Sport For Life Society


2018 Volume: Edition 2



In this newsletter, we would like to share with you a number of campaigns and initiatives that aim to improve the quality of sport and physical literacy!



Sport for Life for all Newcomer to Canada Resource

By 2030, immigration will account for all of Canada’s net population growth. Cities across Canada are being transformed by immigration, and these demographic trends will undoubtedly impact the Canadian sport and physical activity system. Grassroots and professional organizations need to find ways to appeal to this diverse new audience, and it is the responsibility of all sport and physical activity leaders to ensure that the system is accessible to all Canadians.


The resource outlines the barriers that newcomers may face in their participation of sport and physical activity, and then provides examples of solutions and opportunities that exist, as well as promising practices of work being done across Canada.


>>Download Here



LTAD Webinar: A Framework for Officiating

Development Programs

Drop out from the amateur officiating ranks is a persistent, pervasive, and global problem. Annual attrition rates of up to 20-30% in most sports require an ongoing investment of time, effort, and money in recruiting and training new officials. Understanding what motivates individuals to enter into officiating roles, as well as the critical role of perceived organizational support in keeping them involved, underpins successful officiating programs. This webinar, presented by Dr. Lori Livingston and Dr. Susan Forbes, examines the problem and makes evidence-based recommendations on how to implement successful officiating recruitment, development, and retention initiatives.


This webinar will be available in English only.




Movement Preparation: Part Two

Movement preparation is a component of training to enhance performance and durability, using well-established, science-based principles of training the physiology and psychology of the athlete. It is based on the concept of physical literacy, and features a series of fundamental movement skills and dynamic exercises deliberately sequenced and progressed in three levels to train the brain as well as the body.

This course is the second part of a three-part training program which teaches coaches how to effectively use the physical literacy movement preparation as a warm-up to increase the durability and performance of athletes while decreasing their risk of injury. While applicable to all sports, this program focuses specifically on the protocol for level 1, while developing familiarity with the program and the supporting tools to progress to levels 2, 3 and beyond in the future.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

Know the key objectives of each of the five components of movement preparation: dynamics, accelerations, ladders, cutting, and core.

Be familiar with the each of the Level 1 movement preparation exercises.

Identify the equipment needed to implement movement preparation in a soccer setting.

Describe how to set up, implement, and progress each of the five components.

This course was developed in part with Canada Soccer as part of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ Legacy program with the financial support of the Public Health Agency of Canada.





#LevelTheField Campaign

#LevelTheField is a province-wide movement that is working to create a more inclusive sport culture in BC by targeting under-represented groups, such as women and girls, persons with disabilities and those who identify with the LGBTQI2S community.


On November 17 2015, viaSport implemented the first advocacy phase: gender equity in sport. Over 370 British Columbians took the pledge to create a more inclusive sport culture for women and girls within British Columbia.


Join the movement to #LevelTheField and inspire change within your community.





PLAYfun Tool Validated

The suite of Physical Literacy Assessment for Youth (PLAY) Tools are meant to aid in improving our population’s level of physical literacy. Directed at individuals aged seven and up, the PLAY Tools identify determine gaps in physical literacy development and provide calls-to-action to help improve these areas.


The PLAYfun tool assesses 18 land-based movement tasks categorized into upper and lower body control skills, body control and balance, and transport skills. The competence level for each movement task is graded on a 100-point scale using a rubric within four categories: Initial, Emerging, Competent and Proficient. Also, for each task, flags are recorded for movement confidence and comprehension of movement terminology.


This tool was designed to be used by professionals with movement expertise, and requires training.


This article, published in a top tier exercise science journal, Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, validates the measurement properties of the PLAYfun tool using confirmatory factor analysis.



#SheCanCoach Campaign

Changing the Game – Changing the Conversation is a program to recruit new female coaches and change public perceptions about who can coach.


A dedicated public campaign, #SheCanCoach, launched February 1, 2018 and features produced video content, website, and social engagement.


Check out to get involved!


The Coaches Association of Ontario, with funding from Ontario 150, launched Changing the Game (CTG) in 2017. CTG, the program side of the project, successfully recruited more than 250 new female coaches into over 50 different sports across Ontario. Changing the Conversation (CTC) will build on that success to change public perceptions about who can coach.


We Believe #SheCanCoach!




Sport for Life Society | (778) 433-2066 |


2018 Volume: Edition 1



The 2018 Sport for Life Canadian Summit and 2018 World Long-Term Athlete Development Symposium are less than two weeks away! This newsletter will provide information on both, as well as resources and updates to help you advance quality sport and physical literacy in 2018.



Regular Registration Rate Deadline Today!

The 2018 Sport for Life Canadian Summit is only two weeks away, and today is the last day to register at the regular rate. Here are five reasons you should attend:

1.   Quality and Variety of Presentations

2.   Innovative Workshops

3.   Inspiring Keynotes

4.   Opportunities to Network and Socialize

5.   Professional Development Points Available


>>View the detailed program




If you have any questions, contact Hannah Mashon:



WLTAD in Two Weeks!

On January 26, 2018 in Gatineau Quebec, the World Long-Term Athlete Development (WLTAD) Symposium will take the lead in showcasing conversations between researchers, Sport for Life experts, and practitioners, addressing specific questions and challenges in the world of sport. The WLTAD creates a platform for researchers and coaches to discuss their individual discoveries for better 2-way communication and ongoing support.


>>View the detailed program




If you have any questions, contact Hannah Mashon:



Early Specialization and Injury: What We Know

Early overspecialization, a focus on only one sport before adolescence, may help young athletes

perform better at an early age, but is generally harmful to their long-term development.


One particular area of concern is overuse injury, which may become chronic and career-ending

injury, related to increased training and competition in adolescence and pre-adolescence.

Research supports “integrative” training in multiple sports and activities, and use of “neuromuscular warm-up” in programs to reduce the incidence of overuse and chronic injury.


This webinar, presented by Dr. Nota Klentrou and other experts to be announced, examines the

problem and makes evidence-based recommendations for protecting young athletes. The

webinar will be available in English only.


>>Register here



Active Sudbury Launches Multi-Sectors Strategic Alliance to Enhance Physical Literacy

Active Sudbury has committed to a Physical Literacy for Communities (PL4C) initiative, engaging stakeholders from the community to deliver sustainable physical literacy programming aimed at improving the health and physical activity levels of its citizens. This is a THREE-YEAR PROJECT funded by an Ontario Trillium Foundation Grow Grant.


This goal of the project is to develop and support “PLAY Groups”, in four areas: Education, Sport and Recreation, Health, and Early Years. Each PLAY Group will aim to increase physical activity and participation in sport through a “developing physical literacy approach” within the City of Greater Sudbury. The focus will be on building the capacity of over 1,600 staff and volunteers to assess and deliver evidence-informed, high quality physical activity programs in these sectors.


Partners: SportLink – Greater Sudbury Sport Council, City of Greater Sudbury, Cambrian College Physical Fitness Management Program, Laurentian University School of Education, Sudbury & District Health Unit, Sport for Life.


For more information on how to incorporate the Physical Literacy for Communities approach, email Drew Mitchell, Sport for Life Director of Physical Literacy –



Direct Instruction Matters for all Children

A child’s school readiness refers to the development of their foundational skills, their fundamental movement skills, and their attentive engagement in instructional situations.


This recent study outlines how, in just 10 one-hour-per-week sessions, we can significantly improve motor skill and reading (pre-literacy skills) in three- and four-year-old children through a cost-effective, simple, community-based program using fun games and activities.


>>Learn more




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