Physical Literacy Explained

What is Physical Literacy?

People who are physically literate have the competence, confidence and motivation to enjoy a variety of sports and physical activities. As a result, they are more likely to stay active.

But what is physical literacy exactly?

Like reading and arithmetic, which develop a literary or numerical vocabulary, physical literacy develops a “movement vocabulary” of fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills.

These skills are the basis for moving with competence and confidence in every kind of activity environment:

  • on the ground, both indoor and outdoor
  • in and on water
  • on snow and ice
  • in the air                                                        

Our children need to learn physical literacy in a wide range of settings and from many different people. However, the responsibility for developing a physically literate child ultimately rests with parents and guardians.