Sport England stats show Gender Sport Gap of 8%
Statistics from Sport England's 2018/19 Active Lives Children and Young People Survey, published last week, show an increase in both boys' and girls' activity levels, but still show an alarming gap of some 8% (319,200 children) between the number of boys who achieve the recommended amount of physical activity and sport (1.8m or 51%) and the number of girls (1.5m or 43%).
The report published in December 2019 shows a welcome increase of 3.6% in the number of children in England doing an average of at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day, but that there is clearly much more to be done in creating equity between boys and girls across the country.
Our own Totally Runable benchmarking stats support these findings. Our benchmarking exercise asks Primary school children to travel as far as they can in 10-15 minutes and looks at gaps between those who identify as boys or girls, as well as those children with special educational needs or disabilities, and those elegible for pupil premium funding. In the schools we have benchmarked in over the last term we have seen a worrying trend in results showing that boys outperform girls in fitness tests and in confidence ratings. These findings may not come as a shock to those working in education, but with budgets being ever squeezed in schools it is more important now than ever that PE and Sport Premium funding is spent by schools in a way that systematically encourages girls to be more active.
For more on how to create equity and not just equality for girls in sport, make sure your school is signed up to our FREE Girls and Sport Pledge for Schools.