Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, the Coaching Association of Canada and the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport have developed an online coaching resource called Keeping Girls in Sport. The 90-minute course was developed using the research of Dr. Vicki Harber, professor emeritus at the University of Alberta, and teaches how to create a safe and respectful coaching environment for female athletes, and ultimately, keep them engaged and enrolled in sport long-term.
Two-time Olympic Gold Medallist Rosie MacLennan recognizes the value of tailoring your approach to meet the needs of female athletes: “My coach created a training environment conducive not only to female athletes staying, but succeeding in sport. Had I quit as a teenager, I would have given up much more than Olympic medals. If you work with female athletes, it’s important to understand not only the barriers female athletes face, but the motivators that help us improve: that’s why I recommend coaches take Keeping Girls in Sport.”
To read more about this resource that is available in the October 2018 CAAWS ‘In the Loop” E-news click here.
The Women in Sport Encouragement (WISE) Fund was created to support women leaders’ development and organizations that are currently offering or creating diverse opportunities and programming, along with positive experiences for girls and women in sport and physical activity. Ten recipients will receive a grant of $1000 each to support professional development or programming. The 2018 WISE Fund applications are now closed. Visit the CAAWS Website for updated information.
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Check out the CAAWS Top 10 Success Factors for designing after school programs for girls to get their daily physical activity minutes. They also suggest integrating the ideas, tracking and rewards of the ParticipACTION 150 Play List