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“Women in Sport -

A National Perspective”

28 October 2015

Maev Nic Lochlainn


Dept. of Transport, Tourism & Sport
Structure of Presentation
 Review of Relevant Research

- Keeping them in the Game, 2013

- Irish Sports Monitor, 2013 Annual Report

 Gender Gap - Policy Responses


“Keeping Them in the Game”
 ESRI / Irish Sports Council – published Sept 2013

 No difference in participation on leaving primary

 Clear gender gap on leaving secondary level

 Women no less likely than men


to take up sport as adults
Over the secondary school years….
70

60

50

40
ISC

30 NSC

20

10

0
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Proportion who continue with a sport
played in school, after Leaving School….
Irish Sports Monitor, 2013
 Ipsos MRBI/ Irish Sports Council – published 2014

 Analysis of nearly 9,400 questionnaires, aged 16+

 More females participating in sport (up 3.7% to 42.7%)

 Increases across all age groups, especially 25-44 years

 Significant narrowing Gender Gap– (11.8% to 9.3%)


Top 5!

1. Exercise

2. Swimming

3. Running

4. Dancing

5. Cycling
Women’s active participation in sport and exercise 2011 - 2013
14% 12.9%
12.4%

12%
10.0%
9.9%
10%
8% 7.4%
6.3%
5.7%
6%
4.4%

4% 3.5%
3.2%
2.3%
2.1% 2.3%
1.8% 1.9% 1.9%
2% 1.3%
1.6%
1.5% 1.3% 1.3%
1.3%
1.0%
0.9%

0%

2011 2013
Context for playing sport among women
2013

4.6%

36.8%
On own
35.8%
Casually with family / friends
Organised training / coaching
Organised competition

22.8%
Why do women play?
100%
89.6%
90%
80% 74.2%
71.0%
70%
59.1%
60%
50%
40% 36.0%
Female

30%
20% 17.6%

10%
0%
Improve health Relax Control Weight Spend time with Improve athletic Compete with
and fitness friends and skills others
family

Source: Irish Sports Monitor 2013 unpublished


Roles Carried out by volunteers
Perceptions of administration of sport at a national level

80%

70% 67.3% 67.9%

60%

50%

40% Male
Female
30% 28.0% 26.2%

20%

10%
0.2% 0.1%
0%
Too male dominated Too female dominated Balance is about right

Source: Irish Sports Monitor 2013 unpublished


Gender Gap - Policy Responses
 Women in Sport Initiative – launched 2005

 Physical Activity Plan – to be launched shortly

 Sports Policy - Consultation to be launched shortly


THANK YOU
e: maevniclochlainn@dttas.ie