Kids are Made to Play, and we have a duty to provide a safe, welcoming, inclusive and fun environment to create early positive experiences in play and physical activity. TAFISA and Nike have been partnering since 2013 to implement that vision through activities that range from advocacy and awareness raising to capacity building and resources sharing. In recent years, we have been focusing on “Empowering Women – Building Capacity” and we are excited to unveil our latest initiative ‘Girls Positive and Safe Coaching Pathway’. This pathway is designed to address gender inequity that hinders the participation of women and girls in sports at all levels. By focusing on coaching the coaches, the pathway aims to remove barriers and create a more equitable, accessible, accommodative, and positive experience for girls in sports.
Through International Sport Oraganisations, National Federations, Olympic Committees and local grassroots sport organisations, the targeted group within the TAFISA network encompasses:
The Pathway aims to impact and improve how coaches work with young girls and help build their confidence to thoroughly enjoy sports in a safe and supportive environment and perform to the best of their abilities. Therefore, the following are expected to be deliverables of the Pathway:
Designed to serve programme leaders and coaches working to recruit and retain girls (and girl-identifying young people, especially those most likely to be excluded from sport). Goal is to help coaches create sport spaces that are more inclusive and welcoming for girls and other young people on the gender spectrum who are traditionally marginalized from sport.
Coaching HER tackles the challenges affecting girls' sports involvement, self-esteem, and overall experiences. This innovative tool equips coaches with strategies to retain girls in sports by recognising their unique needs and eliminating barriers. The ultimate goal is to create an environment that supports and encourages continued participation of girls in sports.
The Body Confidence in Sport programme aims to inspire athletes to adopt a positive attitude towards their bodies. It promotes constructive conversations and breaking down stereotypes related to gender and appearance. The programme empowers athletes to embrace a functional mindset, and provides a safe space for athletes to explore innovative ways of thinking and talking about their bodies.
Grounded in globally acknowledged safeguarding frameworks, the Safeguarding in Sport for All module empowers coaches to create secure and engaging environments for sports participation. With a focus on prioritizing the well-being of all participants, including children, young people, seniors, and individuals with disabilities, coaches play a pivotal role in fostering a safe and inclusive sports space.
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