Resources: Women And Girls

Actively Engaging Women and Girls

The purpose of this resource is to increase awareness about the experiences of women and girls, and provide recommendations to address the psycho-social factors that influence female athlete development.

Recommendations for Community Program Leaders and Coaches

Community program leaders and coaches can increase the participation of women and girls across the lifespan through the delivery of quality sport and physical activity programs.

Recommendations for Educators and School Administrators

Physical education and school-based sport and physical activity can provide valuable opportunities for girls and young women to develop physical literacy and a foundation for life-long participation.

Recommendations for Families and Caregivers

Parents, partners, family members and caregivers can support women’s and girls’ involvement in sport and physical activity in a multitude of ways.

Recommendations for High Performance Coaches and Leaders

Coaches and leaders involved with athletes in the Train to Compete and Train to Win stages of LTAD must consider the psycho-social needs of the female athletes to create optimal conditions and systems for athlete success.

Recommendations for NSOs and P/TSOs

Sport and multisport organizations have an important role to play in actively engaging women and girls at all stages of participation and competition.

Recommendations to Make Sport and Physical Activity More Welcoming to Sexual and Gender Diversity

The powerful potential of sport and physical activity is undermined by intolerance of sexual and gender diversity, and homophobic and transphobic attitudes.

The Female Athlete Passport

The Female Athlete Passport contains questions that athletes complete to help improve their understanding of factors that influence their training, recovery and competition.  Athletes may find it helpful to track some of these areas to improve their own awareness over time and to make wise choices in support of their journey to excellence. Coaches (or other Integrated Sport Team members) may also benefit from this information to support monitoring the health and wellness of their female athletes and to design effective and safe training programs.

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The Female Athlete Perspective

The development of female athletes needs to be approached differently than that of a male athlete; training programs are not "one size fits all".