Organisations across the activities and fitness sector have risen in support of the Lionesses’ victory at the Women’s Euro. England’s National women’s squad stormed to a 2-1 victory against Germany to near 100,000 spectators in the stands, with millions watching at home.
The team drew attention to a lack of access to football for girls in schools, where according to England Football, only 44% of girls have access to football training. In an open letter to Rishi Sunak, they argued that there wasn’t enough being done to encourage accessibility and excellence in football.
Often, we place huge pressure on the government of the day to make changes in sports and fitness. Parents and guardians can have a massive impact on how girls see sport. So how can you use the Lionesses’ victory to create a positive sporting environment for our children?
Watch sport that represents all genders
In a report released by the Women’s Sport Trust, only 10% of 13 to 16-year-old girls were doing their recommended levels of daily activity. At home, don’t make the default at home watching men’s sports or splitting sports by gender. Choose from a wealth of options open to you in football, athletics and much much more!
Many of the negative experiences that discourage girls from playing sport originate in careless comments about women’s sport or a lack of engagement. With the success of the Lionesses, football is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to watching women’s sports.
Don’t discourage girls from playing sport with boys
The FA raised the age girls and boys could play together officially from 16 to 18 in 2015/16. Most competitive women’s players, including the Lionesses, have played with boys on a regular basis. Whilst it creates a mismatch of strength, it often helps girls develop more intelligent methods to be competitive.
It’s also not uncommon. The majority of the top 10 female tennis players in the world have male hitting partners. These partners help them train more powerful shots and to become more strategically intelligent tennis players. Whilst playing with boys, for girls, is a learning curb, there are many benefits to the experience.
Encourage girls to play football
According to England Football, only 44% of girls have equal access to football in schools. In response to the Lionesses, the government argued that it is up to schools to determine what sports they teach or stress. Yet it isn’t only schools that can help your child get a taste of the beautiful game.
At Ballers Academy, our weekly sessions cater to all abilities, ages and genders, and we offer inclusive sessions that provide boys and girls an opportunity to hone their skills on the field.
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