According to the Youth Sport Trust’s Girls Active Campaign, by age 7, girls are less active than boys and this disparity widens as they move from childhood into adolescence, with secondary-age girls more likely to experience barriers to participation than boys, including declining body confidence.
In addition, Sport England’s Active Lives Children and Young People Survey (2019) estimates that 46.8 per cent of children and young people are meeting the new chief medical officer guidelines of taking part in sport and physical activity for an average of 60 minutes or more every day. Meanwhile, 29 per cent do less than an average of 30 minutes a day. These figures will have undoubtedly worsened during the Covid-19 lockdown.
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