Community Physical Literacy

Evaluation of the Physical Literacy for Communities Project

What is this study about?

Physical literacy – defined as the competence, confidence, motivation, positive affect, and knowledge to be physically active – is a gateway to greater participation in physical activity. The Physical Literacy for Communities (PLC) project was created “to deliver sustainable physical literacy programming and improve the health and achievements of their citizens” (http://sportforlife.ca/physical-literacy-communities-welcomes-four-new-projects/). The focus of the PLC project is to improve delivery of the school curriculum by building the capacity of the teachers to deliver a better physical education program as well as integrating more physical activity over the whole school day.

The PLC project is currently underway in three different communities: South Surrey/White Rock, BC; Hamilton, ON; and Sudbury, ON. The program began in the Fall of 2017 and targets all children ages 7-9 years (grades 2 to 3) at participating schools. The PLC project will be run for 3 years in Sudbury and Hamilton, and for 5 years in South Surrey/White Rock.

 

What did we do?

We wish to conduct a longitudinal, cohort study to evaluate the PLC project, specifically to determine if participation in the PLC project improves physical literacy and perception of one’s physical literacy.

Approximately 600 children have completed baseline physical literacy assessments. Children will complete the same assessments at the end of the school year (June, 2019) and then again twice each year (beginning and end of school year) throughout the remainder of the study.

 

What did we find?

Please check back for study results.