20 ways to get girls playing golf according to MPs

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim September 22, 2014 12:45

20 ways to get girls playing golf according to MPs

MPs have formulated a 20 point plan to get girls playing golf after it was revealed that the average golf club has less than three girls as members.

An inquiry carried out by the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee came up with 20 recommendations that would increase participation among girls in sports such as golf:

1. Best practice among schools is turned into common practice.

2. Improved training for coaches.

3. Schools need to be more imaginative in the type of sports that they provide for girls: while some enjoy team games like football and netball, or athletics, others would enjoy sampling a wider variety of activities.

4. Sports governing bodies should reach out to potential future players and spectators through forging links between local clubs and schools.

5. Schools should be made to focus more attention on the sports offered to girls. This might most easily be done by an amendment to schools’ Public Sector Equality Duty.

6. More joined-up government thinking.

7. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport Department for Health should publish an annual, joint report on women in sport.

8. Flexible and fun sporting activities will meet women’s needs.

9. Local authorities should provide some basic facilities at low cost, and this should be seen as a contribution to public health rather than as a leisure programme.

10. Programmes such as the Community Right to Bid should be reviewed to enable local people more easily to defend the open spaces and facilities that they value.

11. Schools should make their sports facilities available to local people.

12. More emphasis should be given to the needs of women, and of different groups of women, in the design and staffing of sports’ facilities.

13. Sport England should draw up a strategy to assist people with advice and small grants to help them try out alternatives to traditional facilities.

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14. The media should contribute to reinforcing the view that women’s sport is normal and worthy of interest. One example would be for more national newspapers to publish the results of women’s matches alongside the men’s. Another would be for journalists and commentators to refrain from discussing the appearance of sportswomen and from making derogatory comments about the ability of women in general to play sports.

15. Women’s sport should be inspired by other sporting organisations that have maximised media coverage.

16. The fact that fans of women’s sport are currently a market comparatively underexploited by commercial sponsors, and that female sports fans offer opportunities for new sponsors to become involved, should inspire sports governing bodies to offer imaginative deals to companies. Greater coverage of women’s sport in the media should increase the audience for such sport, and enhance the attraction of sponsorship.

17. Better pay for female athletes.

18. More women in senior management and board posts.

19. More female coaches.

20. ‘We support Sport England’s approach of reducing funding to NGBs whose performance is lacklustre and giving other bodies the opportunity to invest imaginatively in local schemes for boosting participation in their sports. We have been given enough evidence of popular initiatives to conclude that Sport England should actively seek out further opportunities beyond sport governing bodies to work with whichever groups know best how to reach and engage people locally.’

Committee chairman John Whittingdale said: “Good habits are learnt early and it is a sad fact that many girls are put off sport by school games lessons.

“Many of our recommendations therefore are aimed at increasing the variety of sports on offer and making it easier for girls and women to participate in locally available, affordable activities adapted to their lifestyles.”

 

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim September 22, 2014 12:45
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