I love this story on so many levels. While there are many directions I could take it, let’s break it down for the sole purpose of explaining exactly what Physical Literacy is - a question I get asked all the time.
Physical Literacy is
the ability, balance, confidence, desire and explorative nature to be active for life”
National Association of Physical Literacy definition)
- Alex references what are essentially fundamental motion skills that quite literally cross over from one movement activity to another.
- this has both the figurative and literal connotation intended in our definition. Alex is developing quality physical balance by dancing, but he is also modeling a balanced lifestyle.
- Alex is not the best Irish Dancer, but the confidence he has in football allows him to confidently try, fail, and try some more in an activity like Irish Dance without fear of ridicule from his peers.
- You get the sense that Alex is eager to learn more as he appreciates the feedback he’s getting, sees how it is helping him in football and uses his new activity to inspire others.
- Alex is not a prototype of Irish Dance, but he enjoys sampling other movement activities and learning how the skills of one “sport” apply to another. By trying other activities, it also allows him to more greatly appreciate those he excels in.
Active for Life
- Alex will likely not be able to play football for the rest of his life, but he will most likely be able to dance. And maybe it won’t be just Irish dancing -but I can almost guarantee you - this guy will be fun at weddings as well!!