1st Edition

Developing Sport for Women and Girls

Edited By Emma Sherry, Katie Rowe Copyright 2020
    274 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    274 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Women and girls are often excluded from organised sport or face challenges in accessing sport or developing within sport. This is the first book to focus on sport development for women and girls. It provides a theoretical and practical framework for readers in the emerging field of sport development.

    Developing Sport for Women and Girls examines both the development of sport, and development through sport with expert contributions from Australasia, North America and Europe. It offers critical analysis of contemporary sport development, from high performance pathways to engaging diverse communities to the use of sport to empower women and girls. Each chapter explores various contexts of sport development and sport for development theory with a specific focus on women and girls. It covers key topics such as health, education, sexual orientation and participation across the lifecourse, and features international case studies in every chapter.

    This is essential reading for students, academics, researchers and practitioners working in the area of sport development or sport management.

    1. Introduction   

    Emma Sherry and Katie Rowe

    2. Participation Opportunities and Pathways for Women and Girls

    Brianna L. Newland, Kim Encel and Pamm Phillips

    3. Developing Sport for Girls and Adolescents

    Rochelle Eime, Meghan Casey and Jack Harvey

    4. Developing Sport for Mothers with Dependent Children

    Clare Hanlon, Tracy Taylor and Wendy O'Brien

    5. Developing Sport for Older Women

    Claire Jenkin

    6. Developing Sport for Women and Girls with a Disability

    Andrew Hammond and Hannah McDougall

    7. Promoting LGBT+ Inclusion in Women’s and Girls’ Sport: Lessons from Australia

    Ryan Storr and Caroline Symons

    8. Developing Sport for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Women and Girls

    Hazel Maxwell and Megan Stronach

    9. Developing Sport for Indigenous Women and Girls

    Megan Stronach and Hazel Maxwell 

    10. Developing Sport for Women and Girls in Underserved and Low Socioeconomic Communities

    Katherine Raw

    11. Empowering Women and Girls Through Sport

    Emma Seal

    12. Developing Sport for Women and Girls: Education 

    Ruth Jeanes

    13. Gender, Sport and Livelihoods

    Rochelle Stewart-Withers

    14. Promoting Health for Women and Girls Through Sport

    Katie Rowe and Emma Sherry

    15. High-Performance Athletes

    Lisa Gowthorp

    16. Coaches and Officials

    Donna De Haan and Stacy Warner

    17. Athlete Protection and Duty of Care

    Popi Sotiriadou and Pamela Wicker

    18. Regulating High Testosterone in International Women’s Sport

    Madeleine Pape

    19. Professional Women’s Sport Leagues

    Chelsey Taylor

    20. Developing Sport for Women and Girls: Media Influence

    Merryn Sherwood


    Emma Sherry is an internationally regarded expert in the field of sport development and access and inclusion within the sport and recreation environment with the Swinburne University Sport Innovation Research Group. Emma currently sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Sport Management, Sport Management Review, the Journal of Sport for Development, Communication and Sport Journal and the International Journal of Sport Business Management.

    Katie Rowe is Senior Lecturer in Sport Management and a member of the Centre for Sport Research at Deakin University, Australia. Katie's research focuses on sport and active recreation participation and community development through sport, with a particular emphasis on issues of relevance to women and girls.