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Developing physical literacy and delivering quality sport

Recent Articles

on our blog

  • Golf Ontario builds trust and relationships with regional sustainability model

    Golf Ontario is piloting a four-year regional sustainability strategy in three areas of the province, with plans to further expand once the pilot has concluded. The project aims to bring together national, provincial, and local sport organizations to foster relationships and implement the principles of Long-Term Development in Sport and...

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  • PL4C operationalizes The Common Vision

    Created in 2018, A Common Vision for Increasing Physical Activity and Reducing Sedentary Living in Canada: Let’s Get Moving is a foundational document for all the work done at Sport for Life. With a focus on getting Canadians physically active, it aims to unite sectors such as recreation, health and...

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  • PLAYBuilder Q&A with Bowls Canada

    Jake Schuknecht is the development manager for Bowls Canada, which recently made the decision to provide PLAYBuilder access to all their community coaches. Sport for Life connected with him to see how the platform is working so far. Q: How did you hear about PLAYBuilder? A: From various Sport for...

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  • Sweden prepares for Change the Game Conference

    The eighth annual Change the Game Conference is coming up in Sweden from September 21 to 24. The virtual event will continue to focus on the power of physical literacy. Following the success of the first ever International Physical Literacy Conference Europe, that was held in Umeå in 2019, organizer...

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  • The controversy around early talent identification

    Many sport organizations in Canada practice early talent identification (TID), a process where children between the ages of 10-14 are evaluated and selected for high-performance sport programs and put on a track towards athletic success. Unfortunately, this can lead to issues for both those who are identified and those who...

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  • Learn how to become a physical literacy instructor

    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 blended eLearning and workshop training experience that provides the opportunity for an individual to become...

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  • Let’s Play BC ignites passion

    The creators of Let’s Play BC have a pretty straightforward ambition.  “Basically the vision for Let’s Play is to give every child with a mobility-related physical disability a healthy, happy start to being active. So we provide equipment and resources in order to do that,” said Marni Abbott-Peter, during the...

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  • Voices of Pride Month, Volume II

    Pride Month is an annual opportunity to celebrate the rich diversity of the LGBTQ+ community. Beyond the typical parades and festivities, it’s also a chance for the greater public to learn about the unique perspectives and lived experiences of people of all sexualities and gender identities.  This year Sport for...

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The Stages

within the basic Long-Term 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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