THE POWER OF
Community Engagement through sport
Women In Sport
Women and girls participate in sport at around half the rate of males, and there are many reasons for this – including lack of female coaches and role models, a non-inclusive or unwelcoming environment at some sports clubs, and a lack of female-friendly facilities.
Aussie kids are now among the least active in the world - 81% of our children are not getting enough physical activity - a far cry from the days when we were seen as a carefree, healthy, active outdoor society!
Obesity and associated health issues are soaring, including a huge rise in diabetes and mental health problems, especially among our young.
Sport teaches valuable life skills, including leadership skills which are at a premium in today’s society. In sport, leadership reaches far beyond just the team Captain or Coach – every player or team member is encouraged to lead by example, learn from adversity and success, role model respectful behaviour and fair play.
Diversity and Inclusion
Nearly half of all Australians were born overseas. Our nation is a proud and diverse society, and sport has the opportunity to, as Nelson Mandela famously said, “unite people in a way that little else does”.
Nonetheless, sport has a way to go to become more inclusive and welcoming for those from migrant and refugee backgrounds, from LGBTI backgrounds, with disabilities and more.