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KidsMove 2019/20: A look back at a game changing year
September 25, 2020 | by Fortius Sport & Health

Not unlike so many within the Fortius community, and worldwide, 2019/20 was an important and challenging year for the KidsMove program.

With the fifth consecutive year of support from the Steve Nash Foundation, and a community grant from the City of Burnaby, KidsMove was again able to mpact the health of children in the local community. Though COVID-19 affected the spring KidsMove program, the fall session ran in full and the winter program was able to run all but one of its sessions.

Overall, 312 students participated in the program from Armstrong, Lochdale, Windsor, Twelfth Avenue, Westridge and Montecito elementary schools.

Not only was the program able to support the physical literacy of local students, it impacted the teachers in the community as well. With the expansion of our mentoring program, teachers were able to learn from Fortius coaches about drills and activities they can take back to their schools to continue their students physical literacy education.

For the first time, that mentorship also extended to teaching practicum students from the schools as well — allowing the next generation of teachers to learn about physical literacy early in their careers.

Other highlights of the 2019/20 KidsMove program include:

  • Expansion of the Adopt-a-School Program through the support of Beedie and iA Financial Group.
  • Participation in curriculum development for a new province-wide school physical literacy program created by Canadian non-profit Sport for Life, funded by the Ministry of Health.
  • A first-time community grant from the City of Burnaby.

“We are proud of our impact on the health of children in our local community and it is gratifying to have this recognized through the support of local businesses, individuals and now at a municipal level,” Foundation Director Andy Price said.

The KidsMove Schools program was launched in 2017, and is provided at no cost to Burnaby Schools, ensuring that children from all economic backgrounds can attend. The program is funded by donors including Canadian Tire Jumpstart Foundation and the Burnaby Firefighters Charitable Society.

We’re working closely with the Burnaby school district and provincial health guidelines to see how, and when, we can resume the program in a way that is safe for all the students, teachers and coaches. We hope to welcome our postponed schools from 2019/20 Douglas Road, Lyndhurst and Inman Elementary to the program soon.

Stay tuned!

Read the full 2019/20 KidsMove Report: