Canadian Sport for Life

Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) Model

Sport for Life StagesSport Kelowna plans and programs support the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) model which also serves to connect sport’s goals and outcomes with those of our partners in education, recreation and healthy living.

CS4L includes seven Stages of Development beginning with providing an Active Start (Stage 1) in physical activity for pre-school children. Young children learn FUNdamentals (Stage 2) basic movement skills in physical education classes and general multi-sport skills through participation in local "learn to" recreational programming. Local and provincial sport organizations roles begin with their development of sport specific skills within Learn to Train (Stage 3) and Train to Train (Stage 4), and for some athletes who move into Train to Compete (Stage 5), and possibly into Train to Win (Stage 6), as well as for many people who remain Active for Life (Stage 7).

Stages 1 and 2 combine to develop "physical literacy" in children before they reach puberty so they have the basic movement and multi-sport skills to support their being Active for Life. Physical literacy also provides the foundation for those youth who choose to pursue more intense training in one or more sports or activities after age twelve.

Stages 3 and 4 provide opportunities for older children to play multi-sports while reinforcing general sport skills as well as learning sport specific skills and tactics within more formalized methods of training and competition.

Stages 5 and 6 provide more intense training for those youth and adults who want to begin to specialize in one sport and compete at the highest level possible, by maximizing their physical, mental and emotional development.

Stage 7 is about staying Active for Life through lifelong participation in competitive and/or recreational sport(s) or physical activity(s).

Sport Kelowna

Sport Kelowna is a community based partnership between the City of Kelowna, PacificSport Okanagan and Tourism Kelowna. This strategic partnership is committed to supporting Kelowna’s sports community through facility & organizational development; coach & athlete education and support; volunteer information and resources; and, event services.

Who we are

City of Kelowna: The City of Kelowna’s Active Living & Culture Division delivers a broad spectrum of activities, programs, and support to the residents of Kelowna. Within this department, the sport development team provides services and support to local sport groups with a focus on facility and organizational needs. The team works closely with other City departments and associations to ensure local sport organizations are properly equipped with suitable facilities and provided with support to enhance organizational viability and sustainability.

PacificSport Okanagan: As part of the provincial network of Regional Sport Centres, PacificSport Okanagan is a not-for-profit society that works collaboratively as a partner in the promotion, education and program alignment of the national Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) movement to improve the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada. The Okanagan Regional Sport Centre (based in Kelowna) has developed a variety of sport development programs, services and events to support increased sport participation and improved sport performance throughout the region.

Tourism Kelowna: Tourism Kelowna is a not-for-profit society that is governed by tourism industry stakeholders through an elected Board of Directors. Generating intrigue and desire to travel to Kelowna, Tourism Kelowna’s mission is to create a measurably healthier tourism industry through innovative marketing and advocacy initiatives. The "Sports & Events" sales department strives to pursue targeted events, develop hosting strategies with identified organizations, and position Kelowna as a preferred, progressive sport, festival and event destination.

What we do

The Sport Kelowna partners facilitate and provide leadership to the following community sport initiatives:

  • Sport Education: A variety of innovative, current and interactive workshops, certification courses and conferences that provide athletes, coaches, officials, administrators and volunteers with practical information they can readily implement.
  • Sport Participation: Grassroots initiatives that ensure all youth have the opportunity to participate in sport and be inspired to lead a healthy, active lifestyle.
  • Athlete Development: Programs designed to enhance the motor skills and physical fitness of young athletes and provide foundational movement skills for future athletic development.
  • Sport Resources & Support: Resources to ensure comprehensive sport information and expert insight on community sport initiatives; and, specialized sport equipment, technology innovations and grants to support sport development.
  • Sport Networking: Local community events and opportunities designed to foster relationship building, collaboration and recognition within the sport community.
  • Facility Allocation/Maintenance: Facility scheduling that ensures the fair allocation and ongoing maintenance of City-owned recreation facilities.
  • Bid Development: Bid preparation support including letters of endorsement, production of bid documents in printed and/or electronic format, and access to photography of the destination and event venue for use on website and pre-event promotions.
  • Event Support: Event hosting support that includes assistance with site inspections, accommodation/venue selections, welcome packages, activity options, promotional tools and the on-site logistics required to run a successful sporting event.
  • Administrative Services: Comprehensive registration and promotion services to assist sport organizations with their front-line administrative requirements.
  • Organization Development: Advocacy and Liaison services to support club development that aligns with sporting and demographic trends and is sustainable for current and future generations.

For further information on Sport Kelowna services and support, please contact 250-469-8504.