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Physical  Literacy And You


About Us

What We’re All About

Health, happiness, and wellness. Learn to P.L.A.Y. is a one of a kind multi-sport program designed to help youth in grades 4-8 gain the skills, confidence, and motivation to be active for life! This one of a kind program is a first for Northumberland county. Carrie and Molly will use an evidence-based approach to monitor the development of various physical literacy skills over the course of 12 sessions.

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What is Physical Literacy?

Physical Literacy can be best understood as a framework that takes a whole-child approach to physical activity and education. When a child's social, emotional, physical and spiritual self is taken into account, children and youth are more likely to enjoy their time spent being active and therefore lead a healthier, happier life.



When coaches use a physical literacy framework, we purposefully help youth build positive attitudes about one's ability to participate in sport and physical activities, alone, in a group, at school, at home or even in an organized sport!


Youth can not create a positive attitude towards physical activity unless they have the physical competence (or the ability) to participate in those activities. Learn to P.L.A.Y will help participants gain the skills necessary to participate in a wide range of activities in multiple different environments.

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When children and youth are confident in their ability to participate in a sport or physical activity, they are often more intrinsically motivated to play more, sit less, and try new sports and physical activities! This is because they have fun and have the knowledge and understanding that participating in physical activity is important for maintaining physical and mental health!


As children and youth become more confident, competent, and motivated to be physically active, they will continue to try new activities, therefore meet new people, and gain a greater perspective for the world and community they live, learn and play in.

Research in the area of physical literacy tells us that when a person is physically literate they are more likely to be active for life! And who doesn't want that?

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Community Partners

RBC Future Launch Community Challenge

The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge is hosted by Community Foundations of Canada and the Campbellford Seymour Community Foundation. Learn to P.L.A.Y is made possible thanks to a $5,000.00 donation from RBC Foundation. It is part of RBC Future Launch, a commitment by RBC and the RBC Foundation to empower Canadian youth for the jobs of tomorrow.

Municipality of Trent Hills

The Municipality of Trent Hills is a small rural community of 12,900 people North East of Toronto and is made up of three smaller communities, Hastings, Campbellford, and Warkworth. Trent Hills is one of seven municipalities within the greater Northumberland County. The Learn to P.L.A.Y program will be hosted out of the Hastings Field House and will utilize the multi-use recreation facility featuring a 200m indoor track, sports court, and indoor sports field and is implemented by the Municipality of Trent Hills.

Northumberland Sports Council

The Northumberland Sports Council is a network of organizations working together to advocate and promote a healthy, active and physically literate Northumberland County by sharing knowledge, support, and resources.

Strategic Directions:

Engage: Ensure partners and community members all across the County are engaged.

Physical Literacy: Promote the understanding and awareness of Physical Literacy for Life.

Network: Grow and strengthen the Northumberland Sports Council network across a variety of sectors.

Exchange of Knowledge: Facilitate and encourage the exchange of knowledge and expertise in the Northumberland community.


Covid -19 Update

Dates are subject to change based on Covid-19 restrictions.

However we encourage your to register now so your spot will be reserved for when the program starts. Payment for registration will be accepted in person on the first day of the program, regardless of the start date. This is a grant-based program and therefore it will happen when facility restrictions and social isolation protocols are lifted.


Learn to P.L.A.Y Schedule

  • Learn to P.L.A.Y Week 6 Kicking
    Tue, Jun 09
    Hastings Field House
    Jun 09, 2020, 5:45 PM – Jun 11, 2020, 7:00 PM
    Hastings Field House, 97 Elgin St, Hastings, ON K0L 1Y0, Canada
    We are going to end off the Learn to P.L.A.Y program with kicking! It is crucial for our participants to feel confident in their ability to manipulate an object and therefore send and receive different pieces of equipment. We are also going to end off with a special surprise on June 11!
  • Learn to P.L.A.Y Week 5 Locomotor
    Tue, Jun 02
    Hastings Field House
    Jun 02, 2020, 5:45 PM – Jun 04, 2020, 7:00 PM
    Hastings Field House, 97 Elgin St, Hastings, ON K0L 1Y0, Canada
    Locomotor refers to all the different styles of moving your feet! This includes movements on land, snow and ice, and in water (e.g., run, walk, wheel, swim, slide, skate). As our participants increase the number of ways they can move they will gain confidence in their abilities!
  • Learn to P.L.A.Y Week 4 Jumping
    Tue, May 26
    Hastings Field House
    May 26, 2020, 5:45 PM – May 28, 2020, 7:00 PM
    Hastings Field House, 97 Elgin St, Hastings, ON K0L 1Y0, Canada
    Developing physical literacy in aerial environments will get our participants to focus on several fundamental movement skills including: balance, agility, flexibility, coordination, and spatial orientation! When youth jump (and land properly) they can decrease their chance of injury!
  • Learn to P.L.A.Y Week 3 Para Sport / International Sport
    Tue, May 19
    Hastings Field House
    May 19, 2020, 5:45 PM – May 21, 2020, 7:00 PM
    Hastings Field House , 97 Elgin St, Hastings, ON K0L 1Y0
    In order for our participants to develop their physical literacy they need to use the FUNdamental movement skills in a wide range of environments and contexts. Learning how to play different Para Sports will also help our participants empathize and advocate for the needs of all their peers.
  • Learn to P.L.A.Y Week 2 Balance
    Tue, May 12
    Hastings Field House
    May 12, 2020, 5:45 PM – May 14, 2020, 7:00 PM
    Hastings Field House , 97 Elgin St, Hastings, ON K0L 1Y0
    Balance is an essential element to any sport or physical activity, and most of our everyday movements! Although balance will be incorporated into most of our activities, we will set aside a week to dedicate the development of symmetrical balance.
  • Learn to P.L.A.Y Week 1 Throwing
    Tue, May 05
    Hastings Field House
    May 05, 2020, 5:45 PM – May 07, 2020, 7:00 PM
    Hastings Field House , 97 Elgin St, Hastings, ON K0L 1Y0
    We are starting off the Learn to P.L.A.Y program with learning how to throw with both our left and right hands! We are going to push our participants out of their comfort zones! If you can throw you can play... soccer, baseball, softball, bowling, goal ball, football, rugby and so much more!

Contact Us

97 Elgin St, Hastings, ON K0L 1Y0, Canada

(705) 696-2252


(705) 696-2252

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