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Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered

An award-winning, evidence-based program proven to enhance the physical and emotional wellbeing of girls.

The Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered (DADAE) program is a unique program for fathers and their primary school aged daughters developed by the University of Newcastle.  The program educates and empowers girls alongside their fathers to improve physical activity, sport skill proficiency and social and emotional wellbeing.

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, then book into a program.

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.

Classic Program

  • One initial ‘dads/father figure only’ 2 hour information session,  followed by eight weekly 90 minute sessions for daughters and their dads/father figures. (slight variation to this format at some locations).
  • 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
  • The program is free for participants

2022 Calendar

Click the Classic Program location below to book. 

When What Where Date
26th April 2022 to 21st June 2022
Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered Program - Classic Tamworth Sports Dome -

The Office of Sport can also facilitate Daughters and Dads programs for corporate and community groups across out network of Sport and Recreation Centres. 

Contact us to find out more.

Weekender Program
 

 

  • 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 like kayaking and archery
  • 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
  • The program costs $208 for dads and $153 for daughters and includes accommodation, all meals and activities (Milson Island has an additional ferry cost)

2022 Calendar

Click the Weekender Program location below to book. 

When What Where Date
27th May 2022 to 29th May 2022
Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered Weekender Program Lake Keepit Sport and Recreation Centre -
27th May 2022 to 29th May 2022
Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered Weekender Program Milson Island Sport and Recreation Centre -
24th June 2022 to 26th June 2022
Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered Weekender Program Milson Island Sport and Recreation Centre -

Register your interest 

Term 3 and 4 2022 programs are coming soon. Register your interest here.

Corporate and community groups

The Office of Sport can also facilitate Daughters and Dads programs for corporate and community groups across out network of Sport and Recreation Centres. 

Contact us to find out more.

"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" 

Nick Hockley, CEO, Cricket Australia, Daughters and Dads Alumni

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