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PLAYBuilder mobilized by PL4C

When it comes to delivering quality sport and physical literacy programming, PLAYBuilder is useful in a number of different contexts. The Physical Literacy for Communities (PL4C) initiative has been incorporating the cloud-based, lesson-planning  system into its projects for several years now, and the working groups are beginning to see positive results.  “PLAYBuilder provides activities and…
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Alberta Sport and Recreation sector re-launches web page

The pandemic made it abundantly clear how crucial sport, physical activity and recreation are to the health and well-being of children and youth. Community support and innovation has never been so critical in ensuring children and youth grow up with the experiences they need to be active for life.  “Alberta is a leader in so…
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COVID-19 exacerbates inequities in Canadian sport sector

[caption id="attachment_16937" align="alignleft" width="298"] Click here to see full size[/caption] The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching effects on the Canadian sport and physical activity ecosystem, and understanding its effects will be key to the process of building back better. A multitude of surveys have been conducted to examine the impacts across the country and in…
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Antigonish Multisport provides quality first experiences

An innovative multisport program that began in Antigonish seven years ago has first spread across the province of Nova Scotia and now the rest of the country, with offerings in both English and French. Its young participants rotate through nine different sports offered by numerous community stakeholders, giving them the opportunity to develop the skills…
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Learn how to become a physical literacy instructor

The Sport for Life Society, Coaching Association of Canada, and HIGH FIVE® have come together to support recreation leaders, coaches, and others in becoming a physical literacy instructor.  The Physical Literacy Instructor program is a blended eLearning and workshop training experience that provides the opportunity for an individual to become a recognized physical literacy instructor.…
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PL4C operationalizes The Common Vision

Created in 2018, A Common Vision for Increasing Physical Activity and Reducing Sedentary Living in Canada: Let’s Get Moving is a foundational document for all the work done at Sport for Life. With a focus on getting Canadians physically active, it aims to unite sectors such as recreation, health and sport in achieving milestones as…
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PLAYBuilder Q&A with Bowls Canada

Jake Schuknecht is the development manager for Bowls Canada, which recently made the decision to provide PLAYBuilder access to all their community coaches. Sport for Life connected with him to see how the platform is working so far. Q: How did you hear about PLAYBuilder? A: From various Sport for Life emails, webinars, presentations, etc.…
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The controversy around early talent identification

Many sport organizations in Canada practice early talent identification (TID), a process where children between the ages of 10-14 are evaluated and selected for high-performance sport programs and put on a track towards athletic success. Unfortunately, this can lead to issues for both those who are identified and those who are not, and this approach…
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Sweden prepares for Change the Game Conference

The eighth annual Change the Game Conference is coming up in Sweden from September 21 to 24. The virtual event will continue to focus on the power of physical literacy. Following the success of the first ever International Physical Literacy Conference Europe, that was held in Umeå in 2019, organizer Tom Englén hopes the event…
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Golf Ontario builds trust and relationships with regional sustainability model

Golf Ontario is piloting a four-year regional sustainability strategy in three areas of the province, with plans to further expand once the pilot has concluded. The project aims to bring together national, provincial, and local sport organizations to foster relationships and implement the principles of Long-Term Development in Sport and Physical Activity. “This is something…
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Let’s Play BC ignites passion

The creators of Let’s Play BC have a pretty straightforward ambition.  “Basically the vision for Let’s Play is to give every child with a mobility-related physical disability a healthy, happy start to being active. So we provide equipment and resources in order to do that,” said Marni Abbott-Peter, during the 2021 Virtual Sport for Life…
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For the love of volleyball: A conversation with Charles Cardinal

[caption id="attachment_16655" align="alignleft" width="500"] Charles Cardinal[/caption] Canada has been recognized internationally for the quality of its Long-Term Development resources, but still has a long way to go before coaches at every level of the Canadian sport system properly prioritize implementation, according to planning and periodization expert Charles Cardinal. One of the original authors of the…
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