As reported in Sport England’s Active Lives Children and Young People Survey Academic year 2019/20, it is widely understood that girls are some of the least active members of society. Within this population, further differences can be seen between girls of different ethnicities, ages and abilities.
Sport England’s ‘Active Lives 2019/20’ data shows that Asian girls are less likely to meet the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) guidance of participating in 60 minutes of activity a day, compared to White British girls (36.4% vs 45.4%). The percentage of Asian girls participating in less than an average of 30 minutes of physical activity a day is 11.2 percentage points higher than White British girls (39.3% vs 28.1%).
There is currently a lack of Asian girls accessing both participation and leadership opportunities through football. This research formed part of the work funded by The Football Association to provide a better understanding of the specific demographic of Asian girls. It was an insight piece of work, using a sample of the target population.