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What Girls need from Sports Uniforms

What Girls need from Sports Uniforms

Auckland
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"Objective: To advocate for the active lives of girls by changing school and sport policy and regulations relating to sport uniforms. Evidence: Research reveals sport uniforms available to girls (12 -18 years) play a critical role in making them feel comfortable and confident to play sport. A team of researchers at Victoria University conducted the study in collaboration with the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation (Victorian Government). Practical application: Findings were translated into recommendations and presented in an infographic to guide school and sport communities. These included that girls want: function over fashion; breathable stretchy material; dark coloured (over white) shorts; t-shirts; and varied uniform options, especially for girls aged 12 to 14 years. Immediate impact: Nationally, media embraced the findings and became strong advocates on the need for change and the importance of uniforms designed for girls based on their needs. Two weeks after the release of the infographic, Sport and Education departments addressed changes to grant programs to include funding for girls’ sport uniforms, and a national organisation announced a grant available to sport clubs for girls’ sport uniforms. One month after the release sport uniform policies and regulations in schools and sport associations began to change. Interactive workshop: Attendees will be provided with the infographic and stimulant questions asked to reflect and discuss the advocacy role they can play to change policies and regulations of sport uniforms for girls. 

Takeaways: 

  • A collaborative approach is required to create a ‘ripple effect’ for change
  • Clear messages that government, schools, sport clubs and the public can relate to are vital 
  • Sport uniforms for girls that make them feel comfortable and confident to play sport are key to activate their level of physical activity"
Lenses: 
Human Rights

Speaking team

Clare Hanlon
Clare Hanlon, Australia
Victoria University Melbourne
Sarah Styles
Sarah Styles, Australia
Sport and Recreation Victoria

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