Promoting Girls’ and Women’s Participation Across the Lifespan. Webinar Recording

A CAAWS panel discusses supporting girls’ and women’s participation across the lifespan, focusing on girls and young women, mothers, and women 55+. Access the webinar recording and download the presentation here.

Gender Equity Assessment Tools from CAAWS

Two Gender Equity Assessment Tools are avaialble to access from CAAWS.  The tools are targeted to help community sport and physical activity providers, as well as sport clubs and provincial/territorial sport organizations, take action to actively engage women and girls as participants and leaders throughout their organization. These tools help organizations assess current levels of gender equity, then set goals for improvement.  Download the Gender Equity Assessment Tools (available in English and French), and watch a recorded webinar about the new Tools. You can also download CAAWS’ “Actively Engaging Women and Girls: Addressing the Psycho-Social Factors”.

Actively Engaging Women and Girls: Addressing the Psycho-Social Factors”

Addressing the Psycho-Social Factors, is a new resource designed to increase opportunities for women and girls as both participants and leaders in the Canadian sport and physical activity system. The publication is a supplement to the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) foundation document, and complements other Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) resources. A valuable resource for everyone involved in sport and physical activity, it will support and guide those working with women and girls so they engage in, and maintain, healthy and active lifestyles.

Adolescent Girls’ Motivation to Engage in Various Physical Activity Environments. 

This research update from the Alberta Centre for Active Living summarizes a qualitative study that explored psychosocial factors related to adolescent girls’ motivation to engage in physical activity within the contexts of physical education, organized sport, and leisure time.

Additional Resources


(Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity)

CAAWS is a national non-profit organization dedicated to creating an equitable sport and physical activity system in which girls and women are actively engaged as participants and leaders. CAAWS provides a number of services, programs and resources to a variety of clients, including sport and physical activity organizations, teachers, coaches, health professionals and recreation leaders. Since 1981 CAAWS has worked in close cooperation with government and non-government organizations on activities and initiatives that advocate for positive change for girls and women in sport and physical activity.



Canadian Sport For Life

Canadian Sport for Life is a movement to improve the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada. CS4L links sport, education, recreation and health and aligns community, provincial and national programming. Canadian Sport for Life’s Long-Term Athlete Development framework is a seven-stage training, competition and recovery pathway guiding an individual’s experience in sport and physical activity from infancy through all phases of adulthood. Canadian Sport for Life and Long-Term Athlete Development represent a paradigm shift in the way Canadians lead and deliver sport and physical activity in Canada.

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Canadian Sport For Life Physical Literacy

What is physical literacy? Physical activity is a lot more fun when we’re physically literate. If we want children to be active for life, they need to develop physical literacy at a young age. offers coaches, recreation professionals and health practitioners access to a wide range of resources that can help people become physically literate.



National Coaching Certification Program

The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), launched in 1974 and delivered in partnership with the government of Canada, provincial/territorial governments,and national/provincial/territorial sport organizations, gives coaches the confidence to succeed.


InMotion Network

InMotion Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting physical activity for girls and women in Alberta. Our mission is to inspire and empower girls and women of all abilities in Alberta to participate in sport and physical activity. Girls and women have been underrepresented in the fields, courts, and pools, as well as the locker rooms and board rooms of Alberta. Most of us are familiar with the physical, social, and psychological benefits of physical activity, yet beginning at age twelve, girls’ involvement in physical activity declines until only 17% are active by age seventeen (Hay & Donnelly, 1996).


Moving & Choosing

Moving and Choosing is a community – based coalition promoting healthy growth and development and the prevention of child and adolescent obesity. Key objectives target building healthy school environments and improving access to high – quality curriculum education in nutrition and physical activity. Community partnerships link schools and families to programs which promote active living and increase food security.