Six EFL club community organisations have announced their participation in Women in Sport’s 'Daughters and Dads (DAD) Active and Empowered' programme over the next two years.
The Leyton Orient Trust, The Albion Foundation (West Bromwich Albion), Foundation of Light (Sunderland AFC), the Middlesbrough FC Foundation and the Stoke City Community will all take part.
The initiative, in partnership with the Fatherhood Institute, the EFL Trust and the University of Newcastle, Australia, aims to increase physical activity levels, sports skills and the social-emotional wellbeing of girls aged 5-11.
Aiming to challenge the stereotypes around playing sport and engaging in physical activity, the programme enlists fathers to act as role models for their daughters and encourage participation.
Last year, eleven families took part in a successful pilot project of the programme, which is based on an Australian model. Over the next two years, the scheme will be supported by Sport England’s Families Fund through National Lottery funding.
Lee Warren, Innovation Manager for the DAD Project, said: “We’re delighted to have five new clubs involved in this project for the next two years alongside continuing our partnership with Fulham who have built strong foundations.
“We’ve already started to see the impact that the Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered programme can have on its participants and the long-term lifestyle changes that it can deliver. We’re looking forward to seeing these clubs support more families in their local communities to get active.”