THE WOMEN IN SPORT (WIS)PROJECT
FROM PARTICIPATION TO PERFORMANCE
The WIS Project was founded in January 2020 by Orna Murray, a social entrepreneur with a Masters in Health Psychology and Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Psychology. Having worked with athletes and been involved in sport her whole life Orna is in a unique position to see and understand the lack of specific supports for girls and young women in sport.
“I believe that sport and physical activity is for everyone. It is there to be enjoyed by all members of society, men and women of all ages and abilities”
High Drop Out Rates
Adolescent girls are dropping out of sport and physical activity at twice the rate of boys their age. We see a sharp fall in the numbers of young girls playing sports by the age of fourteen*. Recent figures highlight that 80.5% of girls are not meeting the recommended levels of physical activity, with Ireland having one of the largest gender gaps in sports participation*.
We Address Issues SpecificTo Young Girls
The WIS Project addresses the barriers to sport and physical activity for girls. Issues specific to young girls such as; the onset of menstruation, peer pressure, lack of encouragement, subconscious gender stereotyping, school work perceived as being more important and playing sports not seen as feminine (body image & confidence) all play a role in sports participation among young girls.
Develop Physically, Socially & Emotionally
Low levels of sport and physical activity at such an early stage results in fewer opportunities to develop physically, socially and emotionally in a safe and non-judgemental environment*. Sports teams, dance groups and running communities for example all provide these types of support. Reduced participation in sport and physical activity regardless of the level, has both short-term and long-term consequences, as many habits of adulthood are tracked back to childhood and early adolescents.
Amongst other things the WIS Project delivers educational workshops to girls and young women around Ireland, encouraging participation at all levels. Ensuring girls believe that physical activity and sport have a place for them and their friends. This project provides an online resource to follow on from the workshops that offers girl reliable support with clear language and practical advice based on the latest scientific research that enables them to address the challenges they may face. A fundamental aspect of this project is to work with teachers and coaches in encouraging them to support participation at all levels.
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