Photo courtesy City of Richmond
Richmond is taking physical literacy to the streets this summer.
The city’s Physical Literacy Street Team will be attending several local events thanks to funding from The Association for International Sport for All (TAFISA), which gave the city a $3,000 grant.
“We are honoured to be selected for funding through TAFISA’s Take Back your Streets–Take Back Your Future program,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “This program is designed to promote inclusive and accessible physical activity opportunities for all within urban settings. This partnership with TAFISA provides the opportunity to enhance the work Richmond is already doing to promote physical activity for children and youth.”
The goal of the Richmond Physical Literacy Street Team is to promote opportunities for children to develop the fundamental movement skills they need to be confident in participating in physical activity and sport throughout their lives.
Fundamental movement skills are often perceived as something children will naturally develop. However, research suggests that children need the opportunity to partake in a wide variety of games and activities to develop fundamental movement skills such as kicking, throwing, running, jumping and balancing. Children who are given this opportunity are more likely to have the skills and confidence to participate in physical activities for the rest of their lives.
This summer’s grant-supported events include:
July 28, August 4 and 18: South Arm Outdoor Pool
July 30: Tim Horton’s Day – Free Swim, noon to 4 p.m. at South Arm Outdoor Pool
Aug. 9: Cambie Summer Fun Night, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at King George Park
Aug. 16: Cambie Summer Fun Night, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at King George Park
Aug. 27: Arenas Aquatics Open House, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Richmond Ice Centre and Watermania
Aug. 30: Summer West Fest, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at West Richmond Community Centre
Sept. 1 and 2: Richmond World Festival, Minoru Park
Members of the Physical Literacy Street Team will also be at the Minoru Park Playground on July 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 from 10 a.m. to noon. Families are encouraged to meet the Richmond Physical Activity Street Team and learn more about physical literacy at the community events listed.
Find more information on physical literacy at www.richmond.ca/physicalliteracy.