We hope our findings will be used to help teachers and other sports providers offer girls a more tailored programme of activities that meet
their needs and encourage wider participation.
This will give girls access to numerous physical and mental health benefits as well as the transferable skills and confidence. Whilst these findings provide a picture of girls’ needs, we would encourage schools and other providers to consult with any groups of young people they wish to engage as young people’s needs differ and change over time.
The following recommendations are suggested for schools as a way to engage girls in PE and physical activity. These recommendations are based on the principles of the Girls Active programme.
- Make PE and physical activity relevant to girls’ lives.
- Empower girls through involving them in design and delivery of PE and physical activities.
- Develop role models by using girls as positive influencers and advocates with their peer group.
- Place developing self-confidence at the heart of PE and physical activity.
- Recognise the power of friends to drive progress.
- Take a long-term approach to engaging girls