FBMA study explores Emirati youth’s sports preferences

FBMA study explores Emirati youth’s sports preferences
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The Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy (FBMA) has conducted a study to explore the sports preferences of female Emirati youth. What is it that the nation’s girls enjoy and through which sports and activities can we motivate them and inspire an active and healthier lifestyle? The study was conducted during the Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) PasSport programme by the FBMA. The programme took place at the Al Forsan International Sports Resort in Abu Dhabi from 24th April - 4th May 2016 with the participation of more than 1,800 girls in the age group of 10-12 years.

ADIB PasSport is a two week long activation programme that will allow girls from the ages of 10-12 and below to participate in a number of indoor and outdoor sports by trying a different sport every day. The girls will be given PasSports which will be their passport into the world of sports, as they travel from one sport to the next, collecting stamps that indicate their arrivals into and departures from those sports.

The study, covering a sample of 395 public school female students of age 10-12 years, showed that the vast majority (84 percent) prefers team over individual sports. It seemed that team sports are prioritized at school as well, with football, basketball, handball, volleyball and swimming taking up most of the physical education hours at school.

Interesting were the findings regarding the students’ most preferred sport, with 40 percent responding that swimming is their favourite sport, with football ranking second at 38 percent. The study also found a connection between parents’ exercising habits and children’s inclination to pursue sports outside school, and examined children’s motivation for exercising.

Held under the generous patronage of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and the support of Sheikha Fatima bint Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy (FBMA), and Chairwoman of the Abu Dhabi Ladies Club, the programme benefited from the FBMA’s long-lasting collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Education Council in facilitating daily trips for public school students to Al Forsan’s world class facilities, where they got to experience the advantages and positive impact that sports can have in their everyday life.

The program was designed around the theme of travelling, which symbolizes the journey a girl takes into the fascinating world of sports from a young age. At the start, each participant was given a PasSport which they had to fill with as many stamps as they could, in order to obtain their boarding pass at the end. Each stamp represented one out of a variety of individual and team sports offered, and the boarding pass that "passengers" obtained at the end was their ticket to a raffle draw where they could win a number of gifts aimed at advancing their sports education, like passes and packages for sports resorts, among others.

 

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