A few of fundamental movement skills markings at SEAPARC. The project designs include line and zig zag patterns for running, balancing and walking, foot prints for skipping, and lines, dots and lily pads for one and two foot hopping.                                (Contributed)

A few of fundamental movement skills markings at SEAPARC. The project designs include line and zig zag patterns for running, balancing and walking, foot prints for skipping, and lines, dots and lily pads for one and two foot hopping. (Contributed)

Sooke recreation facility highlights movement skills

Stenciled markings added throughout leisure complex

The SEAPARC Leisure Complex is joining 12 other recreational facilities in the Capital Region that will see semi-permanent markings that highlight fundamental movement skills.

The project designs include line and zig zag patterns for running, balancing and walking, foot prints for skipping, and lines, dots and lily pads for one and two foot hopping.

The SEAPARC markings are located in the recreation centre’s main lobby and in the arena.

“We’ve already had some positive feedback from customers,” said Steve Knoke, SEAPARC manager

The markings will not only provide an engaging physical literacy activity for centre visitors, but also serve as an educational and conversational piece for continued sharing of the importance of physical literacy and fundamental movement skill development, the Capital Regional District said in a press release.

Like reading and writing, movement is a learned skill, and as the International Physical Literacy Association defines, physical literacy encompasses the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.

All complex movement patterns, like striking a baseball or dribbling a soccer ball, are comprised of smaller foundational movements, and like learning the ABC’s and 123’s, mastering the fundamental movement skills at an early age sets individuals up for successful and enjoyed lifelong participation in physical activity.

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