Article posted by: PacificSport Okanagan - Mar 30, 2017
With the support from the Central Okanagan Foundation, PacificSport Okanagan has been implementing Physical Literacy Initiatives to primary and elementary school-aged children and youth in the Central Okanagan in an effort to enhance overall physical literacy in the community. Through physical literacy mentoring for teachers, children are now learning fundamental movement skills supported by qualified instructors. Quality physical education programs offer an opportunity to foster the development of physical literacy for all children and youth by providing equal and equitable access to the development of the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to become physically literate. By learning these skills in a fun, safe and engaging environment, we are able to ensure that every child has the basic physical literacy tools they need to take part in physical activity and sport, both for healthy life-long enjoyment and for sporting success.
Similar to traditional literacy development, physical literacy is a life-long learning process that is developed and strengthened over time. Children involved in the Physical Literacy based programs are able to learn age appropriate fundamental movement skills in a variety of settings prior to sport specific skill acquisition. The ability to develop these skills early in the "development years" provide children with the foundation that they require to be confident and successful in future sport and physical activity endeavors.
Increasing the number of Physical Literacy Champions in our community builds sustainability by increasing the number of healthy and Active for Life role models, leaders, and coaches working with children and youth in the Central Okanagan.
Thank you Central Okanagan Foundation for supporting PacificSport Okanagan to help to fulfil its mission to empower our communities to play, participate and perform at their best, through sport.