Research on Girls sport participation in school revealed
Women in Sport, a leading UK gender equality charity, today (25 April) released findings following a two-year project aimed at improving the provision of PE for girls in schools.
Changing the Game for Girls: In Action makes tried and tested recommendations that are now being applied in schools across the country, to provide a solution to the alarmingly low levels of girls’ playing sport.
Only 7% of girls currently meet the government recommendations for physical activity and a third of girls age 12-15 in England are classified as overweight or obese.
Funded by the Department of Health, the new research aims to inspire girls to take part in and enjoy sport at school, developing a positive relationship with sport from a young age as a long term, effective way to stay healthy throughout their adult lives.
Women in Sport developed and piloted new approaches and interventions for girls at 25 schools across England.
Additionally, Women in Sport discovered that the positive impact of further physical exercise for girls in school included increased concentration and improved behaviour, as well as important transferable skills useful for better negotiating day-to-day living, such as personal growth and increased self-esteem.
Women in Sport supported schools, through the work of a Schools Relationship Manager that it provided, to connect with partners, facilities and services in their local communities and promote local sportswomen as role models.
The pilot also addressed deeply ingrained issues around body image and self-confidence which research by Women in Sport shows contributes to preventing girls from being more active.
Women in Sport has put its recommendations forward from the research and in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust, is now putting the findings from Changing the Game for Girls: In Action into practice through a nationwide programme, Girls Active, currently working in over 90 schools.
Ruth Holdaway, Chief Executive of Women in Sport, said.
“At Women in Sport, we believe that getting girls active at an early age, ensuring they have a positive, empowering relationship with sport, is the key to them continuing to play sport and stay healthy through their adult lives.
“This, we believe, is an effective and long-term way to tackle the entrenched gender gap in sports participation – and a key method to truly transform sport for the benefit of every woman and girl in the UK.”
To read more about the research, visit the Women in Sport website by clicking here