FACTORS INFLUENCING THE PARTICIPATION OF WOMEN IN THE LOCAL FOOTBALL LEAGUES
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate the factors influencing the participation of women in the local football leagues.
Methodology: The study adopted a descriptive survey design. It was conducted in Gatundu North and Thika West. The target population for this study was the 8 and 6women football teams in Gatundu North and Thika West districts, respectively. Focus group discussion guide, Interview schedule and Questionnaire were the instruments of data collection. The study mainly yielded qualitative data. This was sorted out, analyzed quantitatively and presented in tables.
Results: The study established that participation of women in the football leagues was influenced by several factors. Some women played football simply because they loved the game and because they found it exciting and fun. Those who were students in Thika West participated in football because they hoped that football would improve their lives in terms of keeping healthy and fit and learning especially reproductive health. Other respondents also considered it is a platform for socialization and making new friends.
Contribution to Theory, Practice and Policy: The study recommended that the National government, county government as well as the Football Kenya Federation should be keen on women football and give it the attention that it deserves in order to improve their participation in football.