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Physical Literacy

About Physical Literacy

About Physical Literacy
jumpingPhysical Literacy Definition
"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.

Goal of the Physical Literacy Initiative
Every child in Richmond from 2-12 years old will have the opportunity to develop both physical literacy and games literacy.

Physical Literacy Myth
“Not all children will automatically become physically literate and acquire the skills needed to participate in a variety of games and sports. Although, some children will seek out and develop some of their skills on their own from the opportunities provided to them, many are not provided those same opportunities, most likely resulting in stopping their physical activities when they are no longer able to keep up”.

Fundamental Movement Skills
Fundamental Movement Skills are basic movement skills taught through games and activities that engage children and motivate them to continue in an activity. While these basic skills are fun in nature, they also serve the purpose of teaching the essential skills required as a foundation for more complex physical activities and sports. It is important that all children develop a good base of these skills before puberty to optimize both future performance and lifelong activity.

We’re currently promoting 25 Fundamental Movement Skills, which children can learn, develop and practice at City of Richmond facilities. The movement skills are:

tickmark Balancing
tickmark Swimming
tickmark Jumping for distance
tickmark Climbing tickmark Skating tickmark Jumping for height
tickmark Running tickmark Throwing tickmark Rhythmic movement
tickmark Skipping
tickmark Dodging tickmark Trapping with implement
tickmark Landing tickmark Hopping tickmark Trapping with feet/body
tickmark Rotating
tickmark Walking
tickmark Tumbling Cycling
tickmark Catching tickmark Dribbling
tickmark Striking with implement
tickmark Kicking
tickmark Sliding
tickmark Striking with hand
tickmark Cycling

Richmond Sport for Life Strategy
Physical LiteracyThe Richmond Sport for Life Strategy mandates a new direction in the goals and visions of Richmond’s community-based activity programs. The vision of the strategy is:

“All Richmond residents have access to a full range of opportunities to experience the passion and joy of participating in sport and physical activity.”

It envisions the community of Richmond as a Sport For Life model for Canada and the world.

“Every individual in Richmond, regardless of age, will be physically literate and have the fundamental movement and sport performance skills to enjoy sport and physical activity to the best of their ability.”

The Sport for Life Strategy identifies three strategic goals:

1. Physical Literacy
2. Leadership and Community Involvement
3. Healthiest and Most Active Community

In order to achieve these goals, the Richmond Sport for Life Strategy is built upon the philosophy and framework of the Canadian Sport for Life Long Team Athlete Development (LTAD) model.

Find out more about Active For Life and Physical Literacy by visiting the Resource page.