Physical Literacy

The International Physical Literacy Association defines Physical Literacy as “The motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.”

- Whitehead, 2014

Physical Literacy has been a growing trend that HIGH FIVE® has been involved with since 2008 through its alignment with Sport for Life (S4L-formerly Canadian Sport for Life) and other organizations such as Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada) and Active for Life. To achieve shared goals of strong health and lifelong participation, it is important to ensure that sport and recreation experiences meet the physical and emotional needs of Canadian children.

HIGH FIVE has worked cooperatively with S4L and others to provide HIGH FIVE Trainers and participants the latest research on children’s physical needs to develop physical literacy, which also helps to prevent injuries. This gives those working directly with children the knowledge needed to design children’s programs with physical literacy in mind since research has shown that these skills are best taught before the age of 12 or onset of puberty.

“We believe every child is born a little athlete, therefore S4L outlines a pathway for long-term athlete development with two goals; firstly, lifelong participation in sport and physical activity and secondly, the proper development to allow Canadians to excel in sport. CS4L is designed to support parents in understanding what they need to consider in helping their child to enjoy being active for life and supports HIGH FIVE in creating the best way for children to play” - Richard Way, S4L Expert Group

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