CAAWS & CANADIAN SPORT FOR LIFE

“Actively Engaging Women and Girls: Addressing the Psycho-Social Factors” is a supplement to the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) foundation documents. The purpose of this resource is to increase awareness about the experiences of women and girls, and provide recommendations to address the psycho-social factors that influence female athlete development, leadership and life-long participation in sport and physical activity.

The publication has since provided a platform for related projects and additional publications to support sport and physical activity organizations to take action to actively engage women and girls.

As a catalyst for change, CS4L offers an opportunity to address the recognized shortcomings of the Canadian sport system, including conventional sport and physical activity programming and the Long-Term Athlete Development framework. It is time to create optimal conditions and systems that support women and girls to be active at all stages of participation and competition, as coaches, officials, leaders and in other roles related to sport and physical activity.

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Publications:

Actively Engaging Women and Girls: Addressing the Psycho-Social Factors. A Supplement to Canadian Sport for Life
Full document, 58 pages (.pdf, 1.1 MB)

Supplements
Recommendations for Families and Caregivers (.pdf, 323 KB)
Recommendations for Community Program Leaders and Coaches (.pdf, 323 KB)
Recommendations for Educators and School Administrators (.pdf, 314 KB)
Recommendations for High Performance Coaches and Leaders (.pdf, 315 KB)
Recommendations for NSOs and P/TSOs (.pdf, 322 KB)
Recommendations to Make Sport More Welcoming to Sexual and Gender Diversity (.pdf, 323 KB)

NEW Publications

Gender Equity Assessment Tools
Two practical tools designed to help sport and physical activity organizations assess whether their programs, services and facilities meet an acceptable standard of gender equity. Results will help organizations actively engage women and girls as participants and leaders.

Download the Tools
Gender Equity Self-Assessment Tool: Community (.pdf, 848 KB)
Gender Equity Self-Assessment Tool: Sport Clubs and PTSOs (.pdf, 848 KB)

Videos

Hear from the experts about persisting barriers, key issues, and successful strategies to actively engage women and girls. Use these short, practical videos to improve your understanding of the issues, spark conversation during a meeting or lecture, or as a tool to reinforce action for women and girls within your organization. Developed with funding from the Government of Ontario.
•    Karin Lofstrom – Actively Engaging Women and Girls
•    Sylvie Béliveau – Les stéreotypes
•    Kathy Brook – Physical Literacy for Women 55-70+
•    Isabelle Cayer – The Importance of Women in Coaching
•    Chandra Crawford – The Power of Role Models
•    Chandra Crawford – The Importance of Social Belonging
•    Guylaine Demers – Les barrieres pour les femmes
•    Vicki Harber – Physical Literacy
•    Louise Humbert – Positively Impacting Girls and Young Women
•    Lori Johnstone – LTAD for Girls and Young Women
•    Lori Johnstone – Applying a Gender Lens to LTAD
•    Dean Kriellaars – Addressing the Gender Gap
•    Dean Kriellaars – Movement Skills and Participation

Webinars 

New! LTAD Considerations to Actively Engage Girls and Young Women
The Canadian Sport for Life movement and use of long-term athlete development (LTAD) pathways are improving the delivery of sport and physical activity in Canada. However, a number of bumps, roadblocks, and dead ends exist along the LTAD pathway for girls and young women. Discussion will focus on a number of key issues central to supporting girls and young women as athletes and leaders, including training environments, injury prevention, role models, and “on- and off-ramps”. Practical recommendations will be provided for coaches, recreation leaders, teachers, and sport administrators. For more information click here.

Past Webinar Recordings

This series of webinars addresses a range of important topics to increase the capacity of community, regional and provincial/territorial sport and physical activity organizations to actively engaging women and girls. Delivered with funding from the Government of Ontario.
•    Creating Inclusive Environments for Women and Girls
•    Promoting Girls’ and Women’s Participation Across the Lifespan
•    Assessing Gender Equity in your Programs and Services
•    Policies on Paper vs. Policies in Action
•    Actively Engaging Women Leaders
•    Engagement actif des femmes dans le leadership
•    Engaging Newcomer Girls and Young Women in Sport and Physical Activity
•    Making the Links between Mental Health and Physical Activity for Girls and Young Women
•    Leading the Way: Working with LGBT Athletes and Coaches
•    Montrer le chemin : Travailler avec des athlètes et des entraîneurs LGBT
•    Ontario CS4L Success Stories
•    “Manswers”

Read the webinar descriptions and download the recordings.

Past Presentations

Actively Engaging Women & Girls – Quality Community Programs
2015 Canadian Sport for Life Summit
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Actively Engaging Women and Girls: Moving Towards Sustained and Embedded Action
2014 Canadian Sport for Life Summit
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Actively Engaging Women and Girls: Promising Practices from the Canadian Sport and Physical Activity Sector
2013 Canadian Sport for Life Summit
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Actively Engaging Women and Girls: Addressing the Psycho-Social Factors
2012 Canadian Sport for Life Summit
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ADVISORY COMMITTEE

• Sylvie Béliveau, Canadian Soccer Association, LTPD Manager
• Isabelle Cayer, Coaching Association of Canada
• Vicki Harber, Faculty of Physical Education & Recreation, University of Alberta
• Louise Humbert, Associate Dean, College of Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan
• Penny Werthner, Dean, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary
• Karin Lofstrom, Executive Director, CAAWS
• Sydney Millar, Consultant
• Lori Johnstone, Consultant