It's funny; the movement of athlete development to Canadian Sport For Life (CS4L)-driven pathways is being touted by some as change management of the highest order. But is it really that difficult? Is the head-shaking fear of this change genuinely worthy or just fear-mongering from people who simply don't want it?
When I was appointed Alberta CS4L Coordinator earlier this year, the aim of this new position was to create an effective communications network and to map physical literacy and athlete development within the province.
International sporting success has many outcomes, which I would argue are beneficial and far reaching. Governments seem to agree with what appears to be a continuing and increasing “arms race” with the hopes of further medals. As but one example on October 11, 2014, Russia announced a new federal funding program worth RUB70 billion ($1.8 billion) to further develop physical education and sports.
Now in its second year, the CS4L Leaders’ School (CLS) is gaining prominence as an incubator for exciting community LTAD and physical literacy projects. At the January 2014 CS4L National Summit, the eight inaugural CLS 2013 graduates presented their amazing initiatives – and a few months from now, the 15 leaders enrolled in Year Two will be out to trump them.
This is the third blog about the Activating CS4L in Ontario project ("the Project"), but the first in a long time; the last was written in late 2012. The Project is a collaborative with three Ontario Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs- basketball, soccer, volleyball), the Toronto Sport Council, and Brock University to learn how best to integrate CS4L-LTAD in community sport clubs and develop a new generation of CS4L leaders to work in the community. The Project page is here.
Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) in partnership with the Aboriginal Sport Circle is facilitating the development of Aboriginal Long-Term Athlete (ALTAD) resources and their activation in communities and sport systems. The purpose of these resources is to increase the percentage of Aboriginal children who are physically literate, to define a pathway for Aboriginal athletes into the sport performance pathway and, to have more Aboriginal people being active for life. A first step in this process is the hosting of regional summits with the purpose of engaging key stakeholders including First Nations, Inuit and, Metis leaders and, sport policy and program leaders from all provinces and territories.