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Fitness Friends

Fitness Friends began in 1999 as an ideal way for students of all abilities to get active – together. Fitness Friends can take place during physical activity classes, recess, or lunch. Fitness Friends is offered to schools at no cost and has engaged hundreds of participants and educators annually.

Educators partner students as Fitness Friends encouraging students who may now know each other to enjoy physical activities. Activities can include games, sports or recreation – activities should be active, fun and inclusive.

Each participating school can involve as many students are they wish/ Classes and entire schools can get involved as well. Fitness Friends should share their stories and how much time is dedicated to promoting inclusive opportunities.

OBJECTIVES

  • To promote active, healthy opportunities
  • To increase awareness of inclusive sport/recreational activities
  • To develop peer networks and new friendships
  • To provide support to students with social, physical and mentoring intiatives
  • To provide innovative ideas for students to interact and get physically active

FITNESS FRIENDS ENCOURAGES STUDENTS OF ALL ABILITIES TO:

  • Participate in inclusive sport and recreational opportunities
  • Embrace ability, diversity, inclusion, acceptance and physical activity
  • Focus on ability, achievement, adapted activity and the importance of being you

ACTIVITY IDEAS

Simon Says
Walk/jog/run/wheel
Tag
Relays
Baseball
Basketball
Volleyball
Boccia
Tennis
Badminton
Bowling

Obstacle Courses
Active Scavenger Hunts
Hiking
Track and Field
Golf
Ringette
Dance
Stretch
Swim
Tai Chi
Aerobics

Adapted Activities
Adapting activities is an easy way to ensure everyone can play together regardless of previous skills, experience or exposure to the game, activity or sport.

Remember every person is unique-hears, listens and understands in their own way.

Every person has the right to enjoy physical activity and should be accepted, respected and actively involved.

SAFETY FIRST

In the Classroom:

  • Request approval from your educator to use available space
  • Ensure there are no obstacles (i.e. sharp edges, wet floors, equipment is clear, etc.)
  • Check for stairs or bumps
  • Review the height of lights, decorations, etc…to ensure they will not be damaged
  • Get to know if your Fitness Friend has allergies to peanuts, latex or strong scented fragrances
  • Know where you can find a staff person if needed for questions or an emergency

Outside of the Classroom:

  • Ensure the weather is appropriate for outdoor activity – is too hot? Is it too cold?
  • Avoid areas that are slippery or wet
  • Is the area accessible – flat surfaces with no stairs or bumps
  • Did you notify an educator or staff person where you will be? Remain on school property
  • Are areas enclosed by a fence to avoid traffic or equipment going into traffic
  • Know where to find a staff person if needed for questions or an emergency

ACTIVITY RECORDING

Please submit how many students will participate and how much time you are active each month to:

Archie Allison
aallison@varietyvillage.on.ca

Make sure you record the following information:

  • Date
  • Activities
  • Duration

TIPS

You may choose…

  • To decrease or increase court space
  • An enclosed or open space
  • To change or modify the rules of the game
  • A variety of equipment – bigger, smaller, shapes, sizes, etc.
  • Non-scented or fragrance-free products
  • To encourage participation rather than winning/losing
  • To demonstrate and try activities before you play
  • To break down skills, drills, games to ensure everyone undertstands
  • To raise/lower targets or equipment based on individual preferences

Tips:

  • Focus on ability – what people can do, rather than what they can’t
  • Communicate to learn how to make equipment, space and activities more inclusive and accessible
  • Avoid limiting or exceeding expectations of your team members
  • Ask first! Never assume
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“I thought the day was fun. I loved playing wheelchair basketball and using the scooter things. It was fun to ride the adaptive equipment…had I not been there, I would never even know it existed. It was a fun and educational day.” – Courtney Steeves, Grade 5, Esker Lake Public School

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Fitness Friends showed our students the meaning of winning.

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Ready to participate? Fill out theĀ Fitness Friends Registration Form and send to:

Archie Allison
aalison@varietyvillage.on.ca

Celebration Day – Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Celebrate the success of the year’s activities along with hundreds of students and educators.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
9:30am-1:30pm
Variety Village (3701 Danforth Avenue, Scarborough)

BUS: We have a bus stop right outside! Take the 12A from Victoria Park Station.

FREE parking onsite.

Wheel-Trans accessible.

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