Fair play

Includes: Indoors, Communication, World issues

Activity time:
1 meeting


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Discuss the role of women in sport

Get girls discussing equality, and sharpening their debating skills


1. To set up the debate about women in sport you will need two teams. One will argue for and the other against a given statement, such as ‘Girls and boys have equal opportunities in sport’ or ‘Female participation in sport can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals’.

2. Give both teams some time to plan their arguments.

3. For the debate itself, each team will have a time limit in which to put across its arguments. They will then have the opportunity to answer any questions or make counter-arguments.

4. At the end of the debate, hold a vote to see if girls side with the ‘for’ team or with the ‘against’ team.

5. Here are some further questions about gender and sport that unit members could also consider.

  • How could girls be further encouraged to participate in sport?
  • How does sport empower girls and women?

You could also encourage them to find out about ground-breaking female athletes

Planning checklist

Safety notes

Discussing world issues can result in lively debate. Make sure everyone gets a say and manage any challenges from girls by following the guidance set out in our Guiding Conversation on behaviour.

If you plan on using the internet, read our advice on online safety.

Section Number of girls per adult
Rainbows 5
Brownies 8
Guides 12

How many adults are needed?

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2 adults needed