The City of Airdrie has been chosen as the host city for the 2014 Alberta Summer Games.

Alberta's minister of tourism said the city is the perfect place for some of the province's best athletes to compete.

"Over the last four decades, the Alberta Games have served as a springboard for athletes’ future success in sport and in life," said Christine Cusanelli, minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation.

"Not only do we get to cheer on the next generation of emerging Alberta athletes, but at this event we will also celebrate the tremendous spirit and hospitality which is so alive in the central Alberta city of Airdrie."

It's expected that more than 3,000 athletes, aged 11 to 17, will compete in several sports including basketball, swimming and beach volleyball — something that is exciting for the city's mayor.

"As host of the 2014 Alberta Summer Games, we will ensure the athletes, coaches, their families and friends experience a safe, fun event that will create memories to last a life time," said Airdrie Mayor Peter Brown.

"We have the community spirit, the volunteers and the facilities. We have what it takes to make the Alberta Summer Games a great success."

The Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation will operate the Alberta Games on behalf of the Alberta government.

The foundation will provide an operating grant of $300,000, a legacy grant of $50,000 and a cultural grant of $70,000 for the Games.