This year’s International Women’s Day saw the UK Government set out new standards for equal access to sports, making it clear that girls and boys should be offered the same sports during PE and extracurricular time in schools. The new initiative was inspired by the success of the Football Association’s (FA) #LetGirlsPlay campaign which aims to change perceptions and give girls a chance to play football within the school curriculum, as well as after school and at local clubs. Schools that successfully deliver equal opportunities for girls and boys will be rewarded through the School Games Mark, which will assess parity of provision in PE and extracurricular sport.
The government will provide support to schools on how to provide a minimum of two hours curriculum PE time through the upcoming refresh of the School Sport Action Plan. This package is backed by a cross-government funding to help boost sport and activities both inside and outside school hours, including over £600 million in funding over the next two academic years for the PE and Sport Premium and £22 million for the School Games Organisers (SGO) network. The new initiative aims to break down barriers and give every girl the opportunity to do the same sports as boys, as well as providing the minimum of two hours of PE, so every child can benefit from regular exercise.
At myphizz we are huge advocates of diversity and inclusivity, particularly in sport, so we are really pleased to hear this news. Go girls!