Rally Pointe History
In 1999, a group of seasoned volleyball players in Calgary had a vision to establish the first complex in Canada built from the ground up with nothing but volleyball in mind. There’s nothing else like Rally Pointe in Canada and we’re proud to offer Calgary a first-class eight hard court facility and six outdoor beach courts – from volleyball addicts, for volleyball addicts and newcomers alike!
Operated by the Canada West Volleyball Club (CWVC) and managed by Bruce Edwards, Brad Wey and Ian McIntyre, Rally Pointe first opened its doors in January 2002. In 2004, Calgary entrepreneur W. Brett Wilson, whose children were actively involved in Calgary volleyball, acquired the facility.
Determined to see volleyball thrive in Calgary, Mr. Wilson and the CWVC team have transformed Rally Pointe. First, the indoor beach courts were converted into much-needed hard courts. In 2006, with the support of a $300,000 Major Community Facilities Program Grant from the Alberta Lottery Fund, the CWVC undertook a $1 million renovation of the facility giving Rally Pointe a brand new look.
The renovations, completed in 2008, included a new, more functional front entrance and new electronic scoreboards for each court. Both levels of the complex were completely updated, giving spectators a un-rivalled view of the action on all of the courts as well as state-of-the-art locker rooms.
Today, Rally Pointe provides the ultimate volleyball experience in Canada and enrollment in all programs continues to increase yearly. We are busy with tournaments 25+ weekends a year, have 200+ teams registered to play in our adult and youth leagues, we run seven weeks of summer camps and have open drop-in on Friday nights, as well as a thriving Pro Shop to satisfy every volleyball player and coach's need, and in February of 2015 we celebrated our 1,000,000th visitor.
In May of 2008, Rally Pointe hosted the Canadian Senior/Masters Men’s and Women’s National Championships, the first time Alberta had hosted the tournament in 12 years, and once again hosted the event in 2009.
The Canada West Volleyball club, with over 160 members, successfully competes in various tournaments throughout Alberta, Canada and the United States.
For more about our history and the impact we're making on the sport of volleyball in Calgary, read this column by Rally Pointe owner, W. Brett Wilson, which appeared in the Financial Post