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Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered Program

Father helping his daughter hit a hockey ball

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What is Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered?

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

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.

If you are a dad who wants to spend quality time with your daughter, do fun physical activities, and learn how to improve her sport skills, confidence, self-esteem and resilience, book into a program.

Who is it for?

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

Hear more about the Daughters and Dads program from Professor Phil Morgan and the experience of program participant, Nick Hockley.

Nick Hockley

Interim CEO, Cricket Australia

Daughters and Dads Alumni

"The Daughters and Dads weekend I went on was in a beautiful place called Milson Island and was great opportunity for my daughter and I to spend quality time  together with other fathers and daughters.

It’s a fantastic initiative from the Office of Sport and the NSW Government and I encourage Daughters and Dads to sign up and get involved"

Program information

There are two different Daughters and Dads program offerings including our ‘Classic’, weekly program and our ‘Weekender’, condensed residential program at a Sport and Recreation Centre.

Our Daughters and Dads Classic program includes:

  • One initial ‘dads/father figure only’ 2 hour information session,  followed by eight weekly 90 minute sessions for daughters and their dads/father figures.
  • Each week involves a short theory session focusing on ways to build confidence, self-esteem and resilience in girls followed by a practical session focusing on fun rough and tumble play, fitness and sport skill activities
  • The emphasis is on fun and the program caters for all physical activity and skill levels
  • Daughters and dads receive a program t-shirt and drink bottle 

Our Daughters and Dads Weekender program includes:

  • A two-night weekend stay at a Sport and Recreation Centre.  Each dad and their daughter will have their own room at our scenic centre and your stay includes all outdoor recreation activities and meals.
  • Participants complete elements of the Classic Daughters and Dads program over the weekend combined with some traditional camp adventure activities
  • Our fun practical sessions focus on rough and tumble play, sport skills, and fitness 
  • Our theory sessions focus on building confidence, self-esteem, and resilience in girls
  • The emphasis is on fun and the program caters for all physical activity and skill levels
  • Daughters and Dads both receive a program t-shirt and drink bottle 

Can’t see a program in your area? Register your details to be contacted when new programs open HERE

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If you don't know which region to choose, you can view a map of regions.

E.g., 15/06/2021
When What Where
20 Apr to 15 Jun Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered Program - Classic Oxley Vale Public School, TAMWORTH
27 Apr to 22 Jun Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered Program - Classic Monaro High School - Innovation Hub, COOMA
27 Apr to 22 Jun Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered Program - Classic Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation Centre
14 May to 16 May Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered Weekender Program (Program Full) Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation Centre
14 May to 16 May Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered Weekender Program (Program full) Lake Burrendong Sport and Recreation Centre
21 May to 23 May Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered Weekender Program (Program full) Milson Island Sport and Recreation Centre
28 May to 30 May Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered Weekender Program Lake Keepit Sport and Recreation Centre
26 Jul to 12 Sep Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered Program - Classic Point Wolstoncroft Sport and Recreation Centre