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The Four Elements of Universal Accessibility that Support Inclusive Physical Literacy

In my last article, I gave concrete tips to include a young person with a functional disability in a gym. Therefore, we must not forget that the development of physical literacy can happen in so many different activities and across various environments. In this article, you will read about the four elements…

Pilot Implementation of the Aboriginal Long-Term Participant Development Pathway: Sharing Successes and Lessons Learned

From November 2016 through to June 2017, Sport for Life and the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council (ISPARC; B.C.’s Indigenous Sport Body) worked with four provincial sport organizations (PSOs) to pilot the implementation of the Aboriginal Long-Term Participant Development Pathway.…

In Brief: Bio-banding and Developmental Age

Vicki Harber, PhD and Paul Jurbala, PhD October 16, 2017 You’ve probably heard of the Relative Age Effect – the concept that when children are placed into groups such as school classes or sports based on their chronological age, those born early in the cohort may have physical or intellectual advantages…

Appetite to Play

Supporting Physical Activities and Healthy Eating in the Early Years What is Appetite to Play? Physical activity and healthy eating in early childhood (0-5) is important for healthy child development and setting the stage for lifelong healthy behaviours. Appetite to Play is designed to support…

Sport for Life in the Caribbean

In October 2015, the Sport for Life Society was engaged by the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC) – in partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Olympic Solidarity, and the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) – to advance the level of technical knowledge and…

First Contact stage name changed to First Involvement

As Sport for Life has worked with Indigenous peoples over the past few years, it came to light that the term First Contact had negative connotations within Indigenous cultures. In the spirit of Kaizen (continuous improvement), Sport for Life engaged Indigenous leaders and leaders in disability sport…

Sport for Life Leaders School – A Catalyst for Quality Sport

Five years ago, we launched Sport for Life Leaders School to help build a new kind of leader for a new kind of Canadian sport. We believe in quality sport based on the Long-Term Athlete Development Framework, delivered with a focus on the holistic development of each individual, using a developmentally…

Physical Literacy Instructor Program Officially Launches

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 national, blended e-learning and in-person training experience…

Easing the Pain of Cutting Kids From Sport: Are There Best Practices? (Dr. Lauren Sulz)

Dr. Lauren Sulz, University of Alberta Dr. Louise Humbert, University of Saskatchewan Dr. Doug Gleddie, University of Alberta The practice of cutting, or the non-selection of athletes from sport teams, is one of the most controversial debates in youth sport. Whether you believe the team selection…

Long-Term Athlete Development: Exploring Key Factor #3 “Developmental Age” – The Bio-banding Experience

Grouping young athletes according to chronological age is the most common method used to create training cohorts and design competition. Although convenient for sport organizations to implement, there are numerous limitations to this approach such as the fact that children of the same chronological age…

Keynotes and early-bird registration for the 2018 Sport for Life Canadian Summit

Victoria, B.C. – Early-bird registration is now open for the 2018 Sport for Life Canadian Summit, which takes place January 23-25 in Gatineau, Quebec. The theme of this year's Summit is "Working Together". If we want to give participants in sport and physical activity the best possible chance to…

Physical Literacy for Communities welcomes four new projects

Four communities have equipped themselves to deliver sustainable physical literacy programming and improve the health and achievements of their citizens by committing to the Physical Literacy for Communities initiative. Over the next three years, Aurora, Hamilton, Sudbury, and White Rock will each develop…
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