In NB, we have a few multi-sport opportunities for kids to sample different activities and get exposure to different skills. BUT WE NEED MORE of these opportunities! Check out this awesome video about the Cochrane Multisport Program. Why is multisport important? Check out these multi-sport advantage articles on the Active for Life website.
Join us June 18th at Sugarloaf Provincial Park for a free Outdoor Learning Adventure!
Meet us at the park for this exciting event aimed at promoting and engaging New Brunswick communities in outdoor adventure, play, and learning. This gathering will highlight the best that New Brunswick has to offer in outdoor activity and build capacity among front-line leaders and educators of children and youth. The weekend will motivate and support these leaders to take their programs outside, foster connections with nature and engage children and youth in adventurous outdoor play.
Sunday, June 18th from 9 am to 3 pm, New Brunswick’s experts in outdoor education and adventure will have the opportunity to share their best practices, resources, and ideas with leaders in education, parks, and recreation. The day will include a series of hands-on learning experiences and opportunities for sharing and knowledge exchange. Our goal is to equip leaders with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to become champions for outdoor play and learning in their communities.
All participants are encouraged to take advantage of the park’s campground for free overnight accommodations on Saturday, June 17th. Lunch will be provided on Sunday, but please bring a tent and anything else you'll need to spend Saturday night at the Park!
Please, plan to meet at the Terry Fox Trail parking lot (access this trail by taking a left shortly after entering Sugarloaf Park) at 9am Sunday morning and stay tuned for more adventure details!
Link to register: https://www.nbplays.ca/workshops/
*DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FRIDAY JUNE 9th for REGISTRATION
The South-East Sport for Life COOP is at it again! Because of the level of interest and success in the multi-sport camps last year, they will be offering TWO camps this year. Through the Teaching Games for Understanding approach, children had the opportunity to learn many fundamental movement skills such as throwing, running, kicking, receiving, catching and trapping, running, and many more through sport vehicles such as handball, lawn bowling, football, soccer, track and field, and curling. Children we're exposed to many sports in a non-competitive environment as well as many environments (such as on ground and on curling ice surface). See our success stories section to view their story from last year!
This is a bilingual camp for children aged 7 to 12.
The camp is held at Rocky Stone Field (Centennial Park) in Moncton.
Visit their website for more information and to register: http://nbkidsonthemove.com/registration/
WHY is multi-sport important? A multi-sport camp or event such as the Western Valley Games creates an opportunity for children to try different activities and learn new skills in a safe and fun environment. There are many aspects to creating a quality physical literacy experience for children – FUN and Variety being main components. Check out this webinar on creating a physical literacy-enriched summer camp environment:
True Sport is a series of programs and initiatives designed to give people, communities and organizations the means by which to leverage the many benefits of sport from a platform of shared values and principles. Through public consultation, Canadians have told us that they want their sport experience to be based on the values of fairness, excellence, inclusion and fun.
True Sport is dedicated to the notion that good sport can make a great difference. It is our mission to deliver programs and initiatives that…
- Enable participants, parents, coaches and officials to articulate and act upon their deeply held belief in the virtues of good sport
- Enable participants, parents, coaches and officials to identify with others holding similar values
- Create a fair, safe and open atmosphere where good sport can grow stronger through inclusive competition at all levels.
Their latest campaign #theridehome:
Visit the campaign page here for interview, tips, and resources.
Early sport specialization is on the rise in youth sport, and it’s a disturbing trend. Many parents of young kids (i.e. 12 and under) genuinely believe that more is better, that they are giving their child an edge by narrowing in on one sport, or even that it is a matter of competitive survival.
The reality, however, is very different. Studies consistently document the dangers. Dangers to the child’s overall development, danger in terms of injury to growing bodies, and danger from burnout. Unfortunately, these facts are not broadly known and parents are often pushed in the wrong direction. Often the push comes in the form of peer pressure from other sport parents or coaches who are equally uninformed or, worse, from private companies who profit from the hype.
Enter Get More From Sport, an education campaign developed by Hockey Nova Scotia and Soccer Nova Scotia, with support from Sport Nova Scotia, to promote multi-sport play. The goal of the campaign is for every parent of an athlete aged 12 or under to visit this site, as you now have. See the evidence and read the facts. Take the test. Hear from sporting greats. See the movement. From there, parents will have the information to make the best decisions for their growing athletes. Hopefully, the grown-ups will worry less about the score, or the level, or “getting ahead,” and simply foster a love of sport that keeps children active for life.
