Physical Literacy:
It Starts with the Community
Physical Literacy for Communities

After working with more than 300 communities across Canada, Sport for Life has launched this initiative to help communities develop a sustainable, long-term approach around physical literacy. 

Sport for Life has created a foundation and framework that, with the support of a Sport for Life community mentor, can be tailored to meet the needs and capacity of communities across Canada. 
For other inquiries, please email Lea Wiens, Sport for Life Director of Engagement -

Cowichan: An  Early-adopting Community

The Sport for Life staff have come across hundreds of community champions working tirelessly to progress physical literacy initiatives where they live, work, and play. To keep these projects moving ahead year after year, community champions are the consistent mechanism for that positive shift towards building a sustainable, active for life community.
In 2014 the Cowichan Region invested in a region-wide physical literacy initiative, supported by a grant from the RBC Learn to Play project. The initiative gathered momentum, but after a while the champions leading the project encountered obstacles and had to adjust and adapt their approach. Cowichan found ways to address these issues during the course of their Learn to Play project, and agreed to be an early-adopting community for the Physical Literacy for Communities initiative in order to continue their progress and to work toward physical literacy sustainability. 
Learn more about Cowichan's journey, and how this blueprint can inform your community.   

Easing the Pain of Cutting Kids from Sports

The practice of cutting, or the non-selection of athletes from sport teams, is one of the most controversial debates in youth sport. Whether you believe the team selection process "mimics the reality of life", "toughens kids up" or, on the contrary, "turns kids off sport" or "promotes elitism", cutting is a reality of today's sport environment.
So what impact does this have on young athletes? Are there best practices to improve the experience of being cut?

Calling all Community Sport and Activity Leaders!

Sport for Life Leaders School 2017 is open for registration!
Leaders School has proven to be a catalyst for learning, growth, and the creation of exciting new projects that advance physical literacy and improve the quality of life in our communities.
Participants will plan, launch and lead individual projects within their communities over the course of a year. During this time, they will be guided and mentored by members of the Sport for Life team.

If you have any questions, please contact Paul Jurbala, Sport for Life Director of Knowledge - .

ParticipACTION 150 Play List

To celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, ParticipACTION is creating the ultimate list of all the physical activities that make us Canadian. It's called the ParticipACTION 150 Play List and you need to make sure your favourite activities are on it!
Visit the site and vote because only 150 activities will make the final Play List.
Throughout 2017, ParticipACTION will challenge Canadians to do all 150 activities for the chance to win incredible prizes!

Upcoming Events
  • Collingwood Sport Alliance Fall Summit: Growing Physical Literacy & Wellness (Collingwood, ONT; Fri, Nov 11 - Sat, Nov 12)
    • The Collingwood Sport Alliance is pleased to be hosting our 1st Summit bringing together sport, education, recreation, parents and health; focusing on actions to build a foundation for life long sport, physical activity and wellness.  This summit is designed for: coaches, teachers, parents, healthcare workers, childcare workers, recreation leaders, after-school programmers.
  • Physical Literacy Learning Lab webinar  (Thur, Dec 17; 12-1p.m. EST )
    • This webinar will highlight physical literacy resources that leaders in the after school environment find most useful for embedding physical literacy in their programs. An overview of our go to guide physical literacy resources, the Physical Literacy Learning Lab, will also be provided. The goal of this webinar is to connect leaders with resources to Assess, Show, Teach and Activate physical literacy in their programs and create a supportive environment for all ages and abilities.
  • 2017 Sport for Life Canadian Summit (Gatineau, QC; Tue, Jan. 24 - Thur, Jan 26)
    • The Sport for Life Canadian Summit brings together leaders who work to enhance the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada. Sport for Life recognizes that quality sport and physical literacy offer rich benefits to Canadian society through improved health, stronger communities, higher sporting achievement, and stronger national identity. By improving sport, Sport for Life aims to improve the lives of all Canadians.
Sport for Life in Your Community
  • PL 301 workshop (Kingston, ON;  Tues,  Nov 22 )
  • PL 301 workshop  (North Bay, ON;  Wed, Nov 23 )
  • PL 301 workshop  (Milton, ON; Sat, Nov 26 )
  • PL 201 workshop  (Windsor, ON;  Sat, Nov 26 )
    • 9am-12:45pm EST
  • PL 301 workshop (Windsor, ON; Sat, Nov 26)
    • 1-5pm EST
  • Movement Preparation for Injury Prevention and Optimal Performance workshop (Cochrane, AB; Wed, Jan 18)
For more information on Sport for Life events, please contact Mik Vahi, Publications & Events Coordinator, at:
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