Three-Year Trend of Girls Reporting Same Barriers to Physical Activity in Schools
Periods, low confidence, and other people watching. New data has shown that girls are continuing to report the same barriers to physical activity in schools.
Data from the Youth Sport Trust’s Girls Active programme over the last three years has revealed the barriers remain the same, but periods have become a bigger concern for girls when doing PE in school over the last academic year.
A total of 27,867 girls surveyed by the charity reported the below as being their biggest barriers between 2018 and 2021:
· 37% of girls said their periods stopped them from getting active in school in 2020/21 vs 27% in 2018/19. A rise of 10 percentage points.
· 33% said they were not confident to get active in school in 2020/21 vs 30% in 2018/19. A rise of 3 percentage points.
· 33% of girls said other people watching them take part in physical activity in school put them off in 2020/21 vs 27% in 2018/19. A rise of 6 percentage points.
Through the Youth Sport Trust’s Girls Active programme, which is funded by the National Lottery through Sport England and supported by Women in Sport, it is empowering more girls to learn how to engage their peers and support teachers to remove barriers.
Source: Youth Sport Trust