Why do girls participate and what makes them stop?

Understanding why girls and women participate is a key factor in learning how to increase and encourage participation. This guide shows the key factors for girl´s participation and outlines the main reasons why girls stop participating.

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Barriers to participation

For young children, competitive sports or highly strucutred activities can be limiting, while for teenagers and young women, negative experiences at school, peer pressure, competitive classes and lack of teacher support can impact on participation. This guide gives information about what can limit girls´ participation or act as a barrier to their participation.

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Benefits of participation

There are countless, proven benefits to participation in physical activity. This guide outlines some of the reasons why participation is good for children, and identifies specific benefits for girls.

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