Community Workshops

Sport for Life Community Workshops are an excellent way to educate, motivate and inspire action amongst a specific group of individuals from the community at large. Each Community Workshop has been carefully crafted to activate quality sport and physical activity delivery highlighting best practices, research and the experience of our Sport for Life Experts & Leadership Group. 
Our Physical Literacy Workshops are designed for local recreation leaders, volunteer and professional coaches, educators, health care professionals and parents, while our Becoming a Sport for Life Community may expand upon this list to include local government representatives, supervisors and decision makers in the areas of health, education, recreation, sport and more!  


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*In the spirit of Kaizen, or continuous improvement, Sport for Life Community Mini-Summits have be re-named Sport for Life Community Workshops. 


Workshops and Descriptions

Cost for full-day workshop: $900 (+ tax & expenses)

Cost for half-day workshop: $600 (+ tax & expenses)

*The Aboriginal Long-Term Participant Development Pathway Workshop is $1500 (+ tax & expenses) as it requires 2 facilitators.

An Introduction to Sport for Life (half day)

Whether you’re involved in the sport, recreation, health or education sector, you can help to integrate the Long-Term Athlete Development framework across Canada.  Long-Term Athlete Development is a multi-stage training, competition and recovery pathway that guides an individual’s experience in sport and physical activity from infancy through all phases of adulthood. This workshop will provide you with background on the Long-Term Athlete Development Framework and will explain the seven primary stages and 10 Key Factors behind Long-Term Athlete Development, as well as outlining the key outcomes, values and principles of the Sport for Life movement.  Participants will gain a broader understanding of Sport for Life - Long-Term Athlete Development, and will learn how embracing this movement will lead to improved quality of sport and physical activity across Canada.

Becoming a Sport for Life Community (full-day)

The community is the first place everyone experiences physical activity and sport. Sport for Life provides the framework to ensure these experiences are positive and sets the stage for a lifelong relationship with physical activity.

Municipal recreation, community leaders and community sport stakeholders are increasingly concerned about the health and wellness of their communities. This workshop will provide an opportunity for cross-sectoral collaboration, enabling health, education, recreation, sport and other stakeholders to work together, applying the principles of Long-Term Community Development in their efforts to create active, productive and engaged citizens. Topics covered will include the Sport for Life framework and physical literacy concepts, Becoming a Sport for Life Community Self Assessment and sharing of Sport for Life success stories from communities across Canada. Participants will return to their communities with goals, resources and a network to support them on their path to "Becoming a Sport for Life Community".

Physical Literacy 101: An Introduction to Physical Literacy (half-day)

Physical activity is a lot more fun when you are physically literate. Now more than ever, physical literacy is being recognized as an important component of best practices in the sport, recreation, health and education sectors within Canada. Unfortunately, not everyone knows or understands what exactly physical literacy is.
The goal of the Physical Literacy 101 Workshop is to cover a broad introduction to the concept of physical literacy. During this half-day workshop, you will take part in an interactive session that will help you to define what exactly physical literacy means, and how you can integrate its concepts to improve your programs. We will touch on the Physical Literacy Assessment for Youth (PLAY) Tools and show you how these can be used to track development of physical literacy skills to help participants improve where needed. You will leave with a solid understanding of what physical literacy is and knowledge of how you can encourage continual improvement and development of physical literacy skills across the lifespan.

Physical Literacy 201: Physical Literacy Assessment for Youth (half-day)

This workshop will provide participants with the ability to execute, score and interpret the physical literacy assessment for youth (PLAY) tools in a sport specific setting. The session includes an update on physical literacy trends, which highlight potential roles for sport associations. Participants will leave this session with a renewed sense of urgency to address physical literacy through your strong working knowledge of the PLAY tools and their application. There are numerous opportunities and applications for these tools, including physical literacy awareness for parents and coaches, global and individual tracking of physical literacy, assessing the impact of your programs on physical literacy development and research applications.

Physical Literacy 301: Creating a Quality Physical Literacy Experience (half-day)

Participants will learn how to incorporate physical literacy enriched activities into a variety of indoor or outdoor settings. The activities can be easily implemented by a coach, physical educator or generalist teacher, recreation leader or parent. Physical literacy will be discussed as a means to enhance performance, increase active participation, as well as to reduce risk of injury. Physical activity is a lot more fun when you are physically literate!

Physical Literacy 501: Inclusive Physical Literacy (half-day)

Physical Literacy 501 will help participants to understand the importance of physical literacy development for participants with disabilities. This workshop will take participants through what universally accessible programs are and how to plan and create them. It also helps participants to develop their pedagogic strategies to teach inclusive sessions and direct them to resources and tools to help with implementation.

Aboriginal Long-Term Participant Development Pathway (full-day)

The Aboriginal Long-Term Participant Development Pathway workshop is designed to help sport and physical activity organizations across Canada enhance their understanding about how to support Aboriginal participants and athletes in their programming. The workshop will spend time developing an appreciation of Aboriginal culture, and how that culture plays out in terms of engagement and sustained participation through the sport system. It will outline the key elements that need to be considered when planning, developing and implementing programs for and with Aboriginal peoples and communities, including a focus on supporting the physical, mental, spiritual and cultural needs of the individual to maximize their experience in sport and physical activity. The workshop will focus on how we can adjust the competition pathway and some of the policies within the system to ensure that we create a clearer pathway for Aboriginal participants and athletes.

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