The Cowichan Valley is looking to follow in the footsteps of Antigonish, Nova Scotia and bring a multi-sport program to the region.

The multi-sport approach used in the Maritimes is all about giving young kids a chance to try ten sports for ten months and is meant to arm children with confidence, a skill-set, and motivation before they decide which sport to pursue.

John Elzinga, the General Manager of Community Services with the Cowichan Valley Regional District is spearheading an initiative to bring physical literacy to the Cowichan Valley.

He says kids are specializing too early.

Elzinga says more work needs to be done locally to give kids the chance to develop in their sport.

Five physical literacy meetings are coming to the Cowichan Valley in the next two months.

Below are the meeting details:

  • Fundamental Movement Skills workshop, May 17, 5:30 to 10 p.m., Quamichan
    Middle School Gym ($55).
  • Physical literacy information sessions, May 24 & 31, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Island
    Savings Centre (free).
  • High Five Training Workshop, which is a full-day session aimed at front-line
    leaders and including topics like bullying and conflict resolution, June 2, 9 a.m. to
    4:30 p.m., Island Savings Centre ($50).
  • Quality Physical Literacy Experiences Workshop, which will develop physical
    literacy in program design and delivery, June 7, 5:30 to 9:30 pm, Island Savings
    Centre, ($104.95).