Encouraging Girls' Participation in Sports
Date du début: 1 janv. 2015,
Date de fin: 31 mars 2017
The literature on youth sport stresses the positive effects of participation in learning important life skills associated with initiative, social cohesion, persistence, and responsibility. Furthermore, sport can help to prevent childhood obesity which comes along with serious public health challenges in EU member states. However, latest studies reveal that sport participation among European children and adolescents is far from being consistent. Even though (according to Special Eurobarometer 412. “Sport and Physical Activity”) 64% of 15-24 year-olds exercise at least once a week, physical activity tends to drop off between the ages of 11 to 15 in most European countries and the difference between genders is strongest in this age group: 74 % of boys and young men exercise on a regular basis, whereas the participation among girls and young women in the same age group only amounts to 55 %. “ EGPiS aims at investigating the reasons for this development in order to develop tools to overcome the common barriers that keep girls from exercising such as missing infrastructure and sport facilities, competition, negative experiences at school etc and providing the possibility to experience sports as fun and enjoyment in a nonthreatening environment. This objective will be achieved through common research and exchange of experiences as a basis for the development of strategies and tools able to prevent young girls from dropping out of sports and motivate adolescents to reassume sporting activities, respectively. By building a connection between physical education at schools and extracurricular activities, the projects’ efforts will involve teachers as well as trainers and that way will be able to address girls’ needs on more than one level. A pilot programme will be launched in close cooperation between a school and a sports association enabling the partnership to review and possibly improve the developed methodology within the duration of the project.
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