Following earlier policy-related research commissioned by sportscotland on girls (Biddle et al. 2005), complemented by research on young women and sport by Sport England (Cox et al. 2006), it was appropriate to commission a synthesis of the evidence on participation by mid-life women. This and the earlier work are intended to inform the policies of both sportscotland and others who promote and provide for sport and other physical activity among women. The work will
also assist public authorities in meeting their equality duties by ensuring that their policies are equity proofed.
In her recommendations, Professor Brackenridge identifies research issues, particularly gaps in our knowledge and understanding, and implications for policy.
The knowledge gaps have implications beyond sportscotland. They are largely generic to the UK rather than Scotland-specific – although they have potentially valuable policy implications for Scottish sport – and we will explore these in discussion with the other national sports councils. A number will also be of interest to those who commission research into physical activity more broadly such as the health agencies, and those who fund research into women’s life course and lifestyles such as the Economic and Social Research Council.
We note the recommendation for agencies such as ourselves to gender proof our research commissioning procedures and research methodologies and we are addressing this in the context of the recent equity legislation.
The most important issues to arise from this review are the policy implications. As we seek to work using evidence-based policy, we need to know how those who promote or provide for sports opportunities for mid-life women should improve our approach. In its recommendations the review provides some principles on which we can build, summarised as the need to take account of women’s life course when planning for sports provision; to have more nuanced approaches to target groups; and to promote a de facto entitlement to women’s participation in sport and other physical activity.
Editor's comments - [ This research report was commissioned by sportscotland to review research on women’s participation in sport and other physical activity and draw out the policy implications. Another good Sport Scotland research report in our view; and just another valuable contribution to Sports development by the author, Celia Brackenridge. ] Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>
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Reference : Brackenridge, C. (2007). ‘Because I’m Worth it’ : A Review of Women’s Experiences of Participation in Sport and Other Physical Activity. Edinburgh: Sport Scotland
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