Physical Literacy And Youth Sports

“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

Healthy lifestyles for children and youth lead to healthy lifestyles for life. To help make this happen, Columbia Basin Trust’s $3-million, multi-year Basin Physical Literacy and Youth Sport (PLAYS) initiative works with community sports groups, schools, volunteer coaches and others to provide resources and support they need to help kids be more active.

The Basin PLAYS initiative offers Training, School, Community and Capital Grants as well as this online resource hub to help increase the number of children and youth participating in sport and physical activities in local communities across the Columbia Basin.

Find out more on how it works


The Trust serves the region consisting of all the watersheds that flow into the Columbia River in Canada.

The region encompasses nearly 80,000 square kilometres in southeastern British Columbia and has a population of 155,345 people (2016 Census).