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Sported and Women in Sport launch a new ‘sport for change’ programme

Last Updated: 10/25/2017

Sported and Women in Sport have come together to launch a new Sport for Change programme to help girls in the most deprived areas of the UK to fulfil their potential by opening up access to sport. The programme is funded by Comic Relief as part of its Levelling the Field initiative. The joint programme seeks to help community sport groups in deprived areas of Scotland, South West England and the West Midlands. It aims to tackle gender stereotypes by improving the sport offering for girls and women and better meeting their needs. The community groups will benefit from expert workshops, gaining insights from Women in Sport’s research into the values and motivations that guide girls’ decision making, and how to apply these to the design, delivery and marketing of tailored sports activities. Each group will be supported by Sported volunteer mentors and regional managers for six months to embed the insights from the training and develop a business plan with a focus on girls’ engagement and inclusion. Additionally, nine girls from across the project will be identified as peer influencers. The girls will be coached and supported by Women in Sport to encourage their female peers to participate in sport and expand their aspirations. Read more below:

briefing paper

Policy Briefing - Engaging Girls in Physical Activity

Last Updated: 7/17/2017

A new policy report by researchers at the University of Bristol outlines the evidence on the gender participation gap in children. The work presented in the review can be used to support work on a local and national level to ensure that girls can be active and stay active throughout childhood and adolescence. The four findings with policy implications highlighted in the briefing are: 1. Peer power and girls activity 2. Parents can help motivate their daughters 3. Active travel is a promising way to increase girls’ activity 4. Active after school clubs are promising but need to be designed to appeal to girls and boys.


Girls on the Move Impact Statement 2005-2011

Last Updated: 4/7/2015

‘Girls on the Move’ was launched in 2005 to increase girls and young women’s physical activity levels by addressing barriers that prevent their participation.


Girls on the Move - Big Ideas Weekend

Last Updated: 2/16/2015

Girls on the Move (GOTM) is a Youth Scotland project that aims to increase physical activity levels amongst girls and young women.

case study

Fit for Girls Case Study Pack

Last Updated: 11/23/2011

A series of case studies showing how Fit for Girls has been implemented in different areas of Scotland.

briefing paper

Teenage Girls Physical Activity Summit

Last Updated: 3/21/2011

At the 2009 PAHA conference, the Minister for Public Health and Sport announced the intention to hold two summits focused on increasing levels of physical activity around teenage girls and older adults.

conference proceedings

Teenage Girls Physical Activity Summit - Commitments

Last Updated: 10/12/2010

At the 2010 Teenage Girls Physical Activity Summit, delegates were asked what their commitment to improving physical activity opportunities for teenage girls would be after what they had learned from the Summit.


Let's Make Scotland More Active: Feedback from 5 Year Review.

Last Updated: 3/11/2010

A presentation by Mary Allison, Director of Programme Design and Delivery, NHS Health Scotland on behalf of the Physical Activity 5 Year Review Group.

research review

Because I'm Worth It

Last Updated: 3/11/2010

This detailed report by Professor Celia Brackenridge reviews research on participation in sport and other physical activity by women, particularly mid-life women, and draws out policy implications.


Physical Activity Levels of Teenage Girls in Scotland Decline

Last Updated: 12/9/2009

The latest supplementary results from the 2008 Scottish Health Survey indicate that activity levels for girls have fallen from 63% in 2003 to 56% in 2008, with only 33% of teenage girls meeting the minimum physical activity recommendations for good health.

professional support materials

Increasing Demand for Sport and Physical Activity for Adolescent Girls in Scotland

Last Updated: 11/16/2009

This sportscotland (2006) report provides practical advice and guidelines for suppliers of sport and physical activity in order to increase the participation of adolescent girls. Contains excellent tips on how to engage adolescent girls in physical activity.


Evaluation of the ‘Girls on the Move’ Programme: Summary Report

Last Updated: 11/16/2009

Summary findings of the ‘Girls on the Move’ Programme from March 2005 to June 2008 for adolescent females (12 to 18 years old) in Scotland. A figure is also provided as a supplementary document in order to show the components and interactions that the programme used in order to increase participation. A Report to the Robertson Trust and the Scottish Government.


Physical Activity and Adolescent Girls – Knowledge Exchange Network

Last Updated: 10/28/2009

This feature has been developed to support a knowledge exchange network on physical activity in adolescent girls.

journal article

Promoting Physical Activity Amongst Adolescent Girls

Last Updated: 10/26/2009

Review of interventions to increase physical activity for adolescent girls.


Teenage girls- getting them active

Last Updated: 10/26/2009

A fact sheet that summarises a number of key issues related to teenage girls and physical activity.


Growing Up with Exercise

Last Updated: 10/26/2009

Leaflet that summarises the importance for teenage girls to maintain physical activity levels throughout adolescence.

professional support materials

Girls on the Run International

Last Updated: 10/15/2009

A website providing information on a running programme that aims to educate and prepare girls for a ‘lifetime of self-respect and healthy living’.

journal article

Long-Term Effects of a Physical Activity Intervention in High School Girls

Last Updated: 10/14/2009

Study to investigate the long-term effects of a physical activity intervention on adolescent girls.

journal article

Promoting Physical Activity in Middle School Girls: Trial of Activity for Adolescent Girls

Last Updated: 10/14/2009

Study that assesses the efficacy of an intervention that aimed to increase access, support and incentives for participation in physical activity.

journal article

Do adolescent leisure-time physical activities foster health and well-being in adulthood? Evidence from two British birth cohorts

Last Updated: 10/13/2009

Study that investigates the effect of physical activity in adolescence on adult health and well-being, especially in terms of reducing health inequalities.

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