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Women in Sport research released this year has found that too many girls are dropping out of sport and physical activity during teenage years and developing deep-rooted negative attitudes towards it, which act as barriers throughout life.
In June 2019 Youth Sport Trust released research around their Girls Active Project, the key points, motivators, barriers and considerations around why less girls are active than boys.
The latest Adults Active Lives release by Sport England shows that there are now 73.2% adults active for at least 30 minutes a week in Greater Manchester, which equates to 1.63 million adults. This is an increase of 6,300 from the survey 12 months ago. Although more people are moving we are still below the national average of 74.9%. The number of inactive adults has decreased to 26.8%, this equates to 596,800 who do not exercise for at least 30 minutes a week. This is above the national level of inactivity which is 25.1%
In Greater Manchester, people in the lowest socio-economic status groups are twice as likely to be inactive (36.7%) as those in the highest groups (17.8%).
The Chief Medical Officer states that UK adults should do 150 minutes, or more, of activity per week. That’s a little over 20 minutes per day, on average, and can take any form to suit age, ability, and preferences. However, in Greater Manchester, there’s a big variation in activity levels across different ethnic groups.