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What We Do

Developing physical literacy and delivering quality sport

Recent Articles

on our blog

  • PLAYBuilder activities to stay active inside

    Have you heard of PLAYBuilder? We are sharing some of the activities from our PLAYBuilder tool to try out at home to keep kids moving and mentally engaged. Whether it’s, Animal Play or Balance on Three, these games should help keep you and your family moving and laughing in no...

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  • Bringing table tennis to the Northwest Territories

    It’s been six years since Thorsten Gohl introduced table tennis to the Northwest Territories, overcoming a number of geographical and societal challenges that have historically made it difficult to create and sustain sport organizations. In a short time he’s seen the number of participants sky-rocket as students throw themselves into...

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  • Olympic mentorship reaches beyond sport achievement into everyday life

    For Ram Nayyar, it took being bullied as a child to wonder who he really was. The two-time Olympic badminton coach and author started off his life being bullied for his long braided hair, which led to him getting beaten up for looking like a girl. As he suffered in...

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  • Comox Valley seniors flock to CrossFit

    The program is for seniors, but they call them Legends. In the small community of Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, one local gym has been encouraging  physical literacy development in an unusual way: getting the older generation involved in CrossFit. And now that the gym has a steady cohort of...

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  • Four questions with Mike Shaw

    By Will Johnson Mike Shaw was coaching freestyle skiing all over the world, the culmination of a lifelong love affair with the sport, when an unexpected injury nearly left him quadriplegic in 2013. As he began to heal, overcoming mental health hurdles and committing to being grateful every day, he...

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  • Sport for Life’s COVID-19 response

    Victoria, B.C. – As Canadian governments, communities and citizens continue to adapt to the rapidly changing situation caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, Sport for Life has decided to suspend all in-person workshops, programs and events indefinitely. This decision has been made based on the guidance and precautionary measures shared by...

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  • Celebrating Indigenous physical literacy

    Every Indigenous school has its own unique needs, but one thing they have in common with the rest of the school system is it’s difficult to convince the administration and teachers to set aside meaningful time for movement and physical literacy. Following a project that aims to change that, Sport...

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  • Summit celebrates 15 years of success in the quality sport sector

    Participant-centered sport experiences. Long-Term Development. Canadian high-performance success on the global stage. Quality sport programs. Developing physical literacy at the grassroots level. Making sport fun, accessible and inclusive. Many successes were celebrated at the 15th Annual Canadian Sport for Life Summit in Gatineau, where more than 400 delegates came together...

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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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