Supporting young women

to find confidence and

Move their way


Active NZ research shows Kiwis who reach the recommended global goal of at least 2.5 hours of moderate to vigorous physical activity a week are 51% more likely to have healthy mental wellbeing. Since being active reduces the chance of experiencing depression, it’s vital we support young people to be active, as it’s essential to their wellbeing.

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Stuff: This is ME

Stuff: Hear it for the girls

Stuff: Changing Habits

Stuff: Five great activities

Stuff: Mental Wellbeing

Stuff: How to Support


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Young women’s engagement in sport in a ‘pandemic’ world

Young women are being significantly impacted by the pandemic. Research focused on young women’s wellbeing during COVID-19 has revealed gendered differences, with the pandemic affecting girls’ mental health more than boys. Find out what this means for girls in our COVID-impacted world.

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Creating positive environments for young women

Sport NZ spoke with teenage girls and their friends across Aotearoa to explore themes around how they relate to physical activity. As a parent, caregiver, volunteer or sector leader, you can change the game to encourage and support young women in a COVID-changed world. Here’s how.

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Beyond Traditional Sport: The Benefits of Informal Sports for Young Women

In contrast to many traditional, organised sports that were designed by men for men hundreds of years ago, most informal sports developed in a different gender context. In this article, ProfessorHolly Thorpe discusses the benefits of informal sports participation, including action sports such as surfing, skateboarding, climbing, mountain biking, BMX riding, and parkour.

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  1. Take time to understand their concerns, fears, motivations and desires, and whether current physical activity choices add to their worries or support their wellbeing      
  2. Encourage all forms of movement- it’s not all about playing a sport and being in a team
  3. Most young women have at some point had an adult comment on their appearance or physical suitability for an activity. It’s important to create environments free of judgement and embarrassment
  4. Support opportunities to be active that fit around other life demands – that might mean online workouts at home, getting active at the beach with friends or even just walking to the shops or from the bus
  5. Understand the power of friendship and peers to motivate young women to join in and try new things