Flemish Minister of Sport Ben Weyts (N-VA) is making 500,000 euros available to support projects that should activate more girls and women within sport, both as athletes, supervisors, coaches and club administrators. He announced that today.
“Sport participation is increasing in Flanders, also among girls and women, but they are still lagging behind somewhat compared to boys and men,” says Weyts. For example, women make up 41 percent of all athletes and only a third (33 percent) of the number of trainers are women. Of the board members in the Flemish sports clubs, on the other hand, only a quarter (26 percent) are women and of the board members in the sports federations only 16 percent. In addition, girls stop exercising more often than boys.
That is why Weyts is allocating 500,000 euros to activate more girls and women in sports. In concrete terms, 75 Flemish sports federations will be able to submit a project until 1 November. In January 2023, Weyts will announce which innovative projects on the participation of girls and women can be concretely supported and developed in the field.
“Targeted and specific projects such as Zij aan Zij of Cycling Vlaanderen and Futbalista of Voetbal Vlaanderen have already proven to be very effective. We hope that several sports federations can develop such a project through this call”, concludes Weyts.
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