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Physical Literacy

Physical Literacy means that a person has a catalogue of technical skills along with the confidence and motivation to take part in lots of different sports and physical activities at every stage in their life.

It gives them the power to choose to be physically active in whatever way they prefer, taking away fears of 'having a go' or a lack of motivation that many of us can suffer from. (Sport Wales)

Physical skill + Confidence + Motivation + Lots of Opportunities = Physical Literacy


Physical Literacy is as important a skill as Reading and Writing.  When a child is learning to read they first learn words such as cat, sat, mat.  Similarly as a child learns physical skills they learn skills such as how to run, jump, throw and balance.  Children then string words together into sentences and read them.  In the same way, physical skills are linked together to create movement phrases in order to perform activities such as riding a bike, swimming or performing the long jump.

As children become more confident and experienced in these skills they are able to use those skills in different environments, across wide-ranging sports.  These children will develop into adults who have the necessary skills to participate and enjoy sport and physical activity throughout life at whatever level they chose, whether recreationally or competitively. 

Importantly, these fundamental skills need to be learned and developed from an early age in order to 'hook them onto sport for life'.  Parents, teachers, coaches and young leaders all have a part to play in this important physical literacy journey.

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