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Developing physical literacy and delivering quality sport

Recent Articles

on our blog

  • Save the Date: 2022 Sport for Life Canadian Summit

    We often hear about participants facing adversity in sports, finding ways to overcome it, then going on to accomplish great things. Their ability to overcome obstacles becomes as much a part of their success story as the victories they achieve. Adversities, ranging from the present global pandemic to the historical...

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  • PLAY Cowichan educates communities on physical literacy

    Kim Liddle and her colleagues knew they couldn’t do it alone. The South Cowichan Recreation Manager was attending a conference in Harrison Hot Springs seven years ago when she heard about the Physical Literacy for Communities initiative. Right away she knew it was something she wanted to be involved in,...

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  • AFL Canada teaming up with PLAYBuilder

    Australian football is quickly growing in popularity in Canada, and will reach many new players thanks to a partnership with PLAYBuilder.  This year, AFL Canada and Sport for Life are teaming up to give Canadian teachers, junior coaches and leaders greater access to programming that will introduce the sport to...

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  • We’re hiring: Manager, PLAY Assessments and Physical Literacy for Communities Prairie Engagement

    Interested in the planning and delivery of specific physical literacy assessment products and to act as Sport for Life Physical Literacy for Communities lead in the Prairie region, with an initial focus on Alberta?  Sport for Life has many partnerships which support our mission to develop physical literacy and improve...

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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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