Research and Impact

YST Girls Active: Research and Impact
Since 2013, we have been gathering insight and case studies that continues to inform the development of Girls Active and the support provided through the programme. Our most recent research findings were released in April 2019.

Each school participating in the programme administers a questionnaire which provides them with their own school insight report. This insight also contributes to a national picture of girls (and boys) participation and perceptions of PE, sport and physical activity.

2019 research

Published ahead of the second Girls Active Coaches Camp in April 2019, we published research which showed more than one in three girls have a desire to coach/lead in school but only a small number are currently taking up the opportunity. Some of the key findings of 25,720 girls and boys revealed that while girls aged 11 to 18 have a strong desire to have coaching and leadership roles in sport and across their education, only 8% are coaches and 16% are leaders. The research shows that girls who do take on coaching roles are happier and more body confident. You can read more about the findings here.

2018 research

The latest data from Girls Active through its Stepping Up for Change initiative, released November 2018, shows that there is a confidence crisis in young girls stopping them from getting active from the age of seven. The research involved 5,454 boys and girls aged 7 to 11-years-old across England. It shows that even in primary school, almost twice as many girls as boys report that a lack of confidence stops them being active in school. You can read more about the findings here.

2017 research

In November 2017, we released research in partnership with Women in Sport, which highlighted the large gender gap in attitudes to physical activity for teenagers that Girls Active is seeking to address. You can read more about the findings here.

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