Olympic heroine Victoria Pendleton calls for girls PE rethink

Girls playing hockeyOlympic and World cycling champion Victoria Pendleton last month called for a ‘radical rethink’ in the way sport is taught to girls in British schools.

Following recent statistics which show that girls leaving school are half as likely as boys to be physically fit, Pendleton has stated that she does not believe that PE lessons are planned with girls in mind, stating “The way sport is done at school is the stuff of nightmares for girls.”

“Some girls and some schools like traditional sports like football, hockey and netball; but others might want to try something completely different like street dance or self-defence.”

“The important thing is that we stop this silly idea that sport isn’t for girls.”

Ms Pendleton was speaking at the launch of the Youth Sport Trust’s latest initiative to tackle this lower level of participation by girls – the Girls Active Camp at Loughborough University.

Funded by Sport England and run in partnership with Women in Sport, the Girls Active Camp saw girls between 14 and 16 take part in sports sessions and leadership workshops, intended to turn them into champions for sport.
 
 

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