A pathway to physical literacy
The City of Markham is one of a select number of communities across the province awarded the Ontario Sport and Recreation Community Fund and RBC Learn to Play grants to get active, help reduce childhood obesity and help our youth lead healthier lifestyles.
Using physical literacy as a foundation for quality sport and recreation programs, Markham in Motion will create opportunities to foster the development of all children and youth. The Markham in Motion working group includes education, public health, recreation, and local sport organizations. By linking these stakeholders Markham in Motion will strengthen the community and improve the quality of sport and physical activity for all residents.
Children Need To Be Taught Movement Skills!
Give your child the best start in school, sport and life with City of Markham Recreation programs. Our programs have been designed to be an integral part of an active life; and they deliver a quality physical literacy experience. We provide high-quality learning environments on land, in water and on ice that offer encouragement, lots of opportunity to play and practice – and most importantly FUN!
Look for the jumping “M” symbol in the programming section of Markham Life magazine for programs that develop fundamental movement skills and promote physical literacy.
On June 13th the City of Markham Council voted to endorse the following:
- Recognizes the importance of physical literacy for all residents of the City of Markham.
- Believes all children and youth should have the opportunity to master fundamental movement skills and develop physical literacy through quality active programming in the City of Markham;
- Supports opportunities for all residents to develop physical literacy and maintain healthy active lifestyles.
- That Clerks Department forward this statement of endorsement to the York District School Board, York District Catholic School Board and the Region of York for their consideration as support for Physical Literacy in our community; and further,
- That Staff be authorized and directed to do all things necessary to give effect to this resolution.
What We’ve Done So Far
To date, the working group has offered a number of workshops on physical literacy, trained over 300 people on the integration of physical literacy principles into programming, attended summits and distributed educational material to parents.
All City of Markham of recreation programs listed in Markham Life have been identified as PL enhanced denoted by the jumping “M” logo.