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Girls and young women participation profile

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A resource to help organisations better understand the experiences and needs of young women

Sport New Zealand’s Community Sport Strategy identifies females aged 10–18 years as a target participant group.

It is essential that the needs of girls and young women are understood, so high-quality support, experiences and opportunities can be provided that help in the development of their skills and confidence contributing to a life-long love of being active.

The information in this resource is based on national and international evidence. It is intended to be a starting point to help organisations better understand the experiences and needs of girls and young women.

"We’re trying to introduce girls-only pathways around the country to try and meet the social needs of girls that don’t want to play in a mixed environment. We recognise that girls have different needs, so if we actually want to increase participation we have to give them a choice and give them lots of opportunities to give it a go.”
– Holly Nixon, NZ Football Women's Development Manager

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