Women in Sport’s statement on Sport England’s Actives Live Children and Young People survey March 2019

March 2019

With just 14.4% of girls and 20.2% of boys reaching the recommended hour a day of physical activity, it is clear that there is more to be done to create positive attitudes in children, especially girls, towards sport and physical activity.

The latest survey has shown that girls are less likely to say they enjoy, feel confident or competent doing sport compared to boys. Moreover, young girls who are aged between 5 and 7 are also less likely to love playing sport.

The report also highlights that children from less affluent families are less likely to enjoy being active and have lower confidence and knowledge when it comes to taking part.

As a charity, we are determined to ensure that all girls can enjoy the lifelong benefits that sport, and physical activity provide.

To help achieve this, we are proud to be a partner of the Youth Sport Trust’s Girls Active programme and work with Sported through our partnership Project 51.

Later this year, we will be releasing new insight that places girls at the heart of the solution to the challenge this report clearly lays out.

Girls must feel more confident, competent and above all a sense of enjoyment when taking part in sport and physical activity.

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