In this newsletter, we would like to share with you a number of campaigns, programs, and learning opportunities that aim to improve the quality of sport and physical literacy!
Sport for Life Announces 2018-2022 Strategic Plan
The Sport for Life Societyis pleased to announce the release of its 2018-2020 strategic plan. The new plan focuses on increasing expertise and advancing quality sport and physical literacy for Indigenous populations, persons with a disability, women and girls, and newcomers to Canada.
Quality sport means good programs (based on Long-Term Athlete Development), delivered by good people (knowledgeable and caring) in good places (welcoming, inclusive, and safe). It is a simple formula, however optimizing all the factors can be challenging. Every organization has to discover what works in their own unique context. In this webinar, the presenters will provide insight into how to build community programs that retain more athletes in enriched training and competition environments longer, enabling them to reach their full potential.
“This shows collaboration between four of the most important NSOs in our country,” saidActive for Life’s Richard Monette. “At the highest level, sports are no longer competing with each other for participants. Instead, they are cooperating to ensure that parents understand kids should play more than one sport.”
“The research shows that specializing too early in one sport frequently leads to kids getting injured and burning out, and some start to quit sport altogether,” added Monette. “There is growing evidence that kids who play multiple sports through childhood and adolescence tend to stay active longer, and more of them go further in competitive sport.”
The videoshows the four athletes performing tricks and skills from sports other than the one they’ve specialized in; activities they all played as youngsters, and before they specialized in the sport in which they have become world-class athletes.
Prince George joins the
Physical Literacy for Communities–British Columbia initiative
The Kamloops 2018 BC Winter Games Societycontributed to the local steering committee, PLAYKamloops, in supporting its journey through thePhysical Literacy for Communitiesinitiative. The PLAYKamloops committee believes that the development of a strong skill set across the spectrum of fundamental movement skills in a variety of environments while building confidence, increasing motivation, and facilitating competence creates a platform for young athletes to go from “playground to podium.” The BC Games targets athletes in the Learn to Train and Train to Train stages ofLong-Term Athlete Development, and highlights the work PLAYKamloops is doing to build a physically literate community.