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Fostering physical activity for teenage girls

This project is a collaboration between the Faculty of Sport and Education of the University of Western Brittany (UBO) in Brest, the secondary school ok Kerhallet and the Departmental Council of Finistère (France). Indeed, in the teenage years, girls drop out of sport more than boys, especially in economically and socially disadvantaged areas (Juanico, 2016; INSEE, 2017). Therefore, during three years, third-year bachelor degree students in sports management organized physical practices for schoolgirls between eleven and fifteen years old.

The purposes are of the project :

  • Raise students’ awareness of this issue of girls’ sports participation
  • Introduce teenage girls to new activities
  • Investing in different open-access public spaces to practice in order to encourage girls to use them
  • Foster situational interest (Kermarrec & al, 2014) with novelty, challenge, exploration and fun to practice to encourage girls to persist in physical activities.

In parallel, a research project carried out by the Sports Management Department team has highlighted several elements:

  • The importance of the role of friends and family in sustaining physical activity.
  • Gender stereotypes and the sexuation of sports practices are obstacles to girls’ participation.
  • A reflection is to be carried out on the sports activities practiced at school and in sports associations.

The continuation of the project will be the creation of a marine educational area in collaboration with the French office of biodiversity (OFB). Pupils will practice physical activities organised by the students (kayaking, orienteering race or walk, exploration games) to discover biodiversity in a natural marine area near the school. Then, the pupills will propose and carry out actions accompanied by the teachers to preserve biodiversity in this area.

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Country: France

Year: 2021-2022

Institution: Faculté des Sciences du Sport et de l’Éducation, Université de Bretagne Occidentale

# of students: 30

Person in Charge: Anne Bertin-Renoux

Email: anne.renoux@univ-brest.fr

Interaction with beneficiaries: Face-to-face

Academic Degree: Undergraduate

Discipline(s): Education | Physical practices

Community Service Area & ODS: Good health and well-being | Quality education | Reducing inequalities

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