2020 Volume: Edition 1
To our Sport for Life champions worldwide,             

Real change requires innovation. If we really want to see positive changes in our sport organizations and in our society, we need to be proactive about walking our talk every day. In this newsletter you’ll find stories about the work we’re doing, whether it’s mobilizing our long-term development framework to Iceland, championing our new Quality Sport for Communities and Clubs resource or sharing the success of our PLAYBuilder app.
How to advance quality sport for communities and clubs

Developing and delivering quality sport has become a quintessential component of Canada's sport and physical activity ecosystem over the past couple of years.To ensure the best possible sport is delivered to all Canadians, Sport for Life has developed Quality Sport for Communities and Clubs. This resource aims to guide quality sport delivery based on Long-Term Development in Sport and Physical Activity .

Richard Way champions rectangle approach to Long-Term Development in Sport and Physical Activity

It’s a simple story of two models: the pyramid versus the rectangle.
Sport programs have traditionally operated under a pyramid model that involved taking a whole population of kids at the community level then progressively cutting them until only the few remained. The end goal was to identify a few that could represent the nation and bring medal glory. This model is based on exclusion, while the rectangle is based on inclusion -- meaning that athletes and participants that would normally be cut are instead encouraged to continue learning.

Assessing Quality Sport Webinar

Your organization has taken some key steps to advance quality sport based on long-term development...but how do you know it’s working? And how do you convince stakeholders it’s working? In this webinar Dr. Veronica Allan and Dr. Paul Jurbala will present practical approaches to assessing quality sport. Good practices from a number of sport program assessments including theory-of-change, survey techniques, the RE-AIM framework and others will illustrate these approaches. Participants will be encouraged to work through a key question in their own organization through the webinar.

Date:  Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 10:00–11:30 p.m. PST.

Canadian experts mobilize long-term development ideals to Iceland

Sport for Life expert André Lachance has been mobilizing Canadian long-term development ideals for many years now, and that work has taken him to increasingly far-flung locales. As he mobilizes long-term development, he’s been repeatedly surprised by the enthusiasm on display in Scandinavian countries. In many ways they’re implementing his teachings faster than their Canadian counterparts.

PLAYBuilder crosses borders as two-year anniversary approaches
PLAYBuilder is nearly two years old.
Since being launched in early 2018, Sport for Life’s innovative curriculum app has been making waves worldwide. Through partnerships with organizations such as the New York Road Runners and Athletics Australia, allowing them to custom-design their lesson plans and easily distribute them to their staff and coaches. And as its two-year anniversary approaches, users are celebrating everything PLAYBuilder has made possible for them.

Canadian sport organizations team up to create the gender equity playbook

They’re calling it the Gender Equity Playbook.

Canadian Women & Sport has announced their partnership with six multisport service organizations (MSOs) and national sport organizations (NSOs) to pilot and support the development of the playbook. Sport for Life is proud to be on that list.

Physical literacy camps at the YMCA: Encouraging all kids to be active for life!

Each summer, 2,100 children get moving, have fun and make new friends at YMCAs of Québec camps. In the summer of 2019, campers will get a brand new physical literacy program. Not only will the program help participants improve their physical skills, this inclusive program is designed to build their self-confidence so that they can enjoy being active at an early age and throughout their lives. 

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