In 2018, the federal government set a target to achieve gender equity in sport by 2035. According to Canadian Women and Sport (CWS):
• Sixty-two percent of Canadian girls are not participating in any kind of sport.
• A similar number of boys and girls start out in sport, but more boys stay involved in sport through to late adolescence, and across the lifespan. In fact, one out of three girls drop out of sport versus one out of ten boys.
• Factors that prevent girls from participating include low confidence, negative body image, poor perceptions of belonging and feeling unwelcome.
• One in four girls does not plan to return to sport after the pandemic.
Starting on Friday, January 28, 2022, the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) will host a Gender Equity in Recreational Sport Workshop Series: Optimizing Facility Use.
The series strives to build organizational capacity in four areas; organizational culture change and shared commitment, creative community engagement, facility design to attract and encourage use, and evaluating outcomes.
These workshops will include overall facilitation by a renowned Canadian expert; content based on research and input from recreation practitioners; success stories and examples to bring the topic to life; a focus on addressing girls, women and gender diverse individuals in a variety of leadership roles and measures of success for each topic; discussion among participants and questions for the experts.
The first workshop is entitled: Creating a Strong Culture and Shared Commitment. This will be on January 28 at 12:00 PM and the facilitator is Claire Tucker-Reid.
On February 7, 2022 the workshop will focus on the Understanding How Facility Design Can Attract and Encourage Use by Girls, Women and Gender-Diverse Individuals with Mary Chow as the facilitator
Evaluating Outcomes Using the Best Questions and Data will be the point of discussion on February 23, 2022 with facilitator Nancy Dubois
The last day, March 9, 2022, will be focusing on the topic Who are the People in Your Neighbourhood?, and Claire Tucker-Reid will also be the facilitator.
For more information about this series, visit https://cpra.ca/gender-equity-in-recreational-sport-workshop-series-optimizing-facility-use/