December 2017
Dear Sport for Life Champion,

In this newsletter, we would like to share with you a number of events and one of our e-learning courses that aim to improve the quality of sport and physical literacy!
Movement Preparation
This self-paced e-learning course is the first course in a three-part training program which shows coaches, teachers and recreational leaders how to effectively integrate physical literacy movement preparation into their day to day training in order to increase the durability and performance of athletes while decreasing their risk of injury.

In Part 1, you will be introduced to the concept of movement preparation, identifying key components, explaining the role it plays in the development of physical literacy, and providing practical strategies for integrating movement preparation into sport and recreation programs, supporting the development of physical literacy. In Part 2, you will learn about the specific applications of movement preparation as it relates to soccer. Part 3 consists of an in-person on-field / in-gym workshop where you experience the program first hand as well as practice leading it.

This course was developed in part with  Canada Soccer as part of the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™ Legacy program with the financial support of the Public Health Agency of Canada.  

Two More Inspiring Keynote Presentations Announced for the 2018 Sport for Life Canadian Summit
The Sport for Life Society is pleased to announce that Lanny McDonald and Dr. Amanda Visek will deliver a keynote addresses at the 2018 Sport for Life Canadian Summit, which takes place in Gatineau, Quebec from January 23–25 .

Lanny McDonald
Although Lanny McDonald is best known for his outstanding 16-year NHL career – culminating in leading the Calgary Flames to a Stanley Cup in 1989 – the hockey legend is also a dedicated community leader and philanthropist. During and following his hockey career, McDonald has worked diligently with many organizations that promote inclusion in sport and physical activity.

Dr. Amanda Visek
Dr. Amanda Visek’s work in sport and physical literacy embodies the theme of the 2018 Summit,  Working Together. A sport scientist and Associate Professor at The George Washington University, Department of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences, Milken Institute School of Public Health, Dr. Visek’s federally funded applied research includes the FUN MAPS – the latest sport science advancement capturing attention from local grassroots communities to national and international sport organizations.

World Long-Term Athlete Development Symposium:
Building Content and Capacity by Working Together
On  January 26, 2018  in Gatineau Quebec, the World Long-Term Athlete Development Symposium will take the lead in showcasing conversations between researchers, Sport for Life experts, and practitioners, addressing specific questions and challenges in the world of sport. The World Long-Term Athlete Development Symposium creates a platform for researchers and coaches to discuss their individual discoveries for better two-way communication and ongoing support.

The 2018 World Long-Term Athlete Development Symposium will feature presentations and panel discussions from LTAD experts and world-renowned presenters.

Contact Hannah, Special Projects and Events Coordinator, if you have any questions:
2018 ViaYOUTH Summit
Motivate Canada 's inaugural ViaYOUTH Summit will bring together up to 50 diverse Canadian youth between the ages of 16 and 26 in an exciting new summit format - empowering delegates to embark on a journey of personal and community transformation utilizing the power of sport and physical activity.

Developed and led by a high-performance team of passionate youth leaders, the 2018 ViaYOUTH Summit program themes include: 

  • Discovering YOU - Because, it starts with YOU!
  • Healthy YOU - Learn how other youth are achieving balance in order to successfully pursue their passion.
  • Discovering YOUTH - Explore the unique (and ever-evolving) issues that are important to youth today and the assets available in YOUR community to create real change. 
  • Healthy YOUTH - Dream big! Collaborate with your peers on ways to make a positive difference to the well-being of youth and their communities through the power of sport, physical activity and beyond!

Youth will convene with industry on Wednesday January 24 at the 2018 Sport for Life Canada Summit to dive deeper into themes of physical literacy, inclusive and quality sport, as well as Indigenous sport and communities. Additionally, the youth delegation will prepare and present a digital "State of the Youth" address to offer the industry a unique perspective on sport from one of their key stakeholders. 

Physical Literacy Instructor Program workshops
offered in Ottawa January 2018
The Sport for Life Society, Coaching Association of Canada, and HIGH FIVE® have come together to support recreation leaders, coaches and others in becoming a physical literacy instructor.

The Physical Literacy Instructor Program is a national, blended e-learning and in-person training experience that provides the opportunity to become a recognized physical literacy instructor.

Register for the workshop(s) you need to work towards becoming a Physical Literacy Instructor:

To learn more about the Physical Literacy Instructor Program, click here.

Direct any questions you have to Alex Wilson, Sport for Life Education and Evaluation Manager – .
Sport for Life Society | (778) 433-2066 |