PSP recreation and sport programs have a responsibility to provide activities and environments where children feel safe, welcome, competent, connected, empowered and special.
Desired Outcomes for Children in Sport and Recreation
This builds RESILIENCY.
To that end, our programs must strive for excellence by taking into consideration the following broad objectives:
1. Enabling children to develop as considerate, co-operative, and caring individuals who show concern and respect for themselves, for others, and for their communities;
2. Helping children, when they are ready, to become competent in the areas that interest them most, by providing high-quality leadership, hands-on and self-directed learning, and a healthy view of competition;
3. Enabling children to be expressive and creative by encouraging them to use their imagination, to explore, and to experiment;
4. Providing positive role models, as well as opportunities for children to be leaders and role models for others;
5. Providing child-centred individual and group activities that are fun and enjoyable;
6. Helping children achieve success in order to build their self-esteem and confidence, taking into account that they must be ready before they are challenged;
7. Providing children with the opportunity to develop relationships with non-parental adults and peers in a safe environment;
8. Helping children learn and experience ideas and concepts such as responsibility, decision making, independence, problem solving, team building, and self-management;
9. Helping children learn how to use leisure time positively and develop a lifelong commitment to physical activity and healthy living;
10. Providing children with hands-on experience with nature so that they understand and appreciate the natural world;
11. Enriching children's lives and help them develop new interests and skills by exposing them to a wide variety of diverse and stimulating experiences and;
12. Enabling children to feel a sense of emotional wellbeing, belonging, and security.