Improving Participation for Women and Girls in Sport
Physical activity is beneficial for the health of the body and mind. Yet, participation rates among women and girls are much lower than for men.
The Scottish Government launched its first Women and Girls in Sport Week in October 2017, this saw stakeholders across the country come together to understand what can be done to increase participation. Disparities exist across the life course, with gaps in participation between boys and girls emerging as early as 11 years old.
The established Women and Girls Advisory Board is working with the Scottish Government to ensure that every woman and girl is given the best opportunity to participate in sport and physical activity. Along with the Sporting Equality Fund, there is potential to drive participation, engagement and promotion.
As we approach the midway point of the 10-year national strategy A More Active Scotland, the Scottish Government and stakeholders must review the successes and future targets to close the physical activity gender gap.
Join us at this timely Holyrood briefing to examine the next steps to encourage more women and girls into sport and physical activity. We will bring together expert speakers and those working in the field to share learning and look forward to the second phase of the national strategy.
Key issues to be addressed
- Current policy and next steps for physical activity policy in Scotland
- Improving health and wellbeing through increased physical activity for women and girls
- Examining how schools, communities and other stakeholders can encourage women and girls to become involved in physical activity, no matter what age they are
- Understanding the mental health barriers to engaging in physical activity
- Learning from and sharing good practice
- Alison Johnstone MSP, Member for the Lothian, Scottish Green Party
- Maureen McGonigle, Founder, Scottish Women in Sport
- Geraldine McGuire, Head of Development, Netball Scotland
- Mags Duncan, Principle Sport and Outdoor Activities Manager, High Life Highland
- Karen McInally, Active Schools Manager, South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Ltd
- Graeme Dale, Senior Development Manager, Active Schools at Sport Aberdeen
- Kirsteen Torrance, Cycling Development Officer, Fife Council
- Alex Johnson, Manager Scotland, Spirit of 2012
09:30 Registration and Refreshments
10:00 Welcome and Introduction from Chair
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10:05 Session 1: Policy and Overview
- Understanding how 'A More Active Scotland' can deliver positive outcomes for women and girls
- Current trends for women and girls in sport
- How to make women and girls comfortable in sporting environments
10:55 Questions and Discussion
11:15 Refreshments and Networking
11:30 Session 2: Encouraging Women and Girls to get Involved
- How schools can encourage more girls into sport
- Reaching women in the community
- Encouraging women and girls to become leaders
- Improving active infrastructure to overall improve the equality of access
- Supporting coaches, volunteers and decision makers to raise awareness
- Improving transitions between involvement in sports at school and the rest of the life course
12:50 Questions and Discussion
13:00 Lunch and Networking
13:45 Session 3: Good Practice Case Studies
A series of case studies will share learning and experience into good practice to encourage women and girls into sport.
15:05 Questions and Discussion
15:35 Closing Remarks from Chair
15:45 Close of Event