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October 26, 2012, Victoria, BC – The Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE) is now delivering physical literacy programs in two Saanich schools – Tillicum Community School and Craigflower Elementary School – and in The Cridge Centre for the Family. These programs are in collaboration with the B.C. Government’s After School Sports Initiative (ASSI), Saanich Parks and Recreation, and the Victoria Foundation.

The programs cover a wide range of games and sports that help kids learn and practice their fundamental movement and sports skills. At Tillicum School physical literacy is delivered to children in Grades 1 – 5 and runs Mondays to Thursdays from 2:45 pm – 4:45 pm. At Craigflower Elementary the program runs during school hours as well as after school. The in-school delivery, funded by the Victoria Foundation, is Monday and Thursday afternoons for Kindergarten to Grade 3 – with four 30-minute classes. The after-school delivery, for all grades and supported by Saanich Parks and Recreation and the Canadian Jumpstart Program, is Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45 pm – 4:30 pm.

The Cridge Centre for the Family program is a continuation of the highly successful pilot program that ran in the spring, which taught basic skills such as running, jumping, throwing, catching and kicking. Funded by the Victoria Foundation, playschool groups – four groups of 20 kids from 2-4 years – have sessions on Mondays from 9:00 am – 11:00 am. Twenty kids from school groups from Kindergarten to Grades 2 are taught on Tuesdays from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Two PISE staff and one Saanich Education Assistant deliver the after school programs. “With the support from Saanich Parks and Recreation, we were able to expand the program at Tillicum in April and it was a great success,” says Andie Pask, Physical Literacy Coordinator at PISE. “With a 98% aboriginal population Craigflower is deemed 100% at risk, so we are pleased to deliver a similar program there too. We want the kids to feel that they are important and have a say in how the day is shaped. We really believe in “active coaching” where the children learn as they play, and we provide feedback throughout the day to help them along.”