In an international collaboration, we have partnered with Women in Sport-UK to deliver the Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered program in the UK. Women in Sport-UK received a $1 million award from Sport England to deliver the program over a three year period (2019-2021). The culturally adapted program is being delivered across England in a partnership with the UK Fatherhood Institute, English Football League Trust (EFL Trust) and six Club Community Organisations (CCOs).
The collaboration began with a pilot in London delivered by Fulham FC Foundation in 2019. The University of Newcastle's Prof. Phil Morgan trained facilitators via video conference prior to the delivery of two 11 week programs at a primary school in London, targeting families from lower socio-economic groups. Women in Sport-UK have since partnered with and trained five additional CCOs across three regions of England. These are;
- North East: Foundation of Light (Sunderland), and Middlesbrough FC Foundation;
- West Midlands: Stoke City FC Community Trust and The Albion Foundation (West Bromwich); and
- London: Fulham FC Foundation and Leyton Orient Trust.
“Expanding to the United Kingdom is an exciting opportunity and demonstrates the global relevance and significance of this unique program.” Prof. Phil Morgan
Mike Diaper, Sport England’s Executive Director, said: “We know that we need to do more to help girls and families from lower socio-economic groups get active, and one thing that hinders this are gender stereotypes that can cause families to believe that physical activity is less important for girls than boys. We also know that parents and carers often see their role as helpers and less as role models in encouraging their children to be active. The Daughters and Dads program at the University of Newcastle (Australia) is addressing these challenges, and at Sport England we are delighted to be helping test if this successful model can be adapted to England to support us in our challenge to get more girls and families active"
The program is already having a positive impact on the daughters and dads participating, as well as their wider families. Take a look at a case study from one family here.
About Women in Sport
Women in Sport is the leading charity dedicated to empowering women and girls through sport. Our vision is a society where women and men have equal opportunities. Women and girls are missing out on the lifelong benefits of sport. We want to change this, now, for every woman and girl in the UK.
We are the only organisation in the UK that researches sport purely from the perspective of women and girls. We use the insight gained to drive change through campaigns and partnerships