Learning to Move and Moving to Learn
The International Physical Literacy Association defines it as:
“The motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.”
First coined in the 1930s, Physical Literacy became a buzz word in sport in the early 2000s when governments across the world started to see that in terms of their physical competence, children today were less developed than their counterparts of generations gone by.
In these pages you will find fun and valuable knowledge about what Physical Literacy is, but most importantly, how to bring it to life for children you coach.
Credit: Sergio Lara-Bercial
Are you a builder or a gardener? In this carefully tendered blog, world-renowned conditioning coach Vern Gambetta offers his own view of whether to develop young athletes you need hammer and nails or soil and fertiliser.
In this very insightful blog, Paul Gamble cuts through the debates surrounding the concept of Long Term Athlete Development and provides much needed clarity and context to resolve some of the confusion. SInce the 'Why' is generally agreed upone, here Paul attempts to move things forward by finding shared ground and common principles to guide the 'what' and 'how' in relation to LTAD.
In this beyond cute video Sport Wales, the national sport council for Wales, explains in simple terms what Physical Literacy is and why it is important at all ages but specially in younger children to support the development of a lifelong love for sport and physical activity. Try to get through it without smiling. It is impossible!
Sports Coach UK and Sport Scotland have developed this great animation detailing the 'Youth Physical Development Model' and what this means for the development of 'Fundamental Movement Skills'.
Part of the new Coaching Children 4-workshop series developed by Sport Ireland Coaching and Leeds Beckett University, this 16-page factsheet contains highly applicable knowledge and coaching tips designed to help coaches understand and develop the Fundamentals of Movement.
Part of the new Coaching Children 4-workshop series developed by Sport Ireland Coaching and Leeds Beckett University, this 16-page factsheet contains highly applicable knowledge and coaching tips designed to help coaches understand what children want from sport and how to give it to them.