Antigonish Multisport is a collaborative project for children in grades primary and 1, between 9 community sport organizations, 2 municipal recreation departments, with the support of numerous community sport stakeholders (local, provincial and national). Growing children through sport by providing opportunities to develop skills and confidence to enjoy the positive benefits of a quality, first experience.
Registration for our program happens here on SportHub. See the Programs page for available program opportunities.
Watch this video to learn more about the Multisport Program:
Registration will open in August 2022. Specific date to be announced after we finalize last details.
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We'd like to send a massive thank you to all of our volunteer organizations for making this program happen, it wouldn't be possible without your time and support!
SO we decided to do something about it...
We designed a program for children in the Active Start stage (5 and 6 year olds), rooted in 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. ~ International Physical Literacy Association
‘Physical literacy is crucial to the acquisition – by every child, youth and adult – of essential life skills which are an indispensable means for active participation in the societies and economies of the twenty-first century.’ ~ Dr Dean Kriellaars; Adapted from UNESCO
Research has shown that being physically active later in life depends on an individual’s ability to feel confident in an activity setting. That confidence most often comes from having learned fundamental movement and sport skills, or physical literacy, as a child. Research has also shown that without the development of physical literacy, many children and youth withdraw from physical activity and sport and turn to more inactive and/or unhealthy choices during their leisure time.
The development of fundamental movement skills and motor skills is critical to establishing the foundation for participation in many sports and physical activities. A child who has not had the opportunity to develop these basic motor skills experiences difficulties or barriers when participating in sport experiences, or later school-based programs that involve more difficult skills.
~ Physical and Health Education Canada
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Sport for Life (S4L) is a movement to improve the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada. S4L links sport, education, recreation and health and aligns community, provincial and national programming.
Kids who have fun playing a sport are more likely to stay active and healthy for their entire lifetime. They also have a better chance of becoming a top athlete. So make it fun, and make it quality!
Designed properly, children’s sport are fun and they provide exciting challenges and rich skill development.
S4L is a movement to make sport and activity better and more fun for our kids. The goal of S4L is to focus on the best interest of kids, and not on the goals of coaches or parents who simply want to win at all costs.
The three main outcomes of S4L are: Physical Literacy, Excellence, and Active for Life.
Physical Literacy is the concept that children need to learn how to move when they are in preschool and elementary school. Just like reading and writing, children need to learn how to properly move.
The idea behind physical literacy is this: if we give children the opportunity to do the right physical activities at the right time in their development, more of them will enjoy getting active and stay active. They will develop more confidence in their bodies and better sport skills.
To develop physical literacy, children need to learn fundamental movement skills, and fundamental sport skills. What’s more, they need to practice these fundamental skills for hundreds of hours in the playground, at school, in recreation programs, and within sport clubs before they reach puberty.
Children should acquire physical literacy in each of the four activity environments – land, water, air and snow and ice.
With physical literacy, the door opens to a world of opportunities in sport and physical activity.
~ Additional sources from: Changing the Game Project, USA Football and East Scarborough Multisport Collaborative
For more information to help parents give their children the right start in life through the development of physical literacy, check out our friends Active for Life.
Get More From Sport, an education campaign developed by Hockey Nova Scotia and Soccer Nova Scotia, with support from Sport Nova Scotia, has been designed to promote multi-sport play. The goal of the campaign is for every parent of an athlete aged 12 or under to visit this site, as you now have. See the evidence and read the facts. Take the test. Hear from sporting greats. See the movement. From there, parents will have the information to make the best decisions for their growing athletes. Hopefully, the grown-ups will worry less about the score, or the level, or “getting ahead,” and simply foster a love of sport that keeps children active for life.
Antigonish Multisport runs for 8 months (September to April) with a maximum of 60 children. For the 2022-23 season, the program is open to those born in 2016 and 2017. Sessions will run twice a week for 45 minutes each, with two groups of 30 children participating at a time.
Each lesson focuses on skill development through physical literacy and fun, setting the groundwork for a love of sport and an ‘I can play anything!’ attitude. Physical Literacy comes from developing a wide variety of fundamental movement skills such as running, throwing, catching and jumping. To develop these skills, our kids need to play different sport and activities from an early age – it’s a win-win!
All sessions will be facilitated by recreation program coordinators and delivered by volunteer community sport organizations. A partnership with StFX University’s Athletics Department allows for student-athletes to be role models in sport through assisting in program delivery.
Children will participate in and develop key fundamental movements skills in basketball, badminton, tennis, hockey, swimming, taekwondo, baseball, softball, gymnastics, athletics and soccer.
Athletic equipment will be provided by each community sport organization to use during their sport specific sessions – this equipment will not be taken home by participants but will be available for use each session. The only exception to this is hockey gear: if participants have their own or access to borrowed gear, they are encouraged to use it or gear will be ‘loaned out’ to participants that do not have access to gear. Arrangements for sizing, deposit, pick up and return will be made and will be communicated to parents through the email in the fall.