Lack of engagement in sport amongst girls and young women age 11-18 is a growing concern. More than 1 million girls who thought of themselves as sporty at primary school lose interest in physical activity as teenagers, according to a new survey by Women in Sport. Among respondents aged between 11 and 16, just 37% of girls enjoyed physical activity compared with 54% of boys. By age 17 to 18, just three in 10 girls would describe themselves as sporty, compared with six in 10 boys.

StreetGames Wales faciliatated a peer research project to tackle this challenge, with five teams of young people recruited from community organisations in our network to conduct research in their communities about what an attractive sport/physical activity offer looks like to girls and young women. Each team then created a business plan with their proposal for a suitable project to increase participation in sport and physical activity amongst women and girls.

As young people who have previously benefitted from StreetGames experiences, Lara, Carrie, Grace and Morgen wanted to be involved in this project to increase opportunities for girls to take part in sport and physical activity in Bettws, Bridgend.

Click on the image below to read more about their research and project proposal.

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