Throughout Quebec, schools have been teaming up with the Champions for Life (CFL) foundation with the goal of enhancing their students’ physical literacy skills, alongside their regular physical education courses. CFL is currently integrated within 75 schools throughout nine regions in Quebec, and it continues to gain popularity.
CFLF: A Brief History
Champions for Life was founded in 2012 by David Arsenault. It started out as a humble pilot project in 6 schools, but quickly gained momentum in the following years. Arsenault realized he had a wonderful opportunity to spread his message of physical literacy and its importance in the development of 5-8 year olds, specifically. By 2015, he filed papers with Canada Revenue Agency to officially establish CFLF as a goodwill organisation. A year later, the foundation received its certification and since then, it’s been full steam ahead.
Since 2012, Arsenault and his staff have helped train and educate over 100 leaders from various backgrounds on the importance of developing physical literacy through a particular way to teach fundamental movement skills. Their reach has extended beyond schools, and into the community as well. Over the course of CFLF’s lifetime, the foundation has reached out to more than 7,500 children from low socioeconomic communities, providing them the opportunities to develop skills and necessary tools to create a healthier, more active lifestyle.
CFLF is There to Help, Not Replace
The Champions for Life program is designed to be complementary to a physical education curriculum. It’s meant to help children learn basic movement patterns and body awareness in addition to participating in fun activities and games. By focussing on movement skills, the CFLF program offers students transferable skills which enhances their experience in physical education class and in life.
More importantly, the program exists to bolster the learning and experience of the children by providing resources to schools that need the support through our Fully-Funded or Self-Serve Programs. For more information, visit https://www.championsforlife.ca/schools/.
Our Values Go Beyond Physical Activity
Although we are focused primarily on empowering children through our program, this is not our only goal. The Champions for Life program is a vehicle for inclusivity and understanding. Through our actions, we aim at helping those who need the support and are most at risk, and we believe that, regardless of social standing, class, or level of physical ability, we are all allowed to participate and better our lives; we all have a right to high self-esteem.
CFLF is guided by strong values and passion for helping children improve their physical literacy, but ultimately, we want children to develop confidence in themselves, no matter what they are good at.