Physical literacy is the
cornerstone of both participation and excellence in physical activity
and sport. Individuals who are physically literate are more likely to be
active for life.
ACTIVE FOR LIFE
If children have been correctly introduced to activity and sport through Active Start, FUNdamentals and Learning to Train programs, they are more likely to have the necessary motor skills and confidence (physical literacy) to remain Active for Life in virtually any sport they like. With a greater number of youth participating in sport, not only will we have a more active, healthy community but also a greater pool of athletes with potential to move into the higher performance "Train to Win" levels.
What are the benefits of sports participation for youth?
FIND THE RIGHT SPORT
A child’s desire to play a particular sport should always be the most important consideration when deciding to enroll him or her in a program. However children should be guided to try a variety of sports throughout the year and avoid focusing solely on one sport for more than one or two seasons (fall, winter, spring, summer) until the fundamental movement skills have been acquired.
Physical Health Education Canada and Active For Life are excellent physical literacy resources for parents, coaches and educators.