There's a saying that talks about travel being the only thing you buy that makes you richer, and that’s exactly how my colleague and I felt after visiting New York for work last week.
As part of our work to develop the first ever physical literacy consensus statement for England, we wanted to learn from other countries who were further ahead on their journey to build a movement around physical literacy.
Through our conversations with Sport for Life in Canada, they invited us to join the International Physical Literacy Conference (IPLC) to present on a panel and exhibit a poster showcasing our work on the subject and its link to our long-term strategy - Uniting the Movement.
The experience – unlike the four-hour waiting time on arrival to JFK airport – was magnificently rewarding.
During the conference we realised our collaborative approach to developing a consensus statement was of real interest to colleagues across the globe.
We also had a true 'lightbulb moment' when a keynote spoke of physical literacy as something "that’s not taught, but fostered through the accumulation of positive movement experiences”. We learnt a lot at the conference and made some valuable international connections.