The Physical Literary Environmental Assessment (PLEA) Tool is a program evaluation tool for sport, physical education and physical activity programs to assess how they are implementing the principles of physical literacy. Physical literacy is defined as: “the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.” The PLEA Tool will be useful for teachers, coaches, and physical activity program leaders for program planning, delivery and evaluation.

The PLEA Tool was developed through a rigorous, multi-stage process involving consultation with physical literacy experts, PLEA Tool testing and validation in Hamilton, ON and a Canada-wide national consultation process. The PLEA Tool received input from over 400 physical activity, sport, recreation and physical education leaders from Hamilton, ON and across Canada.

The PLEA Tool was designed by Hilary Caldwell and Dr. Brian Timmons at the Child Health & Exercise Medicine Program at McMaster University and in collaboration with Sport for Life, Sport Hamilton and City of Hamilton Public Health Services.

We would like to acknowledge the financial support of RBC Learn to Play, City of Hamilton Public Health Services and City of Hamilton Healthy Kids Community Challenge.

Here are some links and resources that will help improve the different areas evaluated during the Physical Literary Environmental Assessment (PLEA) Tool.