registration process is initiated in the hosting country.
In the IV Forum in Montreal, Canada the future of the Association is committed to enhance the membership and the values for all them.
The V Forum on Elite Sport takes place in Beijing in 2007. We already have an International Association and the Ist General Assembly consolidates their position. A new approach of sharing becomes alive and new centres will have the opportunity to sign.
The principles of this Association are the following:
1 .- Respecting the Autonomy of each of the high performance sports centers:
The basic principle of the Association is considered to be the maintenance of the independence, authority and autonomy of each center as being the best guarantee of the development of high level sports in the respective countries.
2 .- Fostering collaboration between all the members:
Respecting the autonomy of each center, members will collaborate to generate initiatives of benefit to athletes, sport and the wider community.
They will also collaborate with international organizations and associations able to assist in promoting the implementation of the principles and objectives pursued by this Association.
3 .- Maintaining an Ethical Approach:
Protection of the rights of high performance athletes by the HPSTCs is essential. Specifically this should focus on their right to train and compete in a fair, ethical, healthy and safe environment.
4 .- Enhancing Staff Development:
HPSTCs are committed to adding value to the training and development of their staff by providing opportunities for staff exchanges
5 .- Sharing Information and Knowledge:
As far as possible, the HPSTCs will share and exchange knowledge and experiences in relation to high performance sport. They will also make information available about their center through the website forum to enable facilities and services to be promoted to athletes and coaches across the world.
6 .- Identifying Best Practices:
Identifying and sharing best practices is an essential element in the development of learning.
The HPSTCs will develop concepts of best practices through sharing experience and knowledge in operation and management.
7 .- Supporting the International Forum on Elite Sport:
The HPSTCs will support the organization of a biennial International Forum on Elite Sport as a means of sharing and developing information and understanding of high performance sport.
Article 7 of the Statutes:
The International Association of High Performance Sports Training Centers will be composed of those high performance sports centers which have voluntarily joined the Association.
The requirements to become a member of this Association as a high performance sports centers are:
a) To carry out its activity focused on elite sport.
b) To be officially recognized by their respective national government and/or Olympic Committee and/or a National or International Sports Federation.
c) To be able to provide technical and scientific support services to high performance athletes and coaches.
d) To be willing to swap staff personnel with other high performance sports centers to exchange ideas and work methods.
e) Those high performance sports centers who would like to join this Association will have to write a request letter to the President of the Association, at least two months before the General Assembly.