CFL & PHYSICAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION CANADA RELEASE EDUCATIONAL FOOTBALL RESOURCE FOR KIDS IN GRADES K-3
Newest addition sees the Move Think Learn – Football in Focus resources now cover youth in grades K-9
The first two Move Think Learn resources in the series reached nearly 1,500 educators and more than 1,022,000 students, despite the challenges of safely gathering youth in organized sporting activities amidst the ongoing pandemic. The resources have been modified to support health and safety measures to ensure youth can learn about football while staying safe.
The newest resource intended for youth in Grades K-3 features skill practice cues, eight uniquely designed football-based games for students, and eight educational videos that focus on fundamental movement skill development.
“Educators and community members are some of the biggest champions of our great game,” said CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie. “Any way we can assist them in promoting values like leadership and sportsmanship, while sharing the benefits of healthy and active lifestyles, is a big win for the country and the next generation. To see the Move Think Learn resources now reach kindergarteners all the way up to the first year of high school is incredible.”
The free educational resource was jointly developed between the CFL and PHE Canada, and includes expertise and insight from Football Canada. The initiative represents the next step in the five-year partnership between the two organizations with a goal of supporting the physical and social development of youth, while rooting those lessons in football. The collaboration supports the CFL’s ongoing #TryFootball initiative which encourages youth to discover the game.
“Physical education and school sports are a critical time for learning – it’s where students learn about themselves and others and think about, and apply new strategies” noted Melanie Davis, Executive Director and CEO of PHE Canada. “As the first K-3 resource in the Move Think Learn Series, this Football in Focus resource is not only introducing the fun game of football to a whole new group of students, it will also develop their knowledge, skills, and behaviours to use as they live, play and learn.”
The trio of Move Think Learn – Football in Focus Featuring CFL Skill Practice resources provide age-range-appropriate tactical games and skill practice activities for youth to learn football, while empowering educators, coaches and community leaders with instructional strategies and learning objectives along every step of the journey.
The free resource is available for download at www.phecanada.ca/movethinklearn.
Additional information regarding the CFL’s #TryFootball campaign, including an easy-to-use online portal with sign-up information and a searchable database of football-related opportunities, can be found at TryFootball.ca.