The situation in Canada
In the past, the sport system has been divided into silos of program delivery: recreation, sport clubs, and physical education in schools. With many different institutions, agencies, and groups involved in delivering sport and physical activity programming, it makes program delivery and participation expensive and inefficient.
Cooperation and joint action between recreation services and sport groups can lead to programs developing physical literacy and encouraging Canadians to be active for life. Whether it’s programs that support physical literacy for children, greater opportunities for adults and seniors to pursue lifelong physical activity and wellness, or innovative approaches to facility usage, each sector recognizes that the others have something unique to offer, making the collective stronger and more positive for everyone in the community.
How Physical Literacy helps Recreation Professionals
Under the Sport for Life Long-Term Athlete Development framework, recreation works together with sport to harmonize programs and create a more effective system for every citizen in Canada. Physical Literacy initiatives support recreation, education, and sport clubs to coordinate their efforts for the greatest welfare of the children and adults in their programs.
Resources for Recreation Professionals
- Becoming a Canadian Sport for Life Community
- Lesson plans and activities for professionals at Active for Life
- Linking Sport for Life with Management by Values
- Long-Term Professional Development
- Recommendations for Community Program Leaders and Coaches
- Richmond Sport for Life Strategy
- Vancouver Sport Strategy
- High FIVE