GIRLS AND SPORT
New research for the Women's Sports and Fitness Foundation finds a gap between the amount of exercise girls and boys do at school.
The research was conducted by Loughborough University, which found big differences in the attitudes of girls and boys towards doing sport.
Eight-year-olds did similar levels of activity: about 60% of those questioned, both girls and boys, said they did regular exercise - at least an hour, five days a week.
But among 14-year-old girls, that figure had halved - only 31% said they exercised regularly, compared with 50% of 14-year-old boys.
The research found most girls wanted to do more physical activity, but many were put off by PE classes. Some saying that they did not like exercising in front of boys.
In conclusion the WSFF is writing to schools offering advice on how to make sports more attractive to girls.
At St. Dominic's High School for Girls we buck the trend of these released figures.
We are pleased to offer a packed timetable of sporting activities not only during the school timetable, but before school, at lunchtime and after school.
Competitive and non-competitive sports are offered including trampolining, netball, cheerleading, swimming, street dance, hockey, athletics, tennis, table tennis....the list goes on and on!
Our girls love their sport and there's always an activity for our girls of any ability to get involved in at school!