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What We Do

Developing physical literacy and delivering quality sport

Recent Articles

on our blog

  • #CommonwealthMoves initiative mobilizes PLAYBuilder content

    This year’s pandemic brought a lot of people’s lives grinding to a halt, and the Commonwealth Moves initiative wants to get them moving again. The Commonwealth Secretariat has teamed up with organizations like Sport for Life to reboot the sector in this new COVID-19 reality, and is promoting PLAYBuilder as...

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  • PLAYBuilder Q&A with Saskatchewan Physical Education Association

    The Saskatchewan Physical Education Association (SPEA) is a provincial non-profit that provides quality leadership, advocacy and resources for professionals in physical and health education to positively influence the lifestyles of Saskatchewan's children and youth. The mission is to promote and support active healthy lifestyles through the development of physical education,...

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  • Coaching our colleagues through COVID-19

    Sport for Life storyteller Will Johnson shares a personal story about the power of coaching as our industry faces the difficulties surrounding this pandemic  I never really envisioned my life beyond age 35.  When I successfully tied the knot with my wife Kristina earlier this year, just in time for...

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  • Quebec secondary school launches innovative sport program

    Following the recent announcement of its official launch, the Sport 3D program and its designers have already been attracting a lot of interest from the sport sector over the past few weeks, including from media outlets such as Radio-Canada. Led by Sébastien Ouellet and five facilitators from Juvénat Notre-Dame du...

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  • Swimming Canada embraces transformative athlete development philosophy

    Swimming is one of the most popular sports in Canada. For the last eight years our country has been routinely churning out Olympic and Paralympic athletes who have made a splash in the international scene. Much of this success stems from the work of John Atkinson, Swimming Canada’s Director of...

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  • Dr. Véronique Richard set to deliver keynote address during 2021 Virtual Sport for Life Canadian Summit

    Dr. Véronique Richard will deliver a keynote address on January 27 at the 2021 Virtual Sport for Life Canadian Summit, sharing scientific insights into movement creativity and its related influence on performance and optimal psychological states. As an associate researcher at the National Circus School and a mental performance expert...

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  • Canada Soccer puts athletes first

    It’s about developing good people who contribute to their society. When Canada Soccer’s Manager of Development–Operations, Dave Nutt, thinks about the long-term development of athletes, his emphasis isn’t on finding the best dribbler or the most talented shooter; instead, he’s fixated on creating the right environment to foster social, emotional...

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  • PLAYBuilder Q&A with Sport North Federation

    Sport North Federation is dedicated to the development of sport at every level of participation in the Northwest Territories. Their Community Sport Development & Physical Literacy Engagement Facilitator Spider Jones recently connected with Sport for Life to talk about why his organization has decided to embrace the PLAYBuilder app to...

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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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