What is physical literacy? Physical activity is a lot more fun when we’re physically literate. If we want children to be active for life, they need to develop physical literacy at a young age. Physicalliteracy.ca offers coaches, recreation professionals and health practitioners access to a wide range of resources that can help people become physically literate.
Definition: "Physical literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life."
- The International Physical Literacy Association, May 2014
The Physical Literacy Assessment for Youth (PLAY) tools are meant to improve our population’s level of physical literacy. Directed at individuals aged seven and up, the PLAY Tools determine gaps in physical literacy development,
and provide calls-to-action to help improve these areas.
To get a sense of what physical literacy is and why it’s important, check out this three-minute video. It includes definitions as well as key facts and stats regarding physical activity levels among children and youth. You’ll understand the benefits of physical literacy, but also the dangers of physical inactivity. As the video states, “It’s not just about sports. It’s about giving children and youth the opportunity to succeed – to live a happy, healthy, long life.”