Removing barriers with adapted physical activity
With the addition of the AMA Youth Run Club to the charitable donation options on the AMA membership form, generous donations by member physicians (totalling approximately $18,000 as of April) are enabling the Youth Run Club to develop an inclusivity strategy.
As the first step in this strategy, Ever Active Schools (EAS) is working with its community partners to develop professional learning and resources pertaining to adapted physical activity. Once these tools are established, the YRC will be able to apply the EAS’s adapted physical activity learnings and resources to the Youth Run Club environment, ultimately resulting in YRCs being able to offer activities to children who previously saw no way to participate.
Still in its early stages, the inclusivity strategy will include adding a module to the Coach’s Workshops, which are regular training sessions, facilitated by Ever Active Schools, that provide coaches (most often teachers) with guidance and instruction on running a club. The inclusivity module “10 tools for coaches to create an adaptive environment, route considerations, etc.” will be online.