Girls Active is funded by Sport England National Lottery and delivered by Youth Sport Trust in partnership with Women in Sport. Girls Active aims to tackle declining participation in physical activity by adolescent girls and its associated implications for health, wellbeing and academic attainment. The programme takes a partnership approach between teachers and girls working together to understand what makes girls fully engage in PE, sport and physical activity and then provide and ‘sell’ inspiring and relevant opportunities for all girls, not just the sporty few.
Girls Active has already made a positive difference, with schools reporting that it is improving girls’ attitudes to school, raising girls ‘confidence and self esteem and increasing levels participation in sporting activities and fitness among girls. These results are significant. From our Girls Active pilot completed in 2014, the numbers stating they were happy with the way their bodies look more than doubled while those unhappy with the way their body looked more than halved.
The Girls Active Awards scheme launches in 2017, in celebration of the work schools are doing to develop positive attitudes towards PE and sport and the achievements of girls, with regards their own levels of physical activity but also that of their peers. The Girls Active Awards will recognise the achievements of girls and their schools in increasing participation, since the inception of the project.
“Teenage girls are the solution to changing attitudes to sport. Through Girls Active, they can be positive role models who ‘’sell’ PE to their peers”