General Article How Covid is widening the gender gap: women and children activity levels set back

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Gap to men had closed significantly before Covid but after six months of lockdown, only a quarter of women are remaining regularly active.

By Jeremy Wilson, chief sports reporter

The gender gap for women in sport has widened during the devastating Covid-19 pandemic, according to a raft of new research which has also confirmed the sector’s worst fears over how the crisis will impact children.

The data, which is separately published by Sport England and the Youth Sport Trust and can be revealed by Telegraph Women’s Sport, shows how, after six months of lockdown restrictions, only a quarter of women are remaining regularly active.

The gap to men, which had closed significantly before Covid following initiatives such as Sport England’s ‘This Girl Can’ campaign, peaked at 10 per cent early in the pandemic, but has since stabilised at around five per cent. Women were found to be more anxious about going out to exercise, more affected by caring responsibilities, comparatively worse off fin...

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