As families tune in to the FIFA World Cup, it’s worth knowing Canadian player Alphonso Davies’ incredible journey in soccer.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will offer teachable and inspiring moments for kids and parents alike. Here’s why you should tune in.
Kids need plenty of active play to develop gross motor skills in their early years. We put together a list of activities for kids at every age to help with their physical literacy.
Sometimes it’s nice to have things to do that are light on equipment. These six games are super fun and require only a volleyball!
Kids’ sports can be expensive, but there are some low-cost options out there! Check out this list of affordable sports your child can try.
Olympic soccer star Karina LeBlanc has inspired international change with her powerful and passionate advocacy for girls in sport.
Steve Morris offers advice and insights to parents as they navigate the world of youth sports.
By dialling down the pressure we put on young athletes, we can help them foster a love of sport and a desire to play simply because it’s fun.
Although the real Olympic Games won’t be held until next year, there’s no reason why your family can’t enjoy some Olympics-themed fun at home this summer.
During COVID-19, coaches have had to evolve fast to keep athletes engaged and active while they’re apart from their teammates.
Editor’s note: This article was updated on November 21, 2021. Here are a few simple games with sock balls that kids can play indoors with limited space and “equipment”—including single-player games kids can enjoy even when a parent or sibling isn’t able to join them. Start by raiding your sock drawer: each of the following … Continued
One key indicator is showing confidence while attempting new activities
Many parents have asked me if I think competition is healthy for kids. Is it healthy? Is it “toxic”? Does it diminish self-confidence?
As parents and coaches, we must make youth sports fun for kids. Tim Hortons’ latest advertisement highlights this.
Caleigh MacPherson, a soccer player for the Cape Breton University (CBU) Capers, fell in love with the sport from a very young age. She was just four years old when she first started playing soccer, but she said the fact that she spent time spent playing other sports too is what helped her become the high-performing athlete … Continued
From early specialization to costly programs to hyper-competition, this documentary tells its story through the voices of people directly involved: parents, coaches, and teachers.
Casual sport and neighbourhood play are important. But as our urban centres grow, competition for our public spaces increases as well.
It’s important to understand how yelling in the stands might affect your child’s focus and his or her overall enjoyment of the game.
“Any questions?” This well-meaning phrase, when posed to a group of young female athletes, often results in 10 or more hands shooting up, and you as a coach end up standing there fielding questions like you’ve just entered your own personal press conference. You may be thinking to yourself, “Well that’s just how kids are.” … Continued
Playgrounds and unstructured free play have always been my go-to options for my two boys’ exercise and entertainment. But as they’ve grown in height, they’ve also been growing apart in terms of their interests, as well as their physical and social skills. Despite their five-year age difference, when they were younger both would happily play … Continued
There is a lot of money in kids’ sports. In Canada alone, recent research suggests that youth sport has become an industry worth $8.7 billion per year. Unfortunately, amid this flow of dollars, and the sometimes astronomical cost for parents, many kids from lower-income homes are getting left on the sidelines. Enter Tim Adams with … Continued
A new free multisport program in Nova Scotia is helping more Cape Breton Island children develop physical literacy while learning how to play various sports. Capers in the Community launched this summer and is being offered at no cost in towns throughout the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM). The four-day camp gives children ages five to … Continued
We don’t sell commercial ad space on Active for Life, but once in a while, we recognize advertising campaigns that promote important messages. This is the case with the Visa ad campaign developed for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which started earlier this month. The campaign video shows a series of female soccer players … Continued
Don’t change your dream. Change the world. That’s the messaging behind Nike’s newest ad, highlighting girls and the game of soccer. In the three-minute video, a young female player realizes her potential by running alongside the game’s biggest names. From shooting a video game cover with Brazil’s Andressa Alves to coaching alongside former English … Continued