IPLA President Professor Margaret Whitehead took the stage at the Royal Society of Arts last Thursday as part of the launch of the Physical Literacy Consensus Statement for England.
Following a robust consultation and creation period, initiated by Sport England and led by Liverpool John Moores University, this launch event marks the start of an exciting period for physical literacy in England, where all sectors were called upon to engage with the concept and apply it to their work to get the nation more active using physical literacy at its heart.
Professor Whitehead (Margaret) said:
“My journey with physical literacy began almost 35 years ago now, and I am thrilled by how the concept has been embraced the world over.
The physical literacy consensus statement for England will help to mobilise a community all of whom are dedicated to promoting lifelong engagement in physical activity.
We must ensure that children and young people are afforded the best possible growing conditions to help them flourish throughout their childhood and go on to thrive as adults.
My ambition for physical literacy is that it continues with its current momentum, being used as a framework to help promote the value of physical activity throughout life. Ultimately, helping more people find the value and joy in movement so that it becomes part of their daily lives.”
The event, hosted by Sport England, included representatives of many of its sector partners and aimed to release the concept across the movement, sport and physical activity landscape. The event encouraged participants to engage with the concept and consider its application across their roles.
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