Full version video:
(Article produced by Active For Life)
It’s a new school year. Do you know what your child’s physical education program looks like? More and more, PE is being cut from schools. Other subjects fight for top priority.
When PE does exist, many schools are relying on classroom teachers to teach PE whether they are knowledgeable or comfortable doing so, instead of employing specialists who understand physical literacy and the best way to engage children in physical activity.
No Running is a new documentary that looks at what needs to happen in our schools in order to get physical literacy to be seen as equally important to literacy and numeracy, and interviews the people who are championing the cause.
The film is important viewing for all parents and educators. Producer Matthew Young believes that we are all responsible for making sure kids are developing fundamental movement skills. So have a look, and if after watching you’re inspired to advocate for your child’s right to learn how to move, here are three immediate actions you can take:
- Contact the administrators of your child’s school to find out what their approach is to phys ed.
- Forward the link to this documentary and to these resources for educators to your child’s teachers.
- Make sure you’re making time to be active with your child at home. Schedule time each day for structured and unstructured active family time.
To view the documentary, click here.
New-Brunswick Physical Literacy Profile
As reading and writing, physical literacy (the development of movement vocabulary) is essential for the development of the whole child. Physical literacy builds a deep foundation to being able to participate in any types of physical activity. According to Canada’s Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, New-Brunswick has the lowest physical activity rates and some of the highest obesity levels in Canada. From the community to the provincial levels, stakeholders actively recognize the need to help New-Brunswick children to be more active. No large scale evaluations of physical literacy have been done in the province and only few empirical evidences exist in regards of physical literacy and its impact on physical activity participation.
In order to address this gap, we already established partnerships with schools, community sports, and provincial government to obtain a more comprehensive of the current situation about physical literacy in New Brunswick. We would like to extend this partnership with your program to obtain a more comprehensive understanding of physical literacy in New-Brunswick.
We hope to create curiosity and awareness of the concept of physical literacy amongst our province as well as educate decision makers of the current status of physical literacy levels in the province and how it possibly relates to the fact that we have low physical activity rates in New Brunswick.
This research project is funded through the New-Brunswick Health and Research Foundation, and an initiative from RBC and seeks to assess the levels of physical literacy in children ages 9-12 in both schools and community sport settings. Over a five-month period (April-August), we anticipate evaluating 1000 children in the province of New-Brunswick. With our province being mostly in the awareness phase, we are achieving three goals with this current project: 1) Establishing the first evidence and the first physical literacy profile in New Brunswick by collecting data in schools, in summer programs, and in aboriginal communities using both Passport for Life and PLAYtools, 2) creating awareness of the concept in hopes that people and organizations will start aligning with the Long-Term-Athlete Development Model that incorporate physical literacy, and 3) investigate the effectiveness and the reliability of these assessment tools.
Roll in participation:
Your participation in this project will consist of:
- Provide us with possible dates for visits (1 hour block)
- Obtain the signed consent forms (in attachment) from parents for participating children
- Consents will be printed and delivered to you a week prior to our visit.
- We are not taking time away from your program (assessments will occur simultaneously only taking a few students aside for a short period of time)
- We are not evaluating curriculum or program lessons
- We are not evaluating teacher/leader performance
- We are not coming back with recommendations or new programming
- We are not comparing data between schools or programs – all information will be kept anonymous
Participation and withdrawal:
You are free to participate in this project. You may also choose to remove your participation without any negative consequences and without justification of reason. If you decide to remove your participation in this study, it is important to let the coordinator of the project know (Cindy Levesque). All information gathered from your school at this point will be destroyed.
Why is it beneficial for you?
- By allowing us in your program you are contributing to the knowledge of the levels of physical literacy in our province
- Helping us to put together some of the first pieces of scientific evidence surrounding the physical literacy
- Helping establish the current level of physical literacy in our province will hopefully help us to understand if there is a link between physical literacy and physical activity
In the month of April, Dunglas Duncan from Sport for Life and Cindy Levesque from NB Physical Literacy were hosted by 4 regions in the North of the province (Miramichi, Chaleur -Péninsule, Restigouche, Republic) to deliver presentations on the Long-Term Athlete Development Model and Physical Literacy. The events altogether hosted approximately 150 delegates which included front-line leaders, coaches, educators, and parents.
