As the 100,000 Canadian Sport for Life Champions campaign continues we are looking at new ways to inspire individuals to take action in their community. At this year's CS4L National Summit we will be launching the CS4L Messenger Program. The Messenger Program involves Champions, such as yourself, presenting to individuals, organizations or groups in your community about Canadian Sport for Life.
At the Summit we will be hosting Messenger Training sessions, which will provide you with all the tools, tips and tricks on how to deliver effective presentations on CS4L and physical literacy.
I was just reading Alina Tugend's essay "In a Data-Heavy Society, Being Defined by the Numbers" in the NY Times. It reminded me that one of the responsibilities I've taken on within the CS4L Leadership Team is work on evaluation, including the development of the "NSO Scorecard", an Excel-based descriptive rating scale that allows National Sport Organizations (and soon, provincial and community sport organizations) to self-evaluate their progress in CS4L/LTAD implementation.
Tugend makes the point that we are conditioned to mindlessly rely on numbers as indicators of success and value. How many hits did it get? How many friend requests? How many horsepower does it put out? How many medals did we win?
With school upon us, parents and families are also gearing up for a new sport season – registration nights, assessments, tryouts, new equipment, new coaches and teammates. Now is the time to examine the programs and teams your child is a part of and maybe try out some new things!
When examining sport programs and teams there are a few key areas to look at:
We would like to personally welcome you to the new Canadian Sport for Life website and now the new CS4L Blog. Over the past year together we have all made some big leaps in the CS4L movement. We have had the opportunity, with the support of B2Ten to start building the movement from “the bottom up” with our Actif pour la Vie / Active for Life initiative, we have entered the next phase of the movement – Phase 3: implementation, and we now have refreshed our website to make it more user friendly and are entering the world of social media with our Twitter account, Facebook page and now the blog.
The CS4L Blog will be an area for CS4L Champions – you – to interact with and learn from the Leadership Team as we talk about the great work that is happening in Canada, and around the world, and delve into our areas of expertise and hot button topics.