Increasing the number of Women & Girls within our sport is a key strategic goal for NNSWF. We realise that the drivers to ongoing participation for girls can be vastly different to boys and as a sport we need to continue to provide participation opportunities that meet the specific needs and wants of Women and Girls.Women and Girls face a number of barriers to participation in football at school, home and in the community. The 2017 Female Football Seminar aims to identify and discuss innovative approaches that aim to engage girls and optimise their football skills, confidence and self-esteem.
Focus:Evidence-based strategies to engage and empower girls through football Guest Speaker:Professor Phil Morgan - The University of Newcastle Abstract: Girls face a number of barriers to participation in football at school, home and in the community. Innovative approaches are needed to engage girls and optimise their football skills, confidence and self-esteem. This presentation will highlight key findings and novel examples from a number of highly successful school- and community-based programs to improve girls’ outcomes in football. Examples will be drawn from the award winning ‘Dads And Daughters Exercising and Empowered’ (DADEE) program and Phil’s extensive coaching experiences. The presentation will explain how damaging the ‘pinkification’ of girls can be and how this can be addressed. Evidence-based recommendations will be presented for parents, coaches, administrators and stakeholders who are interested in engaging and improving the experience of girls in football. Biography:Professor Morgan is co-director of the University of Newcastle Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition and physical education lecturer in the School of Education. His research program is focused on the impact of school- and community- based interventions to promote physical activity and sports skills proficiency in youth. His work in teaching, research and the community has been recognised with national and international awards including 12 university teaching excellence awards and 11 research excellence awards Phil has a passion for promoting female physical activity and sporting opportunities.Phil has been a lead investigator on DADEE (Dads And Daughters Exercising and Empowered), a world-first lifestyle program that is delivered in Newcastle targeting fathers as the agents of change to improve their daughters’ physical activity levels, sport skills and social-emotional wellbeing. Phil also coaches numerous junior sports teams including touch football, basketball and football. Notably, he is coach of the legendary Cooks Hills Lionesses!