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Recent Articles

on our blog

  • Sport for Life maps out eLearning ambitions

    As organizations worldwide contemplate how the outbreak of COVID-19 has affected their work and their futures, many are now embracing new technologies and innovations that don’t require face-to-face interaction. Though some sport and physical activity environments across the country remain closed, Sport for Life has taken this opportunity to double-down...

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  • Red Deer Minor Baseball innovates during pandemic

    Why have only one baseball diamond when you could have four? This was the question the Red Deer Minor Baseball Association (RDMBA) asked themselves as their board was working on further implementing Sport for Life’s Long-Term Development in Sport and Physical Activity framework into their organization. Following the concept of...

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  • A Brief History of Sport for Life

    He wondered if they could turn their ideas into pictures. In the early 1990s, while Richard Way was working as a coordinator of coach education for the B.C. government, he encountered the visionary work of Istvan Balyi, a defected Hungarian sport pioneer. Balyi had been brought to the west coast...

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  • Sheldon Kennedy inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

    First he became a household name as one of the country’s most talented hockey players, then he pivoted into a new role as an advocate against sexual abuse, maltreatment and bullying. Now Sheldon Kennedy is being recognized with the Order of Sport Award and inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of...

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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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