Makerere Journal of Higher Education

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Social Cultural Factors Influencing Women’s Participation in Sports as Perceived by Female Students of the University of Ilorin

OR Joshua, OO Adeoye, O Ibrahim


This study investigated the socio-cultural factors influencing women’s
participation in sports as perceived by female undergraduates in the University of Ilorin. Two hundred female undergraduate students residing in school halls of residence were involved in the study. These were selected using simple randomsampling. A twenty-two item questionnaire based on  socio-cultural factors influencing female participation in sports was administered to the respondents. The findings were that culture, family background, religion, peer grouping and gender influence females’ participation in sports. In view of this, it was recommended that government should encourage participation in sports by providing scholarship and other incentives to female athletes who excel in any
sports competition while mass media should organize enlightenment programmes that will mitigate the socio-cultural factors hindering women’s involvement in sports.

Keywords: Student support services; Sports participation; Gender.
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