2019 Volume: Edition 4

To Sport for Life champions everywhere,

You may have noticed we're pretty busy these days.

First off, we've recently unveiled a coaching curriculum app called PLAYBuilder. It's already been making waves in the physical literacy world, and it's just the latest way we're promoting active lifestyles and making it easier to get moving on a regular basis. In this newsletter you'll find stories about multisport initiatives in Nova Scotia, field hockey innovation in West Vancouver, and empowering leaders in B.C. Indigenous communities. 
Sport for Life celebrates PLAYBuilder launch

Sport for Life is pleased to unveil its coaching app PLAYBuilder after more than two years of development with Momentum IT Group . This innovative program allows organizations access to lessons plans that will make quality programming easier, and allow instructors to keep content consistent across their organization.

To date, roughly 4,400 kids have been positively affected by PLAYbuilder .

New York Road Runners build their PLAYbook

Just because you know how to run does not mean you know how to share that knowledge.

That’s where PLAYBuilder comes in.  New York Road Runners  is one of the first organizations to embrace the new app, which gives coaches access to lesson plans, exercises and games they can incorporate into their practices.

Sport for Life champions gender equity in sport

This is an exciting time for girls and women in Canadian sport.

With a recently announced $3-million investment from the federal government,  put forward by MP Kirsty Duncan , our country has set itself the goal of achieving gender equity in sport by 2035. That’s 16 years from today, and according to Sport for Life’s Carolyn Trono, the change can’t come soon enough.

Sport for Life Leaders School transforms West Vancouver Field Hockey Club

There are more than 1600 athletes registered in the  West Vancouver Field Hockey Club ’s Spring League program, and none of them are getting cut from their teams. With a focus on developing skills and having fun, this organization has decided to side-step the traditionally competitive elements of their sport to make sure everyone is included.

Sport for Life cheers on Grizzlies

Sport for Life is passionate about mobilizing quality sport experiences to every community in Canada, as we believe physical activity can transform the lives of participants and change the epidemic of preventable health conditions related to sedentary behaviours.

In the upcoming film The Grizzlies, viewers will experience the story of a small lacrosse team from Kugluktuk, Nunavut, and witness the impact sport had on the lives of the players. In telling the story of Indigenous athletes, the film is fulfilling one of the five calls to action related to sport in the Truth and Reconciliation Report.

Sport for Life workshop empowers Indigenous leaders

Indigenous peoples tend to vote with their feet, according to Sport for Life workshop facilitator Dorothy Paul, and that means they’re going to start walking if you don’t successfully engage them. That’s why she’s signed on to be one of the leaders of the Indigenous Communities: Active for Life workshops, which encourage participants to embrace active living initiatives and create physical literacy and quality sport programming that meets the needs of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples across the country.

Do you know the Eight Factors of Active for Life?

Adulthood and aging come with their own unique challenges.

No matter how active you’ve been in the past, it still requires diligence to ensure you’re creating the healthiest lifestyle possible for yourself. In Sport for Life’s resource Durable by Design we’ve broken down the elements of a healthy lifestyle into eight factors, each of them critical to having a well-rounded adulthood.

How many of these do you have covered?

Nova Scotia multisport model mobilized

Kids shouldn’t have to choose between one sport or another. While children’s interests and abilities are developing, physical literacy professionals believe it’s better if they’re exposed to as many different sports as possible, giving them an opportunity to choose for themselves which ones they want to play longer term.

That’s why the Nova Scotia town of Antigonish decided they needed to overhaul their approach to sport programming and embrace a multisport model.

Dawson Creek gets moving

It can be difficult to convince people to embrace active living in the north, but one small city is making strides with a variety of physical literacy initiatives. Dawson Creek’s Tiffany Hetenyi recently participated in Sport for Life’s Physical Literacy Movement Preparation Coach workshop and came away feeling not only inspired, but like she had the tools she needed to affect real change.

Safe Sport International Conference

Sport’Aide and Safe Sport International would like to confirm for you that the next Safe Sport International (SSI) Conference will be held in Quebec City (Canada), from April 15 to 17, 2020.

Organized by Sport’Aide, this conference will take place under the theme “Team up to Eliminate Violence in Sports” and will follow the first SSI conference presented in April 2018 in Madrid, Spain.

International Physical Literacy Conference 2019

There's still time to register for IPLC 2019, which takes place in Winnipeg from May 7 to 10 . Register here.

View the full program and list of active workshops here.

We would like to thank the Canada's National Ballet School for their support of IPLC 2019.
Si vous voulez consulter nos infolettres en français,  cliquez ici .
We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada. 
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