Northumberland Sports Council

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Your Home for Activity and Sports Information in Northumberland!

The Northumberland Sports Council is a network of organizations working together to advocate and promote a healthy, active and physically literate Northumberland County by sharing knowledge, support and resources.

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Ensure partners and community members all across the County are engaged

Getting engaged in your community means getting out and getting involved.  As a player, coach, organizer or participant we have so much to offer in Northumberland County and it’s all yours to get out and join in!

Try it Northumberland
Try a new sport or activity without the commitment of registering! Try-It Northumberland is a communications tool to highlight the free active events and activities going on throughout the county of Northumberland!

Find out which sports organizations and recreational programs have current open registration!

KidSport Northumberland works to ensure every child and youth in Northumberland county have access to sport and physical activities! KidSport Northumberland’s mission is to help families overcome financial barriers so that all kids have the opportunity to participate in organized sport and flourish within our community by providing funds for registration and equipment costs.

Access to Recreation
Remove financial barriers to participation in your sports or recreation activity with the help of the Northumberland Sports Council by developing and implementing open access policies!

Heart Wise Exercise
The Northumberland Sports Council is a proud Regional Coordinating Centre for Heart Wise Exercise with the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. Heart Wise Exercise works with community physical activity providers to designate facilities, programs, and classes where individuals can exercise regularly to prevent or limit the effects of living with a chronic condition.

Facilities in Northumberland 
Looking for a sport or recreation facility in Northumberland? Click the link for an interactive map!

We are always looking for volunteers to help the Northumberland Sports Council and our diverse membership! If you want to get involved in the sport and recreation scene in Northumberland contact us!

Physical Literacy

Promote the understanding and awareness of Physical Literacy for life

What is 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.”  – The International Physical Literacy Association, May 2014  

Where can I find statistics and current information about physical literacy in Canada?

Canadian Sport for Life is a movement to improve the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada. Canadian Sport for Life links sport, education, recreation and health and aligns community, provincial and national programming.

Active for Life: is the place where parents go to learn about how to make a difference in the health and happiness of their children.

PARASport Ontario: provides support to all members of the disability community – regardless of age or stage in life – to find, connect with, and participate in competitive and recreational sport programs and activities of their choice to enhance physical function and quality of life.

Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Girls in Sport and Physical Activity: is an organization dedicated to creating an equitable and inclusive Canadian sport and physical activity system that empowers girls and women – as active participants and leaders – within and through sport.

ParticpACTION: As Canada’s premier physical activity brand, ParticipACTION helps Canadians sit less and move more through innovative engagement initiatives and thought leadership.


Who is physical literacy for?

Children, Youth, Parents, Grandparents
Wondering what physical literacy is? Learn how you can support your child’s growth, development, and well-being through physical literacy!

Do you have a health assignment on the health benefits of physical activity? Want to learn more about how to lead healthier and happier lives? Check out these resources!

Adults and Seniors
A key message embedded in the theory and practice of physical literacy is to gain the skills necessary to be active for life! It’s never too late to start!

First of all, thank you for all you do to create opportunities for quality physically active experiences! Physical literacy will help improve your athletes’ overall physical skills and ability making them a stronger athlete in ANY activity they so choose!

Early Years Educators
Just like learning the 1-2-3s and A-B-Cs is an important step towards numeracy and literacy skill,  learning to run- hop-throw is an essential step for getting kids ready to be active for life!

Find resources, lesson plans, and websites that will help you effortlessly incorporate physical literacy into your daily classroom routine and the Ontario School Curriculum!

Camp Counselors
Trying to find games and activities to keep your kids engaged and occupied can tricky when you have a diverse group with a large range of abilities. Physical Literacy is a framework you can use to help your camp kids gain meaningful skills and abilities!

When can I take a workshop on physical literacy?

Upcoming Training: TBA

Get past physical literacy workshop presentations and resources by clicking this link! 


Take an active role in the development of sport, recreation and healthy active living opportunities for all citizens!

The goal of the Northumberland Sports Council is to connect community leaders across the county to create an environment that enables Northumberland’s citizens to participate in an active lifestyle for life. By joining the Northumberland Sports Council, you agree to act as a community leader in the development and delivery of quality physical activity experiences. Learn how to do all this and more from key partners within our sports council network! Email us to set up a meeting to discuss areas of collaboration!
Information is updated here on networking events and information Members List of members who have joined the Northumberland Sports Council! Membership Benefits Membership has it’s advantages, learn more! Sports Organizations Find topics of interest and resources to help build a sustainable sports organization with quality programming!


Facilitate and encourage the exchange of knowledge and expertise in Northumberland County.

When community organizations come together to share experiences and best practices we all learn, grow and flourish. The Northumberland Sports Council aims to use a  Collective Impact approach to improve the health and physical activity levels in Northumberland county’s population.

Upcoming Training
Upcoming training opportunities in Northumberland County and webinar links will be posted here! What type of training are you looking for?

Training Material
Information and downloadable material from recent training and events

Leadership & Governance
The Northumberland Sports Council is dedicated to keeping you up to date on the most important knowledge and best practices around health, physical literacy, sport, and recreation!