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Trinidad and Tobago industry professionals reaffirm commitment to Long-Term Development with web series

[caption id="attachment_15103" align="alignleft" width="440"] A screenshot from the web series[/caption] The Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) is committed to making Long-Term Development the industry standard for their sport system, and recently teamed up with Sport for Life to put on a six-part web series available to industry professionals. Aimed at addressing identified gaps in…
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Welcoming newcomers with quality sport

Starting over in a new country can be extremely difficult. That's why Sport for Life pitched the Building More Movement and Social Connection for Newcomers Project to the City of Victoria, as part of their annual Participatory Budgeting contest — spearheaded by our Senior Manager of Operations Kabir Hosein. If successfully selected, our organization plans…
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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 support their quality sport programming. …
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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 and mental health. As the…
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Softball BC commits to Indigenous Long-Term Participant Development Pathway implementation

[caption id="attachment_14972" align="alignleft" width="450"] Courtesy of Softball BC[/caption] Amidst a global reckoning about systemic racism in North America and beyond, sport organizations are increasingly looking for ways to create in-roads into under-serviced communities and to create better cultural awareness. Softball BC is one example of a provincial organization putting in the time to incorporate the…
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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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