The Guide is written for anyone, in any country, who endeavours to help adolescent girls access their SRHR through sport. It is ideal for an individual or grassroots organisation interested in building or improving sport programmes for girls, including teams, girls' and women's organisations, schools, clubs and faith-based groups. It can serve as a reference for coaches, facilitators, international sports and development organisations, donors, sport governing bodies, caregivers, researchers, and policy makers. The ideas in this guide can be applied directly to small groups of girls, as well as for informing larger, multinational initiatives.
This guide aims to provide you with:
• an overview of SRHR including definitions, international frameworks, policies and approaches;
• information on the SRHR challenges currently facing adolescent girls;
• the capacity to improve and sustain effective sports programming to provide for the SRHR needs of adolescent girls, especially those aimed at promoting healthy behaviour through sport and life skills-based information and education; and
• the ability to create a safe and supportive environment for adolescent girls, through sport, which acknowledges their evolving capacity to develop positive behaviour and skills in relation to SRHR.
Throughout this guide the reader will find links to the award-winning Goal Programme. The Goal Programme is a community investment initiative that uses sport and life skills education to transform the lives of adolescent girls. Launched in India in 2006 and implemented in more than 15 countries, the programme focuses on their personal and economic development through skill building. The free, 10-month long curriculum is designed to be paired with regular sport participation and includes four modules:
1. Be Yourself - about communication, building self-confidence and valuing what it means to ‘be a girl’
2. Be Healthy - about general health, reproductive health, and hygiene
3. Be Empowered - about rights, freedom from violence, and an understanding of how to access resources and institutions in the community
4. Be Money Savvy - about financial literacy, saving and spending money, understanding earning and self-worth