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Active Communities - a place to Live, Work and Play

Active Communities - a place to Live, Work and Play

The sense of community that was once an integral part of our lives is much less prevalent today. Our fast paced, technologically advanced society has resulted in an increase in isolation and detachment from our communities, and an increase in social and mental health issues.

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Setting the Stage: The Importance of Good Role Models

Setting the Stage: The Importance of Good Role Models

We can all agree that it is important for children to be physically active and that there are many benefits to leading a healthy and physically active life – but is it good enough for our children to be active, while we watch from the sidelines?

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Learning to Move and Moving to Learn - Physical Literacy at School

Learning to Move and Moving to Learn - Physical Literacy at School

We know that learning to move, through the development of fundamental movement skills and exploration of movement in various environments, helps us to develop physical literacy – but did you know that movement can help improve academic performance?

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Risky Play - Worth the Risk?

Risky Play - Worth the Risk?

We live in a society where “hyper-parenting” or “helicopter parenting” is becoming more prevalent. This style of parenting is seen as a way to protect children and lower their risk of injury and other incidents... but what if we are actually hindering their development and increasing their risk of injury and disease as they age?

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Active Today, Active for Life

When it comes to leading a physically active lifestyle, the benefits are endless and the messages often seem simple, find something you like to do and you will be more likely to do it. However, when it comes to physical activity levels, statistics repeatedly report low levels of activity in children, youth, adulthood and into older adulthood. Physical activity will serve different purposes for us all at different ages and phases in our life but the importance and value it has remain high throughout the lifespan.

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Become a Better Hockey Player . . . Play more Soccer?

Hockey is not just a sport in Canada; it is a part of our culture. Many young Canadian children aspire to be the next “great one” of the sport and many parents support this dream by enrolling their child(ren) in their local community hockey program and then often supplement with more hockey in the spring and summer months to ensure they are getting the best chance to become an excellent hockey player. What if I told you that playing less hockey and participating in other activities and sports can actually have a greater effect on performance in hockey than... more hockey?

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Giving Children an Active Start

Developing physical literacy is an essential part of healthy child development. Children who are exposed to a multitude of movement experiences in a variety of environments are more confident and competent movers, thus giving them a greater chance of remaining active throughout their lifespan. The first five years of a child’s life are the most important in terms of development as the brain is busy growing and creating neural connections with each new experience. The more a child moves their body in different ways, the more connections that are created and the more that child explores those movements, the stronger those connections become building a strong foundation for future learning and development.

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Connecting Physical Literacy and Nature

When we talk about physical literacy, we are not just talking about the physical act of learning how to move, we also need to consider what motivates us to move. How do we develop a love for movement that will keep us coming back for more?

One easy way to do this is to simply spend time outdoors! Exploring nature’s playground is a great way to help children develop physical literacy – there are plenty of things to climb, balance on, hop over and lots of open space to run and get that heart pumping and feeling good.

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What are Fundamental Movement Skills?

Fundamental movement skills are the building blocks of teaching and learning movement. Just as learning the A-B-C’s and 1-2-3’s allow us to read, write and count, developing fundamental movement skills help build the foundation that will allow us to move with competence and confidence, giving us more opportunities to stay healthy and physically active throughout the lifespan.

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Introducing the team behind Village Kids

Introducing the team behind Village Kids

As the newest division of Village Sports, Village Kids provides innovative, convenient and quality wellness programs and experiences through sport and physical activity, specifically to youth under the age of twelve. We want children, youth and their families to be active, resilient and connected. Village Sports provides the tools for children and youth to reach their full potential in sport and in life.

We want to introduce you to the team behind VIllage Kids. Ashley Fox (Manager, Wellness and Community Programs) and Lea Wiens (Manager, Wellness and Community Development). Ashley and Lea have years of experience in the area of sport and physical literacy, and there are stil often times as parents themselves, feel they don't have it all figured out - the daily struggle to be 'not the worst parent' is real! Parents are under so much pressure these days to be perfect, raise perfect kids and be a stellar role model at all times. We are here to tell you that none of us are perfect, and that is a-ok. 

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Athlete Highlight: Wyatt Pisarczyk

Athlete Highlight: Wyatt Pisarczyk

Wyatt Pisarczyk is a Global Sport Academy student-athlete in our Airdrie program. We talked with Wyatt to learn more about his experience, what drives him and what his goals for the future are:

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Guest Blogger: HONE Athletics - Supporting Your Athletes’ Mental Health

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Supporting Your Athletes' Mental Health

There has been enormous progress made in the athletic community in understanding the impact of individual well-being.  Over the past eight years we have been encouraged to see organizations and teams invite mental health into their programming.

We have also become increasingly aware of a desire to 'flag' individual athletes when they are struggling or feeling mentally unwell.

While providing support for individuals will always be important, there’s actually another way that coaches can be of service to their athletes’ mental health.

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Student Series: How to set and achieve your goals

Student Series: How to set and achieve your goals

Exploring the world of goal setting and achievement can be an arduous task with so many unique opinions and approaches. Student athletes are influenced daily with themes related to goal setting, planning, motivation, and expectation. The “X-Factor”, with all of the above is finding an approach and strategy that is personalized, achievable and symbiotic within a student athletes’ lifestyle, personality, and circumstance. 

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2022/2023 Global Sport Academy Program Add On's

We believe in supporting our student-athletes and ensuring they have access to every resource possible to be successful in their sport and in life. New to our 2022/2023 Global Sport Academy Programming, we are offering multiple add on enhancements that fit your needs. 

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It takes a Village . . . .

It takes a Village . . . .

We hear this a lot, especially in parenting. A proverb that means an entire community of people must interact with children for those children to grow in a safe and healthy environment. We believe the same sentiment deserves a place in sport.

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Ready to see some video?

Ready to see some video?

We've got you covered!

There is more to youth sports than meets the eye, and we at Global Sport Academy Group want to offer services to help not only the players grow but also the coaches and parents. Check out our workshops to get the most out of your experience.

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