2020 Volume: Edition 4
To our Sport for Life champions worldwide,             

We may be living during uncertain times, but we’re also learning to adapt, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the quality sport and physical literacy ecosystem. Whether it’s making the choice to go virtual for the annual National Health and Fitness Day or providing physical literacy videos for parents to use with their kids at home, we’re all finding ways to make this work. In this newsletter you’ll find examples of the work being done from coast to coast to advance physical literacy initiatives, mobilize quality sport, and provide pathways for aspiring athletes.
Impacts of COVID-19 on Local Sports Organizations

COVID-19 has vastly impacted the sport sector, causing some organizations to close indefinitely and others to modify the delivery of their programs and services. We are reaching out to you today to ask for your help in two ways:


This survey is based on Sport Calgary’s recent work that identified the COVID-19 impact on local sports organizations and clubs in Calgary.

Deadline date: June 5, 2020

Physical Literacy in a COVID-19 Time Webinar

COVID-19 has been the single biggest global disruption in the last 75 years. It has pushed many activities online, which has privileged some forms of human engagement (e.g. virtual meetings) over others (e.g. playing, sport, personal training, manual therapies like chiropractic, massage and physical rehabilitation) during this time. This has exposed many vulnerabilities to the way we do business in fields such as sport, recreation, exercise and medicine. Those fields that can adapt, survive; while those that cannot, are in jeopardy. What does physical literacy practice look like in a COVID-19-disrupted world?

Can we adapt?

Date:  Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 1:00 – 2:00 PM PST.

National Health & Fitness Day

Get up, get out, get active!

Canadians may still be homebound as part of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that’s not stopping them from getting moving. This year’s seventh annual National Health and Fitness Day (NHFD) has gone virtual, and organizers are challenging everyone to find a fun and safe way to get some exercise on June 6.

Poco Active Makes Physical Literacy a Priority by Engaging Health Sector

It was the best idea he’d heard in a long time.

Ryan Clark is the executive director of the Poco Sport Alliance, so he’s not a fresh face to sport management. But when his community was selected as part of the Physical Literacy for Communities--British Columbia Initiative (PL4C-BC) in 2018, he was thrilled by the idea of teaming up with the Fraser Health Authority. In the past the Health Authority hadn’t been directly connected with Sport Alliance work, so he was curious to see what they could bring to the table, and vice versa.

Edmonton Mobilizes Long-Term Development

Edmonton is committed to providing athletes with a pathway from grassroots to high performance while advancing opportunities for all, as part of the city’s continued efforts to implement Long-Term Development into their everyday operations. A large part of that means investing in sport and recreation facilities.

The Quality Sport for Communities and Clubs Tour

The Sport for Life team completed a four-city tour of Alberta this year, mobilizing the Quality Sport for Communities and Clubs (QSCC) resource and workshop as part of a pilot project. Funded by Makadiff Sports , an Alberta-based not-for-profit organization created to encourage the growth and development of amateur sport, Richard Way and Lea Wiens visited Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer and Lethbridge.

Their goal was to connect people on the ground across sectors, and the pair was thrilled by the passionate response they were met with.

Active for Life: Durable by Design

Physical literacy, increased activity and recreational sport – being “fit for life”  – can be the gateway to a healthier Canada. The benefits of regular physical activity are well documented: sustained long-term health, increased social connectedness, improved general mental and physical well-being and better quality of life. Yet in spite of the clear evidence demonstrating numerous benefits associated with regular exercise, particularly for mature adults, only 15% of Canadian adults meet national physical activity recommendations (Colley et al., 2011) and rates of sport participation have declined in the past several decades among Canada’s growing population of older adults.

E-Learning Discounts this May

Are you looking for something to keep your mind active during the COVID-19 shutdown? This month Sport for Life is offering three select e-learning courses that will help you prepare for that uncertain future while bringing your organization to a new level. For a limited time, learn about board governance, cultural awareness in youth sport and how to attract and retain volunteers at our online Campus. 

Each one is 30% off, bringing them to $17.45 each. Act now, as the promotion ends on June 1, 2020.

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