McConnell 9 Communities
Nine pilot projects will test the Sport for Life model in communities for the long-term benefit of children and adults by creating better quality sport opportunities and more engaged communities.
People in Abbotsford, Cochrane, Hamilton, Red Deer, Vancouver, Edmonton, Victoria, Winnipeg and Toronto can soon look forward to innovative programs to promote physical literacy.
Abbotsford is increasing physical literacy and maximizing child and youth participation in high quality, LTAD-cognizant sport and physical activity opportunities by making facilities more widely accessible, evaluating program quality and inspiring neighboring communities to take action and create their own sport strategy.
Play Cochrane is partnering with local elementary schools, building their capacity to develop physical literacy in all students through the training of leaders, teachers, coaches, youth and volunteers in the support and delivery of physical literacy programming.
The community of Hamilton is engaging partners, promoting learning, and advancing physical literacy through the development of a physical literacy program evaluation tool to support Sport for Life engagement and implementation in the community.
PLAY Central is changing systems by creating a platform for interested partners from health, education, recreation, sport and other sectors to work together to promote, implement and evaluate programs, services, amenities and policies which increase physical literacy and advance Sport for Life in the communities of Central Alberta.
Community Connections 4 Sport Vancouver is connecting community leaders in sport, recreation, education and health to ensure that all children and youth in Vancouver have equitable opportunities to become physically literate by engaging in quality sport and physical activity.
PLAY GREAT (Physical Literacy And You: GReater Edmonton Area Team) is changing systems by creating a platform for interested partners from health, education, recreation, sport and other sectors to work together to promote, implement and evaluate programs, services, amenities and policies which increase physical literacy and advance Canadian Sport for Life in the Edmonton region.
Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence will develop physical literacy in aboriginal children and adapted populations and remove the barriers that may otherwise prevent them from gaining access to physical literacy and quality sport.
Daycare workers, community nurses, early childhood educators and others who work with young children will receive Active Start training workshops to get children moving earlier. Over the next two years 2400 leaders will be trained.
The East Scarborough Multi-Sport Collaborative will provide all children and youth in East Scarborough with the opportunity to become physically literate, to develop personal resiliency and life skills, and to reach their personal athletic potential through quality, multi-sport experiences facilitated by the integration of Sport for Life and LTAD frameworks in community practices.
Sport for Life will mentor these nine communities to develop physical literacy and improve the quality of sport, the lessons learned will continue to inform and inspire aspiring Sport for Life communities across Canada. Sport for Life acknowledges the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and other champions for their support of the Sport for Life movement.