Physical Literacy: ABCs for Active Living

What is Physical Literacy?Kids who do activities like gymnastics are able to learn a diverse set of fundamental movement skills

Physical literacy is just as important as the ability to read and write. The first step on the lifelong journey of physical literacy development is mastering fundamental movement skills – the ABC’s of movement. Individuals that develop a diverse movement vocabulary have the tools to choose to be active in a variety of settings, are less likely to be injured while active, and have the resiliency to recover from injury more quickly. Fewer than half of all Canadians are active enough – physical literacy is the vaccine for inactivity! Physical literacy skills may be developed by people of all ages and abilities. Learn more about what it means to be Active for Life.

Definition of 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.

                                                                                                                                                          International Physical Literacy Association, May, 2014

The Central East Physical Literacy Project

The KLSRC is a proud member of the Central East Physical Literacy Project (CEPLP). The CEPLP was created by a collaborative leadership team consisting of several agencies from the City and County of Peterborough, the City of Kawartha Lakes, and Northumberland County, with representation from the sport and recreation, education, health and community service sectors. CEPLP aims to provide education and training to leaders in these various sectors that will enable them to align their programs with the principles of physical literacy, thereby creating communities that are healthier and residents that are active for life. Thanks to a generous grant from the RBC Learn to Play Project, the Central East Physical Literacy Summit 2016, follow-up leader training and community education sessions will be provided for community stakeholders. Contact us to learn more about this project and check out the video and links below to learn more about physical literacy.


Resources: Physical Literacy Links for Parents and Families

Resources: Physical Literacy Links for Coaches and Providers