A report by the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation says that girls are not getting enough exercise and that half of all the girls surveyed are put off exercise by their experience of school sport and PE. Barbara has welcomed the research done for the report, which highlights the gap in participation in sport between boys and girls.
In the survey, 45% of girls felt that sport is too competitive and over half of both boys and girls agree that there are more opportunities for boys to succeed in sport. Although in Year Four of primary school, girls and boys are doing similar levels of physical activity by Year Six girls are doing considerably less exercise than boys – a gap that widens as girls reach Year Nine.
“Only 12% of girls aged 14 do enough physical activity to benefit their health.This report highlights the fact that girls are not being well-served by school sport and PE, which actually put them off taking exercise. If girls are not involved in sport or exercise, this can lead to problems from obesity to low self-esteem."
“It is crucial that we act on these problems in Salford. I am pleased that the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation are highlighting the issues and are writing to every headteacher and PE teacher in Salford to offer them practical guidance. We need our schools to make sport more appealing for girls and for them to aim to have 100% pupil participation in sport and fitness activities."