- Three sports join forces to encourage more participation in team sport for 7-13 year old girls
- Cricket, Hockey and Netball aim to increase participation by 150,000 in three years
- Three World Cups; Cricket 2017, Netball 2018 and Hockey 2019
- 5,000 schools to sign up year-on-year; 650 have signed up so far
- Campaign promotes training for teachers to be able deliver effective lessons
- Adult male participation in sport 51.7%. Women’s participation in sport 31.7%
Women’s sport across the UK is set for a huge boost in 2017 as netball, cricket and hockey ‘Team Up’ ahead of three successive world cups to breakdown barriers to participation in female team sports.
Female participation in sport is at an all time high according to Sport England’s Active People Survey with over 7 million participants enjoying sport, a 250,000 increase from 2014, and the number looks set to increase further in the future.
Leading into three successive World Cups – Cricket in 2017, Hockey in 2018 and Netball in 2019 – the campaign is aimed at girls aged between 7-13 and hopes to increase participation in team sports by 150,000 over three years.
An objective of signing up 5,000 schools year-on-year, so far 650 schools across England have signed up including 42 in the East Midlands – 11 located in Derbyshire.
— TeamUp Sport (@teamupengland) October 26, 2016
— England Netball (@England_Netball) October 4, 2016
Jo Adams, CEO of England Netball believes that there is still a stigma attached to sport for young girls, but believes that TeamUp will help to breakdown the boundaries through effective teaching through newly formed coaching skills.
“We’re hoping we have five-thousand schools sign up per year, we want to up-skill teachers and be able to provide the opportunity for young females to participate in a team sport that maybe they haven’t played before.”
Jo added: “Some people can be critical of it [barriers and boundaries in female sport] but it’s about girls being body conscious, young girls are worried about being sweaty and not being seen as feminine – we want to break down those barriers.”
New figures released by the government – via Sport England’s Active People Survey – show that as a whole 57% of adults do not participate in any sport, whilst the gender breakdown reveals that 40.7% of men play sport compared to just 31.7% of women across all age groups.
A way to improve these figures is to increase activity from a young age and in 2016 there has been a surge of interest and subsequent development in women’s sport across the UK.
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With 700 female teams nationally – 70 in the East Midlands and 12 in Derbyshire – the ECB‘s Regional Growth Executive for the East Midlands, Jack Arnold, believes its a great time to get involved in women’s cricket.
“We are showcasing women’s cricket with the world cup approaching and the Kia Super-League and there are benefits of learning team sports, such as communication, team-work and leadership.
Above: Jack Arnold discusses the ECB’s role in Team Up England’s campaign
“But we also want to alter the perception that cricket is aimed at men and that it’s all about white and red balls, and nine hours on a Sunday – it’s more than that.”
He added: “There are shorter versions of the game that are aimed at making it fun, dynamic and sociable, we can, and do, engage with women at all levels.”
If you are a school interested in signing up for ‘TeamUp’ you can do so by clicking here.
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