The Effectiveness of a Model to Promote Girls’ Team Sport

Team sport

A team sport is a game or sport where the fundamental nature of the sport necessitates the participation of multiple individuals working together as a team, and it would be inherently impossible or highly impractical to execute the sport as a single-player endeavour. Typically team sports are highly demanding of both physical and psychological resources and require a high level of coordination between players.

Team sports involve collaborating with a diverse slate of teammates, many of whom can become positive role models for the athlete. These interactions can teach the athlete to be adaptable and persistent in a variety of situations, while also developing leadership skills. Having a close-knit team can boost motivation to push hard in training, and the opportunity to celebrate wins and share the burden of losses in a safe and supportive environment.

In addition to the social benefits, participation in a team sport can help improve communication and interpersonal skills. Athletes learn to listen carefully to locker room pep talks and pick up nonverbal cues from teammates, and they develop a sense of responsibility for their actions in the game and for the success of their teammates. This translates into effective workplace communication, enhanced problem-solving and the ability to work well in a fast-paced environment.

However, there are barriers to girls’ participation in team sport, and evidence for the effectiveness of interventions aimed at increasing their participation is limited. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of a model that combines community sports clubs with local authorities and schools to promote participation in team sport.