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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.

  • Becoming physically literate is influenced by the individual's age, maturation and capacity.
  • Ideally, supporting the development of physical literacy should be a major focus prior to the adolescent growth spurt.
  • The skills that make up physical literacy vary by location and culture, and depend on how much importance a society places on certain activities.


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?

  • Fun
  • Self Esteem
  • Less Likely to take drugs or smoke
  • Reduce depression and relieve stress
  • Develop discipline
  • Learn to deal with disappointment
  • Academic success
  • Teamwork
  • Strategic thinking
  • Exercise – quality of life!


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.

Mailing address:

Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre

800 Griffin Road East

Cochrane, Alberta, T4C 2B8

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