The Minister for Sport, Mims Davies, has this week vowed to increase the number of females participating in sport stating that it will be one of the ‘cornerstones’ that the government will be driving as they look to increase sports participation. This comes off the back of the Sport England Active Lives survey for children and young people last week and ahead of the cross – departmental school sport action plan being launched later in the spring.
What does female participation look like in Greater Manchester?
In Greater Manchester 28.6% of females (16+) are inactive this is 2% higher than the national average at 26.4%. For 5-15 year olds the figure increases to 37.3%. The gender gap for inactivity levels between males and females is now at 2.8%, this is closing but there is still work to do.
Louise Entwistle, Development Officer (Inclusive Communities) welcomed the Minister of Sport's comments and said;
"Working collaboratively with our partners here in Greater Manchester, we are working to reduce the inequality in sport, of which gender is one aspect. It is therefore great to hear these comments from the Minister of Sport."
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