By robert Posted on August 21st, 2014 in Sports Equip News
A report into women and sport last month has been unveiled by the Culture, Media and Sport Committee.
The report, based on recommendations from a recent inquiry, highlights concerns about the implications low participation rates by women and girls may have upon long-term health.
Highlighting statistics from a variety of sources, the report shows that whether comparison is made by ethnic group, income status or age, women and girls are far less likely to participate in sport than men and boys. Girls are also shown to give up participation in sport at an earlier age, and are less likely to continue participating in sport into adulthood.
Also noted was that many girls are put off participating sport at an early age, following negative experiences in school sport lessons.
The report suggests that a more imaginative approach is key to increasing engagement. Notably, the Committee recommends co-operation with other providers to make a wider range of sports activities available, better training for PE teachers, and a more equally division of finance between boys’ and girls’ sport.
Sallie Barker, Chief Executive of the Sport and Recreation Alliance commented on the report: “We welcome the broad and far-reaching recommendations that this report is making, many of which reflect what the Alliance has long called for and outlined in our evidence to the inquiry.
“Making school sport more accessible for girls and promoting physical activities other than competitive sport are just some of the recommendations we think would make a clear difference, as is the need to look at how we open up more leadership positions in sport to women.”