Performance Training & Literacy


Physical Performance Training

As part of our vision to help promote an increase in the number of people in Prince Edward Island who participate in amateur sport, we advocate, support, plan and implement communications, events and programs in the following areas: Physical Literacy, Multi-Sport and Training.

Athletes on the Island receive support and guidance from their Provincial Sport Organization, but they can also contact us with issues and questions.

In partnership with Synergy Fitness and Nutrition in Charlottetown, a Sport Performance Training Program is offered to Island athletes looking to develop their technical and tactical requirements to achieve their desired performance goals.


Mental Performance Training

We also partner with Ahead in the Game to help athletes with their mental training skills as well.

Ahead in the Game helps highly driven athletes to achieve top performances through mental training and support. Through a proven process and easy to access online supports, Ahead in the Game provides practical tools and techniques needed to ensure you have your best days on your biggest days.

Physical Literacy

“Physical literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.”      – International Physical Literacy Association, May, 2014

If there’s someone in this country who knows physical literacy, it’s Dr. Dean Kriellaars. The exercise physiologist advocates tirelessly for it because of the positive impact it can have on our society. “Learning to move is as important as reading and writing skills, and the ability to work with numbers.”

Active Start

What is an Active Start?

From 0-6 years, boys and girls need to be engaged in daily active play. Through play and movement, they develop the fundamental movement skills and learn how to link them together. At this stage developmentally appropriate activities will help participants feel competent and comfortable participating in a variety of fun and challenging activities and games.

Key Concepts

Physical activity should be a fun part of a child’s life everyday and is essential for healthy child development.

Active play is key at this stage as it builds important connections within the brain, and between the brain and children’s muscles.

Opportunities for exploration of risk and limits in safe environments.

Unstructured access to a wide variety of colourful toys and equipment.

Activities should help children feel competent and comfortable participating in a variety of fun and challenging activities and non-competitive games.

For children with a disability, access to age and disability-appropriate adapted equipment is an important contributor to success been physically active.

Daily physical activity with an emphasis on fun.

The goal of Active Start is to provide children, aged 2-6 years, the opportunity to master fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills.

Programs are being delivered by local champions at the community level such as Early Learning Centres, Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs) and Community Sport and Recreation Councils. The intended outcome is to develop children’s confidence in their ability to participate in sport and recreation activities to foster a lifelong enjoyment of activity - also known as Physical Literacy.

NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) training is available as a part of the Active Start program. FMS is designed to teach coaches, early learning educators and community recreation leaders how to identify different levels of physical literacy in young children and different ways to help progress the physical development of a young individual.

There are several resources available, including lesson plans, activity cards and sport lesson plans.

Through support from Special Olympics PEI and ParaSport and Recreation PEI, lesson plans contain tips on how to lead the activities in an inclusive way. As well, Special Olympics PEI and Parasport and Recreation PEI have teamed up to create a one day training session for individuals who work with children on how to better teach fundamental movement skills to children with disabilities.