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Developing physical literacy and delivering quality sport

Recent Articles

on our blog

  • Alberta Sport and Recreation sector re-launches web page

    The pandemic made it abundantly clear how crucial sport, physical activity and recreation are to the health and well-being of children and youth. Community support and innovation has never been so critical in ensuring children and youth grow up with the experiences they need to be active for life.  “Alberta...

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  • PLAYBuilder mobilized by PL4C

    When it comes to delivering quality sport and physical literacy programming, PLAYBuilder is useful in a number of different contexts. The Physical Literacy for Communities (PL4C) initiative has been incorporating the cloud-based, lesson-planning  system into its projects for several years now, and the working groups are beginning to see positive...

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  • COVID-19 exacerbates inequities in Canadian sport sector

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching effects on the Canadian sport and physical activity ecosystem, and understanding its effects will be key to the process of building back better. A multitude of surveys have been conducted to examine the impacts across the country and in different sectors within the sport...

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  • Antigonish Multisport provides quality first experiences

    An innovative multisport program that began in Antigonish seven years ago has first spread across the province of Nova Scotia and now the rest of the country, with offerings in both English and French. Its young participants rotate through nine different sports offered by numerous community stakeholders, giving them the...

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  • 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 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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