Physical Literacy (PL) Development
What We Do:
The Mackenzie Recreation Association (MRA) is pleased to provide funding for community recreation leaders or volunteers who wish to participate in physical literacy professional development and training courses. The purpose is to build local capacity and expertise in order to provide quality recreation services to our communities. Through our partnerships, we have help to offer training in this area and are planning to offer more in the future. Some of the possible training opportunities include:
Fundamental Movement Skills: recreation leaders, coaches, parents, teachers
Physical Literacy Programs: Active Start, FUNdamentals, Learn to Train
HIGH FIVE: PHCD, Strengthening Children's Mental Health, Healthy Minds for Healthy Children, etc
Conferences & Educational / Advocacy Opportunities
Physical literacy educational opportunities and conferences occur multiple times a year. The MRA hosts two board meetings a year (one in spring and one in the fall) where we try to have a physical literacy education/training component. Additionally, the MRA advocates for physical literacy in our communities through information sessions across various sectors, at a variety of regional events, and through attendance or support of regional, national, international physical literacy conferences.
Through these conferences we hope to build up knowledge and education about physical literacy and develop methods to bring it to the communities.
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Why Do We Do It?
What is Physical Literacy?
"Physical literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life."
- The International Physical Literacy Association, May 2014
Children who are physically skilled often enjoy healthy play, while the less skilled are often left out. This creates a vicious cycle; those with the skills will play, and through that play they will further develop their fitness, skill, and confidence. In contrast, those who are less skilled play less and have fewer opportunities to refine and develop their skills. As a result, they fall further and further behind their skilled peers. Eventually many of the less skilled children stop trying and withdraw from physical activities. Having a firm understanding of physical literacy and the fundamental movement skills leads a child to be active for life and is essential for the health (physical, mental, emotional) of our communities.