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Red Deer Minor Baseball innovates during COVID-19

[caption id="attachment_14697" align="alignleft" width="504"] VMoore Photography[/caption] 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…
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Quebec Rowing innovates with competition restructuring

Rowing is undergoing a cultural shift in Quebec. Until recently, there weren’t many opportunities for rowers under the age of 14. Competitions often required extensive and expensive travel, but didn’t provide athletes with meaningful match-ups or much time on the water. The Long-Term Development infrastructure required to provide quality sport experiences simply wasn’t there yet,…
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PLAY North Vancouver encourages community connection through physical literacy

When you attempt to put together a cross-sectoral working group of physical literacy advocates, sometimes you end up with allies you wouldn’t have expected. For JoAnne Burleigh of Vancouver Coastal Health, who has been spearheading Sport for Life’s Physical Literacy for Communities (PL4C) initiative across the North Shore of Vancouver, some of the most surprising…
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Introducing the School Physical Activity and Physical Literacy Project

It’s one of the largest scale endeavours Sport for Life has ever embarked on — the School Physical Activity and Physical Literacy Project — and when it’s completed it will have reached over 100 elementary schools in British Columbia. “This is a unique opportunity for us to prototype different professional development opportunities for teachers related…
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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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