We’re delighted that the Girls Active scheme has been nominated for the national initiative #BeAGameChanger award with the awards ceremony taking place tonight in London.
Girls Active takes a partnership approach between teachers and girls, working together to understand what makes girls fully engage in PE, sport and physical activity and then provide inspiring and relevant opportunities for all girls, not just the sporty few.
Girls Active aims to tackle the growing gender gap between girls and boy’s participation in sport and physical activity emerges in the final years of primary education and is reinforced at secondary school. A decline in physical activity occurs for both boys and girls. However, there is only a small decline for boys (from in 53% in Year 7 down to 49% in Year 9). For girls in secondary schools however, activity levels fall sharply (from 49% in Year 7 to 31% at Year 9).
Through Girls Active we work with the Youth Sport Trust to provide the opportunity for some of the girls to become role models within their school, setting up leadership groups which focus on how they could make PE and physical activity more appealing to their peers.
The Girls Active Awards scheme launches in 2017, in celebration of the work these young leaders and their schools are doing to develop positive attitudes towards PE and sport and the achievements of girls. For more information on the Girls Active Awards visit http://girlsactive.youthsporttrust.org/