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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 are growing and developing their bodies and minds. They are building their balance and coordination, and learning new movements, such as walking, running, jumping, catching, throwing and swimming. They are learning through play with others, alone and by exploring and interacting with the world around them. Physical activity and being outdoors in nature are both key to their development.

Physical Literacy includes building basic movement skills, such as hopping, balancing, running, throwing, catching. This leads to other sport skills, and practicing these in various situations, in a variety of environments: ground, water, snow, ice and air.

Having opportunities to increase physical literacy in children will build their confidence and competence and will result in;

  • Better learning in school,
  • Better mental and emotional wellbeing,
  • Improved social skills,
  • Improved physical health and fitness,
  • Healthier habits,
  • Being on a path to becoming active for life.

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