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Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered program

Father helping his daughter hit a hockey ball

Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered program is an award-winning evidence-based initiative, proven to enhance the physical and social-emotional well-being of girls, developed by the University of Newcastle, Australia.

The program is for dads and their primary school-aged daughter(s) (K-6) and focuses on empowering young girls and improving girls’ fundamental movement skills through fun activities and one-on-one time with their dad.

So, if you’re a dad who wants to spend quality time with your daughter participating in fun physical activities, whilst learning how to improve her sport skills, confidence, self-esteem and resilience, book into a program.

Program information

The program involves a mix of both theory-based education sessions and fun practical activities.

Education sessions

For dads, the education sessions focus on proven parenting strategies to improve their daughters’ social-emotional well-being, sports skills and physical activity levels. Dads learn the unique and powerful influence they have on their daughter and parenting strategies to encourage gender equity.  

Daughters walk away feeling empowered with improved sport skills, confidence and self-esteem.

The daughters’ education sessions focus on developing key social and emotional skills including:

  • Self-control
  • Persistence
  • Critical thinking
  • Resilience
  • Self-reliance

Daughters learn how to design physical activity sessions at home and become ‘personal trainers’ to motivate their dad to stay active.

Practical sessions

The practical sessions focus on rough and tumble play, fitness and sport skills. 

Fundamental movement skills are the building blocks required to participate in most forms of physical activity.  

The program focusses on foundations skills necessary for a range of sporting activities including: 

  • Kicking
  • Catching
  • Bouncing
  • Striking and throwing 

Research shows  that children who are proficient in these fundamental movement skills are more likely to be active, fit and have higher levels of physical self-esteem throughout adolescence and adulthood.

The Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered program can accommodate any girl and a significant male figure in their lives. This might be a grandfather, uncle, older brother or trusted family friend. The program was designed to use male role models as agents of change, improving the physical activity levels, sport skills and social-emotional wellbeing of young girls. 

Frequently asked questions

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E.g., 22/08/2019
When What Where Vacancies
19 Aug to 29 Sep Daughters and Dads - Explorer Program Lake Burrendong Sport and Recreation Centre Places Available
15 Oct to 24 Nov Daughters and Dads - Explorer Program Lake Keepit Sport and Recreation Centre Places Available
16 Oct to 11 Dec Daughters and Dads - Classic Program Wagga Wagga PCYC Places Available
18 Oct to 20 Oct Daughters and Dads - Weekender Program Berry Sport and Recreation Centre Places Available
22 Nov to 24 Nov Daughters and Dads - Weekender Program Milson Island Sport and Recreation Centre Places Available
29 Nov to 1 Dec Daughters and Dads - Weekender Program Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre Places Available
6 Mar to 8 Mar Daughters and Dads - Weekender Program Point Wolstoncroft Sport and Recreation Centre Places Available