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Recent Articles

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  • Nova Scotia multisport model mobilized

    Scheduling conflicts shouldn’t determine which sports a kid gets to play. Physical literacy professionals believe it’s better if children are exposed to as many different activities and sports as possible, giving them an opportunity to decide for themselves the ones they want to play longer term. That’s why the Nova...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • Sport for Life workshop empowers Indigenous leaders

    Indigenous people 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,...

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  • Sport for Life cheers on The 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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The Stages

within the basic Long-Term Athlete Development framework

  • Awareness and First Involvement
    To engage in sport and physical activity, individuals must be aware of what opportunities exist for them, and when they...
  • Train to Train
    Athletes enter the Train to Train stage when they have developed proficiency in the athlete development performance components (physical, technical-tactical,...
  • Active Start
    From 0-6 years, boys and girls need to be engaged in daily active play. Through play and movement, they develop...
  • Train to Compete
    Athletes enter the Train to Compete stage when they are proficient in sport-specific Train to Train athlete development components (physical,...
  • FUNdamentals
    In the FUNdamentals stage, participants develop fundamental movement skills in structured and unstructured environments for play.  The focus is on...
  • Train to Win
    Athletes in the Train to Win stage are world class competitors who are competing at the highest level of competition...
  • Learn to Train
    Once a wide range of fundamental movement skills have been acquired, participants progress into the Learn to Train stage leading to...
  • Active for Life
    Individuals who have a desire to be physically active are in the Active for Life stage. A participant may choose...

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