$519,000 Grant Helps Physical Literacy Action Plan For Chatham-Kent

The YMCA of Southwestern Ontario is thrilled to announce that the YMCA is the recipient of the Ontario Trillium Foundation Grow Grant of $519,400 for the Physical Literacy Action Plan for Chatham-Kent. All partners are working together, with the support of this grant, over a 36-month period. This strategy aims to build a multi-sectorial alliance of community stakeholders from partners in health, education, sports and recreation.

The long-term goals of the project will aim to:

  • Create a community where people understand, value and develop physical literacy and participate in
    physical activity that supports their well-being, and
  • Create a community where parents, teachers, coaches, and practitioners are informed, trained, and
    supported in delivering quality physical literacy experiences for children and youth.
  • “I’m excited about this initiative and its goal of promoting physical activities for our local young people,” says Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey. “It’s very rewarding to see the YMCA and its partners joining together to encourage more active lifestyles in our communities.”

    Physical literacy is more formally defined as the “motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.”

    Physical inactivity is linked with a number of chronic diseases and conditions including obesity and heart disease. In Chatham-Kent over 60% of adults and 40% of youth are overweight/obese, 49% of people age 12+ report being physically inactive, and many rates of chronic disease and related deaths are higher than the provincial average. These significant gaps in local health status require a physical literacy approach to increase movement ability and confidence for lifelong participation in physical activity. By building capacity of those working with children and youth in Chatham-Kent, this project will assist all sectors to deliver quality physical literacy experiences which positively influences the early development of youth, and set children on the path to a healthy and successful future.

    The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded more than $100 million to some 629 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.

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    Liz Durden-Myers 8 months

    Fantastic to hear of such an investment to promote physical literacy. Please get into contact with the International Physical Literacy Association we would love to support you in this endeavour. 

    Liz Durden-Myers
    Chair IPLA

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    Margaret Whitehead 8 months

    As President of the International Physical Literacy Association I am thrilled to read about the grant you have received and the project you have identified.

    I would be most interested to hear of your work and developments.

    Every good wish

    Margaret Whitehead

    (PS My second book – Physical Literacy across the World may be of interest to you.

    It is published by Routledge and is due out on June 21st 2019)