General Article Britain’s Olympic women ‘drive surge in sport for teenage girls’

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By Padraic Flanagan

Olympic success by Team GB’s women has helped trigger a surge in teenage girls taking up sport, according to a new report. Three in four girls aged 15 and 16 are now playing sport at school, compared with only one in two in 2015,  say researchers behind the Childwise report into children’s behaviour. The dramatic rise is also seen in girls playing sport in their own time, with half of all teenage girls now participating at home and school compared with only two in five two years ago. ‘Girls aged 15 and 16 have always been the group least likely to take part in any sport, at school or outside school, but the news that more of them are now doing sport at school is very encouraging,’ said Simon Leggett, Research Director from Childwise.


He singled out media campaigns aimed at encouraging girls and women into sport, such as Sport England’s ‘This Girl Can’, and the success of British Olympic stars such as Jessica Ennis-Hill for inspiring the surge. ‘This year...

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