Girls in Sport: Best Practice Guide

This ‘Best Practice Guide’ will present a range of case studies, focusing on programmes and initiatives which aim to increase girls’ participation in sport and physical activity. Each programme is unique in its own respect, but each brings to life some of the 10 elements which were presented in the previous guide: ‘(Re)introducing girls to sport and physical activity’. To explore best practice we use these 10 elements, mapped across the youth sport compass, and highlight examples where girls' needs and wants are at the forefront of programme design and delivery. The 10 elements are:


1. Focus on competence

2.Provide non-competitive activities


3. Provide high support

4. Offer a variety of activities and variations

5. Use role-models


6. Promote friendships and social connections

7. Help coaches to understand girls’ needs


8. Create a positive, inclusive and welcoming environment

9. Provide girls only opportunities

10. Be aware of issues related to body image and act accordingly

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As in the previous guide, we also look across MICRO, MESO and MACRO levels to explore how programmes may affect opportunities for girls in different ways.

Each case study is presented and described, before highlighting how they work across the four corners of the youth sport compass and the 10 elements. Finally, a self-assessment tool is presented for practitioners to critically reflect on their own practice.

The case studies presented in this guide are:

  1. This Girl CanTM
  2. PowerPlayTM
  3. Girls Active
  4. UEFA Disney PlaymakersTM
  5. Her Time to PlayTM
  6. Coaching Her
  7. Weetabix WildcatsTM
  8. Dads and Daughter’s: Active and EmpoweredTM
  9. Gaelic 4 Girls
  10. Keep Up With the Girls
  11. Adolescent Girls Get Active


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