Youth programs fully embrace the concept of physical literacy and strive to promote it in all program offerings. We support the Canadian Sport for Life Long Term Athlete Development Model which allows us to align our programs and age groupings with participant’s developmental abilities. In turn, fostering a positive recreational environment that encourages successful skill development and confidence building.
What is physical literacy?
The International Physical Literacy Association defines physical literacy as the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engaging in physical activities for life.
2. What are the building blocks of physical literacy?Permanent link to What are the building blocks of physical literacy?
Fundamental movement skills such as running, jumping, throwing, catching, etc. in conjunction with the ABC’S (agility, balance, coordination and speed) of movement is the foundation of physical literacy.
3. How do you develop these fundamental skills?Permanent link to How do you develop these fundamental skills?
These skills are learned through a combination of structured and unstructured activities that take place in multiple environments such as water, land, ice, etc.
Why is physical literacy important?
Physical literacy promotes and encourages a lifelong, active and healthy lifestyle. Research illustrates that if one does not develop physical literacy early on in life it leads to frustration and withdrawal from participation in sport and recreational activities.
5. What are the benefits of being physically literate?Permanent link to What are the benefits of being physically literate?
Some of benefits to a person that is physically literate are:
- physical and mental health
- educational success
- positive social skills
- overall healthy and active lifestyle