ABCs of Movement

ABCs: Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed

Fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills largely rely on the ABCs of movement: Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed. The ABCs underpin all of the fundamentals, and they are useful in all sports and physical activities.   

Agility, balance, coordination, and speed are valuable in almost all sports. The ABCs help to underpin all fundamental movement and sport skills, hence the ABCs are an essential part of physical literacy. There are a number of activities that are especially good at helping children to learn and refine their ABCs: 

Gymnastics
Gymnastics help children to develop agility, balance, and coordination.

Athletics (track and field)
Athletics help children to develop speed and coordination.

Skating and Skiing
Skating and skiing develop balance, coordination and speed.

Soccer
Soccer helps children develop speed, agility and coordination.

Swimming and Synchro
As well as building confidence and safety in the water, swimming and synchro develop balance and coordination.

Cycling, Skateboarding, Horse Riding
Cycling, skateboarding and horse riding develop balance and judgment of speed.

Look at the physical literacy checklist below to see if your child is doing enough activities to develop physical literacy: