Since 2006 the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) National Summit has brought together leaders of sport, health, recreation and education who work to enhance the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada. CS4L recognizes that quality sport and physical activity offer rich benefits to Canadian society through improved health, stronger communities, higher sporting achievement, and stronger national identity. By improving sport, CS4L aims to improve the lives of all Canadians. The National Summit is designed to assist these leaders in advancing and implementing the Sport for Life philosophy throughout Canadian society.

The CS4L Summit is open to leaders in sport, health, recreation and education from around the world to attend.

The 2014 Canadian Sport for Life National Summit program is available for download! The detailed program will be available soon!  

The 2014 Canadian Sport for Life National Summit program-at-a-glance wil be available soon!  Please note that the program content and timings are subject to change.

January 28, 2014 Pre-Summit Workshops and Sport-Specific LTAD Meetings
January 29-30, 2014 CS4L National Summit
January 31, 2014 World Long-Term Athlete Development Symposium


POSTERS: The 2014 CS4L Poster summaries are available - click here to view online



The following pre-workshops, to be held on January 28, are not included in the Summit registration fee. For full-day workshops, coffee, tea and lunch will be served. For partial-day workshops, coffee and tea only will be served.

January 28, 2014

Competition Review and Restructuring (full day)

This half-day Mini-Summit is perfect for an NSO just getting started with their Competition Review. This session will provide participants with a strong understanding of the competition review process and the tools available for use in each step.  The primary focus of the session is to provide NSO CS4L-LTAD Leads with an initial introduction to the “reality check scorecard” and its connection to stage by stage competition principles. Further, there will be an opportunity to explore the concept of meaningful and developmentally appropriate competition.  Each NSO participant will leave with an action plan based on understanding of the first steps in initiating their Competition Review process, and the confidence to establish an effective work group to accomplish their Competition Review & Restructuring.


    A completed sport-specific LTAD overview document

Sport for Development (full day)

Development through Sport is the intentional use of sport to achieve non-sport (often social) objectives. This workshop will focus on:

  • What is meant by development through sport
  • How does development through sport differ from sport development
  • What kinds of programs are being run (examples of good international and national practice)
  • What does development through sport look like in practice
  • Steps in designing a development through sport program
  • The pedagogy of development through sport programs; learning how to deliver programs
  • Designing your own sport activity to achieve a non-sport objective.
  • Evaluating development through sport programs
  • Potential sources of funding for programs

Physical Literacy 101: From Research to Practice Mini-Summit (AM 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 Mini-Summit is to cover a broad introduction to the concept of physical literacy. During this half-day Mini-Summit, 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.

Building the Train to Train Athlete (AM half day)

In Long-Term Athlete Development, the Train to Train stage is critical in making or breaking an athlete.  The adolescent athlete’s life is full of competing priorities, such as: multiple sport participation, school sport, social life, work, and they are also going through puberty, which is a great challenge alone. Leaders in the Canadian Sport System have the ability to identify, modify, influence and manipulate elements in the system to promote developmentally appropriate and optimal athlete preparation.

The focus of this Mini-Summit is to identify and highlight sport system issues and to provide sport leaders with strategies to adapt processes and fixtures to reinforce optimal periodization for adolescent/pubertal athletes while considering the LTAD Key Factors.


    Strong working knowledge of sport-specific LTAD
    Have a strong understanding of the influences on the Train to Train Athletes.
    Completed competition review with re-structuring underway based on new competition calendar
    Basic knowledge of planning and Periodization

Athlete Preparation Skills Matrix Mini Summit (AM half day)

This Mini-Summit will have two points of emphasis, depending on how advanced the participating sports are with their LTAD development. Most sports, through the process of creating their sport-specific LTAD Model, have developed a comprehensive ‘skills matrix’ detailing the capabilities required for athletes at each stage. For those sports, the session will review their skills matrix and then will focus on identifying how to measure or assess the skills. This will allow NSOs to guide and align programs, competition and coach training.  Emphasis will be placed on determining when athletes have acquired and mastered skills and are ready to move to the next stage.  For the sports whose skills matrix is not comprehensively completed, the discussion will revolve around determining the details required or identifying the information needed to complete the skills matrix.  Please note: for the context of our discussion, ‘skills’ include physical, technical, tactical (including decision making), mental, emotional, social, and life skills.


    A completed sport-specific LTAD overview document
    A partial or completed skills matrix

PLAY Workshop (half day)

Details coming soon...

Are we there yet? A GPS for CS4L-LTAD Mini-Summit (PM half day)

This Mini-Summit will explore ways sports can monitor LTAD implementation at the national, provincial/territorial and community levels. Participants will learn how to use the CS4L "scorecard" to measure success factors, track progress and better understand current government funding models.  We will discuss how planning, "logic models" and evaluation can guide LTAD planning.


    Completed sport-specific LTAD
    Completed competition review

Révision du système de compétitions et de la restructuration * (PM half day)

Details coming soon...