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How Women Changed the World on Two Wheels
Throughout history the humble bicycle has helped women gain mobility, increased social and political freedom and brought countless hours of joy. Yet, barriers still preventing many women from getting in the saddle.
Harnessing the power of self-belief: How Victoria Evans became the fastest female to solo row the Atlantic
The incredible journey of Victoria Evans who broke the World Record for the fastest female to solo row the Atlantic Ocean, just three years after learning to row.
Daughters and Dads: Empowering Change
Gender stereotypes start at birth. For girls, this can lead to a decline in self-belief from as young as 7 years old. Dads/father figures can play a key role in helping their daughters develop confidence and resilience, but many dads, often unconsciously, place more emphasis on their son's sporting activities. Our research shows that 31% of girls feel supported by their dad, compared to 50% of boys.
The Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered is a free physical activity and education programme for young girls (5-11) and their fathers/father figures who want to be more active together.
Women in Sport delivered the programme in partnership with the EFL Trust, Fatherhood Institute and University of Newcastle (Australia) through funding from Sport England and the National Lottery Fund.
Over the last 3 years we've helped more than 400 girls, dads/father figures to be more active. The programme also saw girls grow in confidence and self-belief.
In this episode we talk to:
Professor Philip Morgan – founder of Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered at the University of Newcastle in Australia
Lee Warren – Daughter and Dads project lead at Women in Sport
Lucy Ridgway – Girls and Women's Officer at Stoke City Community Trust
Jodie Foxhall-Brown – Stoke City Women's footballer
We discuss why rough and tumble play is just as important for girls as it is for boys, how dads can play a key part in helping their daughters develop vital movement skills and how the programme helps dads become allies for change.
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The Lost 43% - The Teenage Girls Falling out of Love with Sport
For International Women's Day 2022, Women in Sport has released new research which found that more than one million teenage girls (43%), who once considered themselves ‘sporty’, disengage from sport following primary school.
A fear of feeling judged by others, lack of confidence, pressures of schoolwork and not feeling safe outside were some of the reasons given for not wanting to participate for this group of girls. Body image and puberty are also significant factors.
The need to engage girls in more active lifestyles has never been more urgent. This generation of teenage girls are experiencing worrying mental health issues and report being less happy, more anxious and increasingly dissatisfied with their appearance.
So, what can be done to bring back the joy to the lives of teenage girls?
To discuss this and to look at how we can stop teenagers from feeling and being side lined we’re joined by Tanya Martin, Insight Manager at Women in Sport, Alison Oliver, CEO at Youth Sport Trust, Paul McPartlan CEO of Places Leisure and Shruti Saujani, Senior Manager for Cities & Volunteers at the England and Wales Cricket Board.
Thank you to our podcast sponsor CSM Live
The report Reframing Sport For Teenage Girls - Tackling Teenage Disengagement is funded by Sport England.
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How Snowsports is Challenging Girls to Take More Risk – Starting at the Skatepark
The countdown is on to the Winter Olympics, which begins on 4th February, with two weeks of action-packed and exciting competition to look forward to. Many of us will be glued to our TV screens watching the death-defying stunts and tricks on snow and ice.
But with such a high level of risk associated with snowsports, how do you encourage girls and women to overcome the fear factor - whether it’s their first lesson or they’re going for gold?
There is also the issue of accessibility. How does a country, with a lack of alpine regions, increase opportunity and diversity to make snowsports more accessible?
To explore these questions and more, Women in Sport Chief Executive, Stephanie Hilbourne OBE is joined by former Olympic snowboarder Aimee Fuller, Chief Executive for GB Snowsport Victoria Gosling OBE, whose Project Balance Initiative is giving young people the opportunity to learn key transferable skills through skateboarding.
They’re joined by skateboarders Lyndsey McLaren and Amy Ram who both run programmes to encourage women and girls of all ages to join the skate community.
For more information about the projects discussed in this podcast head to:
Project Balance: https://gbsnowsport.com/project-balance-launches-with-aim-to-inspire-inner-city-young-people-with-a-love-for-winter-sports/
Neighbourhood Skate Club: https://www.neighbourhoodskateclub.com/
Girls Night @ BaySixty6 Skate park: https://www.baysixty6.com/
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Exercising in midlife - the challenges and how companies can support their female workforce
In this podcast we're looking at the challenges of exercising in midlife and how companies and businesses can support their female workforce to be active. We're joined by Carol Bates who set up Crawley Old Girls Football Club, Pippa Andrews, Director at Vitality UK and Victoria Sathasivam from Argent LLP as we talk about the barriers women face and what can be done to grow a healthy, active workforce.
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Keep up the good work inspiring women to get out and stay active in all stages of life.
So timely, can’t wait to hear more
Congrats on a great start. Looking forward to hearing more on much needed discussions