November 21, 2018


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Canada Sport For Life (CS4L)

"LTAD helps make sport coaches better"


We at Coaching Nova Scotia support and endorse the Canadian Sport for Life movement. Through the NCCP community coaching courses such as Fundamental Movement Skills, we are supporting our coaches to ensure athletes develop physical literacy on their path to being active for life. 

Learn About Canadian Sport for Life

Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) is a movement to improve the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada through improved athlete training and better integration between all stakeholders in the sport system, including sport organizations, education, recreation and health. A key feature of CS4L is Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD), a developmental pathway whereby athletes follow optimal training, competition, and recovery regimens from childhood through all phases of adulthood.CS4L has been gathering momentum since the publication of the 2005 resource paper Canadian Sport for Life. Since 2005, every national sport organization in Canada has developed sport-specific LTAD guidelnes for their athletes. Further work is currently being done by provincial sport organizations, school sport and the recreational setting to promote CS4L in their jurisdictions.

The vision behind CS4l is to reshape how we support sport and train athletes at all levels in Canada - from Children to adults, from towns to cities, from provinces and regions through to the National level. In realizing this vision, we aim to keep more Canadians active for life with recreational sport and physical activity, and at the same time help Canadians in all sports win more medals internationally.

The Coaching Association of Canada has worked to align the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD). The following diagram shows the interaction between the two systems, taking into note the important moving scale of training age compared to chronological age.

For more information about Canada Sport for Life, please visit

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