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Red Deer Minor Baseball innovates during COVID-19

Why have only one baseball diamond when you could have four? This was the question Lorne Bates, the president of Red Deer Minor Baseball Association (RDMBA) asked himself 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 Kaizen,…
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Table Tennis Canada develops meaningful competition

[caption id="attachment_14788" align="alignleft" width="450"] Photo by Thorsten Gohl[/caption] The national table tennis system has gone through some upheaval in recent years, with a new administration taking over in 2019. Facing a significant deficit and a tournament schedule that wasn’t working like they’d hoped, the new leadership decided to undertake a complete overhaul of their competition…
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PLAYShuswap enhances community connections through physical literacy

When it comes to developing physical literacy in a community, you don’t always have to reinvent the wheel. Instead, you can focus on enhancing existing initiatives and infrastructure with a physical literacy focus. That’s one of the lessons that comes to mind when community mentor Nicole Beauregard reflects on her time with the newly created…
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Bowls Canada creates community

Lawn bowling, also known as bowls or lawn bowls, has always been a niche activity, but the demographic is expanding these days as the sport focuses on outreach and inclusion.  With 202 clubs across Canada, and newly created resources based on Long-Term Development, Bowls Canada has been making steady progress at attracting new talent, developing…
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PLAYBuilder Q&A with Athletics Australia

Athletics Australia is the national governing body for athletics Down Under. Adam Bishop is their General Manager of Growth and Development and has been working with Sport for Life to utilize the PLAYBuilder platform to support their work in delivering quality sport programs. Sport for Life connected with Bishop to hear how that process is going…
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Sport for Life introduces Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility Committee

Sport for Life is proud to announce the inauguration of an internal Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility (EDIA) committee. In alignment with its vision for everyone to have the opportunity to participate in quality sport and physical literacy experiences, Sport for Life’s EDIA committee will drive discussion and advancement for under-serviced groups in sport and…
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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 on its digital deliveries, funneling…
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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 by Bob Bearpark of the…
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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 Kaizen, which means continuous improvement,…
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Softball Canada activates Long-Term Player Development at grassroots level

It’s not always easy for parents and coaches to understand. Softball Canada was one of the earliest adopters of Sport for Life’s concept of Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD)*, which the national sport organization used as the inspiration behind its own sport-specific Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) framework. The organization has made it the basis of its…
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Kimberley embraces physical literacy

[caption id="attachment_14534" align="alignleft" width="500"] Shenoa Runge with her son[/caption] The small mountain town of Kimberley, B.C. is known for its epic wilderness, its skiing opportunities and the local hockey team. It’s a cultural hub of the Kootenays, with a tight-knit community that is fiercely proud of their home. But due to its size and location,…
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