by Louise Hodgson-Jones
February 18, 2014, Victoria (ISN) – Children and youth in Victoria are now benefiting from three new physical literacy programs run by PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence) thanks to support from Canadian Sport for Life Community Connections.
Sponsored by the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, Community Connections initiatives seek to improve the quality of sport and physical literacy opportunities in communities, by bringing together health, recreation and sport organizations using collective impact / community development principles, and advancing the Canadian Sport for Life model.
Four pilot projects were announced last month at the 2014 Canadian Sport for Life national summit; five more projects are expected, and will test the Canadian Sport for Life model in communities for the long-term benefit of children and adults by creating better quality sport programs.
In Victoria the $15,000 funding will go towards four initiatives:
- A physical literacy program for children 2-5 years of age in the Early Childhood Intervention program at the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health
- A physical education / teacher mentorship program for 170 children at Lau Welnew Tribal School
- An after school program for aboriginal children & youth at Songhees Wellness Centre
- Advancing fundamental movement skill assessment training to front line staff
“PISE believes in physical literacy for all and purposefully targets populations that do not currently have access to fundamental physical activity programs in our community,” says Kelly Graham, Physical Literacy Coordinator at PISE. “Grants like these enable us to tailor programs to fit the need of specialized groups, and work towards the goal of physical literacy opportunities for all children in Victoria.”
“Working together is the only way we will reverse the downward trend of physical activity and health in our country, and I believe that the Canadian Sport for Life Community Connections project lays the foundation for all Canadians to become active for life,” explains Lea Norris, Canadian Sport for Life. “It is our hope that these diverse projects will inspire communities across Canada to come together around physical literacy.”