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Physical Literacy

Helping children and youth to become physically literate.

Physical literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge, and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life (International Physical Literacy Association, 2014).

Why is Physical Literacy important?

Movement is fundamental to health and development. It may seem obvious, but children need to learn how to walk before they can run. Many children fall behind in learning basic movement skills for a number of reasons. Physical literacy training returns to the basics, helps make learning movement fun and meaningful, and promotes feelings of success, self-esteem and accomplishment. These skills will motivate and empower youth to build positive connections to movement for their whole life.

Why the YMCA invests in Physical Literacy?

The YMCA is striving to provide the best opportunities for children and youth to be active in a fun and safe environment.

We know that with today’s demands on families it is becoming increasingly difficult to be active. To develop a lifelong love of physical activity and well-being, the YMCA has committed to help children and youth become physically literate. People who are physically literate have the competence, confidence and motivation to enjoy a variety of sports and physical activities which means they are more likely to stay active as they grow. To this end the YMCA is aligning with the Sport for Life framework for long term athletic development focusing on Active Start, FUNdamentals and Learn to Train.

How is the YMCA involved?

YMCAs across Canada are integrating physical literacy into programming to ensure people have all the tools they need to live active, healthy lives. The concept of physical literacy naturally aligns with the work of the YMCA. We are intentionally embedding physical literacy philosophy, concepts and language into children’s programming, aligning our programs with the Sport For Life framework.

In addition, the YMCA of Three Rivers is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all employees and participants as outlined in the YMCA Concussion Policy.

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