The goal of the mini-summits was to inform the attendees on what is the Long-Term Athlete Development Model as well as highlighting the benefits of aligning with the model. The second presentation focused on the importance of developing physical literacy which is composed the first 3 stages of the Long-Term Athlete Development Model and forms its base. Physical literacy is the development of movement competence and having the confidence, knowledge and motivation to participate in a variety of different activities in different environments.
So Why Align and Build the Athlete First?
The one thing that most great players have in common is that they are also great athletes. A look back into their childhood reveals a youth spent outdoors, playing with friends and trying a wide variety of sports.
Today’s youth are much less likely to spend their time outdoors playing and exploring and much more likely to spend their time indoors playing computer games or watching television. The result is that children showing up in youth sport programs often lack the basic skills needed to be successful. Fundamental skills such as running, jumping, throwing, catching and sliding are underdeveloped. This means that we must change the way we coach.
Teaching basic movement and general sport skills is now an essential component of early sport programming. There’s little point in practicing break out drills if players can’t move, pass or control an object efficiently.
A growing number of sports have now embedded the development of fundamental skills into their developmental programs. For example, Skate Canada has its CanSkate program, Baseball has its Rally Cap and Athletics has its Run Jump Throw. All of these programs have a focus on developing movement and basic sport skills using fun activities and small sided games. Coaches of other sports need to creatively including the development of fundamental skills into their practices. The days where the warm-up consisted of 10 laps of the gym have disappeared from the progressive coach’s practice plan.
In addition to developing better athletes for your sport, who will become better players in the future, the development of all-round fundamental skills is a win for the individual and society. Physically literate individuals are more confident and more likely to be active throughout their lifetime. Further, they will reap many benefits in their everyday lives from having better balance on icy sidewalks to improved dance moves on a Saturday night.
MULTISPORTS SUMMER CAMP 2016
Offered by South East Sport for Life
boys and girls ages 7 - 12
South East Sports For Life is a not-for-profit cooperative comprising five local sport associations: South East Athletics (track & field), Greater Moncton Football Association, Codiac Soccer, Handball NB and Curl Moncton.
The cooperative was formed for the purpose of promoting Physical Literacy (PL) and Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) among children under 12 through the vehicle of various sports. We use a Teaching Games for Understanding approach with a non-competitive environment.
Greater Moncton Football Association
81 Centennial Park Drive (Rocky Stone Field) Moncton, NB, E1E 0G4
July 18th - 22nd from 8:00am - 4:30pm
7 (born 2009), 8 (born 2008), 9 (born 2007)
10 (born 2006), 11 (born 2005), 12 (born 2004)
- A variety of activities focusing on Physical Literacy and Fundamental Movement Skills
- Experienced educators and certified instructors from Track and Field, Curling, Football, Soccer, Team Handball, Tennis, Outdoor Play, and more!
- Healthy eating education with a Registered Dietitian
- A safe environment
- Healthy snacks and lunch provided
- 175$ for the week
How to Register?
Online via http://www.monctonfootball.ca/
Registration closing date is July 17, 2016
Register today as spaces are limited!
On March 18th, 2016, Lea Norris from Sport for Life visited us at the Multi Purpose Center in Shediac, NB. Throughout the day, we heard presentations from Cindy Levesque, NB physical literacy consultant, Michel Johnson, UdeM Professor, Sylvie Breau, coordinator of SPORT PLUS, and Lea Norris, director of engagement for Sport for Life. The day was filled with presentations about the what and why’s of physical literacy, physical literacy brought to life, implementation of physical literacy in programming, and finally the RBC Learn to Play grants were discussed. If you are unsure of what these grants are and project eligibility, click here to find out.
46 delegates gathered together to share project ideas, project stories, and they all worked together to develop some new ideas. This is a great example of a community coming together as a collective to create more opportunities for our children and developing a physically literate society.
Video: RBC Learn to Play Project
Come back soon for more information!
First Steps Towards a Physical Literacy National Strategy
On November 14th, sport leaders from National Sport Organizations and Multi Sport Organizations came together to build off the Physical Literacy Consensus Statement and discuss how to best align resources to create a physically literate Canada. Our goal is to unite in a common approach towards physical literacy. We ultimately want to empower community leaders, champions, teachers, coaches, parents, and others to advocate, train, educate, promote, and integrate concepts of physical literacy into our society.
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