There are various barriers and imposed thresholds that cause disadvantage to a wide range of individuals. Intersectionality is often overlooked when working towards the removal of barriers, eg. Muslim women and girls, a disabled person representing an ethnic minority group, an older person with low income, etc.
While some of the barriers are practical, such as lack of access to transportation and infrastructure, especially for people with limited mobility, insufficient financial resources, lack of time, care duties and safety, other barriers are more personal, eg. self-confidence, body image, peer pressure. Finally, we should not forget about cultural prejudices like the male-dominated image of sport, sexual harassment and abuse incidents, assumptions about ethnicity.