Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered is an award-winning, community-based program, which engages fathers in positive lifestyle role modelling and effective parenting strategies to improve the physical activity behaviours, physical confidence, sport skills and social-emotional wellbeing of their daughters. Importantly, Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered also targets girls to improve the fitness and physical activity levels, and parenting skills of their fathers.

DADS (or father-figures)

During the program, dads learn evidence-based parenting skills and strategies to emotionally connect to improve their daughters’ physical and mental health. Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered also teaches fathers how to improve their daughters sport skills by engaging in fun co-physical activities experienced in a warm and positive environment. 


Daughters are given opportunities to practise key social-emotional skills including self-control, persistence, critical thinking, resilience and self-reliance and spend quality time with their dads working together in fun active sessions involving sport skills (eg kicking, catching, throwing), rough and tumble play and health-related fitness games.

The program has compelling evidence of social benefits, gained in rigorous program evaluation (including two randomised controlled trials and dissemination trials) with a long-term follow up. Our significant outcomes directly align with three United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

E WEB 03 E WEB 04 E WEB 05

Formerly known as DADEE (Dads And Daughters Exercising and Empowered), the program name was changed to Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered in mid-2019. 

Sport-Specific programs (Cricket, Basketball and Football)

Along with the Daughters & Daughters Active and Empowered program, we also offer sport-specific programs.

The sport-specific programs aim to:

  • Improve daughters sport skills and increase understanding of the game. 
  • Provide exposure to female role models.
  • Enhance daughters' resilience, bravery and persistence. 
  • Strengthen the bond between daughters and their fathers/father-figures.


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We are looking for dads and their daughters

Are you a dad who wants to spend quality time with your daughter participating in fun physical activities, whilst learning how to improve her sport skills, confidence, self-esteem and resilience?

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