Physical Literacy

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Physical Literacy is a buzzword that has been floating around for a number of years now but you may still be wondering what it means:

“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.

The Elements of Physical Literacy
Motivation and Confidence (Affective): Motivation and confidence refers to an individual’s enthusiasm for, enjoyment of, and self-assurance in adopting physical activity as an integral part of life.

Physical Competence (Physical): Physical competence refers to an individual’s ability to develop movement skills and patterns, and the capacity to experience a variety of movement intensities and durations. Enhanced physical competence enables an individual to participate in a wide range of physical activities and settings.

Knowledge and Understanding (Cognitive): Knowledge and understanding includes the ability to identify and express the essential qualities that influence movement, understand the health benefits of an active lifestyle, and appreciate appropriate safety features associated with physical activity in a variety of settings and physical environments.

Engagement in Physical Activities for Life (Behavioural): Engagement in physical activities for life refers to an individual taking personal responsibility for physical literacy by freely choosing to be active on a regular basis. This involves prioritizing and sustaining involvement in a range of meaningful and personally challenging activities, as an integral part of one’s lifestyle.

More than a Buzzword
Physical Literacy is more than a trend or a buzzword to the Program Attendants at the Family Leisure Centre.  It is a guiding principle and a framework through which we evaluate the programs and activities we offer to our residents.  The Recreation Programming Coordinator sits on the P.L.A.Y Group (Physical Literacy and You Medicine Hat), and at the very least, our Program Attendants are certified in Fundamental Movement Skills – which aims to develop the physical competence element of Physical Literacy. 

The Family Leisure Centre aims to incorporate low- or no-cost programs into our offerings so that our community can enhance its physical literacy.  Be sure to check out the following programs:

Tot Time
Ages 0-6
No Charge for Tots 2 & under or adult. Regular facility admission applies for ages 3 & up. 

Roving Gyms
Ages 0-6
No Charge

Preschool PLAYbook
Ages 3-6
Join us for this developmentally supercharged program where Physical Literacy and Early Literacy collide. Children will gain confidence and competence in "Fundamental Movement Skills" as defined in the Canadian Sport for Life Active Start model and develop important pre-reading skills while enjoying stories, songs, and rhymes. Children must attend with a parent or other adult caregiver.
No Charge

Girls on the Move
Females aged 7-12
Girls on the Move provides an opportunity for girls aged 7-12 to be physically active in an environment that is positive, barrier free, and exposes girls to new activities they may never have tried.  The program is free.
No Charge

Busy Boys
Males aged 7-12
Busy Boys provides a free opportunity for boys in Grades 4 to 6 to be physically active in an environment that aims to develop confidence, resiliency and physical literacy skills by introducing boys to new activities focusing on teamwork and peer to peer interaction to keep both body and mind strong.
No Charge

Leaders in Progress
Ages 13-17
The Leaders in Progress program at the Family Leisure Centre helps youth develop leadership skills and gain valuable experience in the realm of recreation.  A Leader in Progress is expected to:

  • Meet once per month (pre-designated dates and times) with a City of Medicine Hat Recreation Program Attendant and/or Recreation Program Coordinator to guide planning of youth or family theme nights (must attend at least 80% of the meetings in order to pass the program)
  • Commit to attending and volunteering for at least two of the theme nights noted above
  • Commit a minimum of 8 hours volunteering at City of Medicine Hat programs, including but not limited to:
    • Halloween
    • Holiday and Summer Day Camps
    • New Year's Eve Fest
    • Jam Pail Bonspiel
    • Family Day Fest

Leaders in Progress will receive a special edition Family Leisure Centre t-shirt along with a certificate upon completion of the program.

$24 per participant