Daughters & Dads

We are delighted you and your daughter(s) are interested in participating in the Daughters and Dads (DAD) programme.

Taking part in regular physical activity is a powerful way of supporting the long-term health and wellbeing of children and through the DAD programme we want to encourage and empower fathers, and father figures, to play a greater role in supporting their daughter(s) to be physically active. The aim is to develop the girls’ physical confidence and skill as well as spread enthusiasm across the rest of the family.

We know, and want to change:

          Only 12% of girls aged 5-11 are meeting the chief medical guidelines for physical activity everyday (60+ minutes);

          Dads are a significant influencer of children’s attitudes and behaviours to sport and physical activity but tend to perceive it is the mother’s role to support girls to be physically active.

Who can participate in the programme?

You can participate in the programme if you:

          are a father, father-figure, with a daughter who currently attends primary school key stages 1 and 2 (aged 5-11);

          have the ability to participate in low-level physical activity.

If you have any health concerns about participating in this programme, we advise you to contact your GP before taking part in the programme – an outline on the physical activity you may undertake can be found below.

What would you and your daughter(s) be asked to do?

If you participate in this programme, you and your daughter will be asked to complete the following:

          Attend 11 sessions across the summer school term after-school at Merton Abbey Primary School

          You will be asked to complete a survey before the programme starts, on completion of the programme and 3 months after the programme finishes, with questions related to physical activity and father-daughter relationship

Although the DAD programme is focused on dads and daughter(s), mothers/partners and siblings are invited to attend the fourth session and are welcome to participate in home tasks.

Mother/partner attendance at the fourth session is an optional component of the programme to share your experiences. Neither you or your daughter’s participation in the programme will be negatively affected should they be unable to attend.

Programme overview

The DAD programme runs for 11 weeks and you and your daughter(s) which you will need to attend 11 sessions together. Sessions will be delivered by a trained facilitator from Fulham FC Foundation with relevant education, qualifications and background checks including DBS. Each session will last approximately 90 minutes and will explore a variety of factors that influence girls’ physical activity including emotional, physical, family and community.


Each session will be broken down into 3 components:

          15-minute review and introduction conducted for both dads and daughters;

          30-minute education session conducted separately for dads and daughters;

          45-minute practical session where dad and daughter(s) participate together.

The sessions will focus on:

          Parenting and behavioural strategies to improve physical activity;

          Fundamental movement skills (throw, catch, kick, strike);

          Rough and rumble play;

          Physical challenges to develop social-emotional wellbeing.

All participants will be provided with a programme handbook to take away.

What choices do you and your daughter(s) have?

Participation in this programme in entirely your choice. You will be included in the project if you have given your informed consent. If you or your daughter(s) do not wish to participate, you may withdraw from the project at any time without giving a reason. This decision will not disadvantage you in any way.

To request your space please email sobrien@fulhamfc.com or follow this link.

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