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Children's Recreational Programs

Physical Literacy Programming

What is 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

What are Fundamental Movement Skills and Fundamental Sport Skills?
Fundamental movement skills are basic movements such as throwing, kicking, running, jumping, hopping and catching.  Fundamental sport skills are these movement skills applied to a sport situation: for example, kicking a soccer ball, running a sprint, jumping up for a basketball rebound, catching a baseball.
Canadian Sport for Life
Why is the YMCA implementing this into sports programs?
The focus of physical literacy and bringing this to our programs is to encourage the participants to challenge themselves with skills that are not only necessary for sports but for everyday life. We want to provide an environment where participants can learn new skills, build off existing ones, create confidence in their ability to move, and provide inspiration to be active for life. 
What Programs are utilizing physical literacy?
We are integrating the principles of physical literacy into all of the active programs we can, however Soccer, Ball Hockey and Basketball have been reprogrammed to follow physical literacy principles exclusively.
Preschool Active & Creative Play
(2-5 years)
Preschool program with both an active and creative component following a different theme each week.
Art for Kids
(6-8 and 9-12 years)
Make crafts using various art forms such as painting, sculpting, origami, paper mache.
Kundalini Yoga for Kids
(6-12 years)
Learn to enjoy a mind, body and breath connection through the Yoga of Awareness using free spirited yoga play.

Ball Hockey

This program focus on developing physical literacy floor hockey skills at a young age. Participants will participate in many fun activities that promote positive movement and help the kids create a movement vocabulary while learning the fundamental hockey skills such as passing, shooting and ball handling.

London Lightning Basketball: Freshman & Junior (8-12 years)
The YMCA London Lightning Basketball Leagues provide players with an opportunity to improve their fundamental skills and develop their basketball potential. Take your game to new levels, have fun and learn from experienced coaches. 

Snack Attack

Children will create a new tasty creation each week with a focus on healthy eating and cooking skills.

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