Two million fewer girls play sport regularly than boys.
Sport England have found that by age 14, fewer than 10% of girls achieve the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day. Not only is this worrying for health and fitness, a lack of sport and getting active from an early age can lead to a life of inactivity.
A main driver of this is a ‘fear of judgement’ – a fear of being the wrong size, not being ‘good enough’, not being fit enough or not skilled enough to engage in sport and other physical activity. This is a major hurdle that needs to be overcome to get girls active for life and moving through the Play, Learn, Compete journey.
In addition to this, a lack of facilities, a male-orientated PE programme and curriculum restraints are just some of the many factors adding to the growing gender gap.
Despite the above, 75% of girls say they want to be more active. So how can we keep them engaged?
It is vital that all girls have the opportunity to take part in high quality PE and sport from an early age in order to be enthused for a life time of activity. Below are some current schemes and ideas to help you keep girls active at your school…
Funded by Sport England, in partnership with ‘This Girl Can’ and ‘Women in Sport’, Girls Active is a simple planning framework to help teachers and girls work together to address their needs. The main objective is to help teachers understand what motivates girls to take part in PE and sport, develop an action plan based on the feedback and ultimately increase girl’s participation in sport.
To become involved and get more girls active at your school, you can join by clicking here.
In partnership with Golf Foundation, England Golf and the County Associations, ‘Girls Golf Rocks’ is national project which is all about attracting girls to have fun, learn a new sport, get active and play alongside friends – with no pressure. Girl golfers from county squads act as ambassadors to share their enjoyment and inspire other girls.
To find out more, click here.
Delivered in partnership with The FA, Premier League Girls Football aims to provide opportunities for girls to take part in football. Clubs deliver innovative sessions such as glow in the dark football and soccercise to emphasise the fun and social element of the sport whilst getting and active, allowing participants to progress at their own pace and make friends at the same time.
To get involved, click here.
If you need any advice on how to get girls active or want to share a great way of getting girls engaged in sport, feel free to leave a comment below…