Community Sport for Life



Sport and Belonging

Community Foundations of Canada in partnership with the True Sport Foundation have released a follow up report that explores the role of sport in building belonging in our communities. The report tackles the issues of declining participation and a growing gender gap in sport across Canada, and shares a game plan for how to make sport more inclusive, affordable and fun.

CS4LA movement to improve the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada

The Golden Opportunity : Long Term Athlete Development presented by Dave Ellis

Dave Ellis presents Long Term Athlete Development in context with sports community


Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) is a movement to improve the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada through improved athlete training and better integration between all stakeholders in the sport system, including sport organizations, education, recreation and health. A key feature of CS4L is Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD), a developmental pathway whereby athletes follow optimal training, competition, and recovery regimens from childhood through all phases of adulthood.

CS4L has been gathering momentum since the publication of the 2005 resource paper Canadian Sport for Life. Since 2005, every national sport organization in Canada has developed sport-specific LTAD guidelines for their athletes. Further work has been done by provincial organizations and governmental groups and agencies to promote CS4L in their jurisdictions.


Vision for CS4L

Reshape how we support sport and train athletes at all levels in Canada – from children to adults, from towns to cities, from provinces and regions through to the National level. In realizing this vision, we aim to keep more Canadians active for life with recreational sport and physical activity, and at the same time help Canadians in all sports win more medals internationally

To create an active and healthy population ALL Canadian children need a sound foundation of movement and sport skills to build on later in life; and this foundation is called Physical Literacy.

Nova Scotia CS4L

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Long-term Player Development


Long-Term Athlete Development:

What’s Happening on the Ground

When LTAD Babies Grow Up

Athletic excellence takes time. There is no fast-track process. Researchers claim it takes 10,000 hours while sport scientists and coaching experts say 8-12 years, meaning a decade should give us an idea as to how LTAD is working. For early adopters of LTAD with almost 10 years behind them, what’s the verdict?

Click here to find out.

The Evolution of Golf Canada’s LTPD Resource


No aspect of the  Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Framework is ever complete. LTAD represents the best practices in coaching and athlete development as they are understood today. But sport science research, technological innovations and best practices in coaching are constantly evolving.

Golf Canada recognized the need for this continuous improvement by launching its Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) Guide version 2.0 in early 2015 – an overhaul of the original LTPD resource that had been created in 2006.


Canadian Sport for Life LTAD Pamphlet

Canadian Sport for Life is Long-Term Athlete Development, Developing Physical Literacy, and Active for Life.

This fold out pamphlet provides an outline of CS4L’s Long-Term Athlete Development Framework.

Open the pamphlet here.

Long-Term Athlete Development Implementation: The Juniper Jams

In the winter of 2013 the staff teams at Freestyle Skiing Ontario (FSO) and Alpine Ontario Alpin (AOA) were exploring why skiers exit the sport in their early teens to late 20s. It was postulated that many athletes were leaving the sport because their focus in skiing was too narrow, and that they were not given the latitude to enjoy all aspects of the sport.

With this problem in mind, FSO and AOA apply some of the basic thinking presented in the Canadian Sport for Life-Long-Term Athlete Development (CS4L-LTAD) Framework to address the problem of early specialization in skiing programs.


CS4L-LTAD Events

Sept 19-27

Preceding the opening of Sport Leadership – Winnipeg, MB; Nov 11:

  • Athlete Development Matrix Workshop (Morning session)
  • LTAD 101: LTAD in the Canadian Sport System (Afternoon session)
  • CAC-NSO Meeting on “Best Practices/Successful Practices” (Afternoon session)
  • Register here

2016 CS4L National Summit Week – Gatineau, QC; Jan 25-28:

  • MSO Representatives & NSO LTAD Leads Day – Jan 25
  • Series of mini-summits and workshops – Jan 26
  • 2016 CS4L National Summit – Jan 26-28
  • Register here

2014 Field Hockey BC Learn to Train Program

LTAD Long Term Athlete Development – Sport of Tennis – Active and Fundamental Stages. Age 2-4, 5-8 year Olds

Sport’s ability to shape individual character and communities at large.

Over the years, this initiative supported hundreds of community-based sport projects; influenced the development of provincial and national sport policy; and promoted the skills development of community sport leaders.

Sport Nova Scotia is proud to unveil the 2015 Sport Makes a Difference campaign! We believe this campaign is both critical and timely, as it focuses on bringing Nova Scotians back to the heart of sport… the “FUN”.

The campaign centres on a Sport Pledge which speaks to adults and stresses a positive sport environment. We encourage you to take the pledge on our website by clicking here.

We also encourage you to share the good word with board members, sponsors, partners, staff, friends, neighbours… Everybody! You can do this with e-mail (simply copy & paste this e-mail), Twitter or Facebook (see attached sample images).

If you wish, please also consider updating your e-mail signature with the image in the file attached.

In the weeks to come, you may spot our TV commercial on CTV, billboards in Halifax and Sydney, the big street poster at the entrance to our building on Spring Garden Road, and radio spots on stations across the province (to listen, click on MP3 file attached). You may also spot our posters (displaying the pledge) in numerous sport venues and/or our car stickers (“Let Sport be Play”).

Thanks in advance for your support – and for helping Nova Scotians remember all you need to say: I Love to Watch you Play!

Dean Morley

Sport Nova Scotia – Cape Breton Community Sport Development Coordinator

(902) 595-0952 /

Sport is not just for kids! Read about the benefits of joining an indoor sports league as an adult:…/

Recreation and Sport Collaborating


“77 per cent of Canadians believe sport can strengthen our communities by helping to reduce crime, supporting newcomers, bringing people together and bolstering the economy.” Read new study, in partnership with True Sport / on the state of community sport in Canada.…/

Nelson Mandela: Uniting South Africa Through Sport  

Sport has the power to change the world,” Mandela said. “It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.”


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