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‘Tubby and terrified’: How fear puts girls off PE

BBC – Judith Burns

“The UK’s chief medical officer recommends school-age children do at least an hour of exercise each day. But new research with 25,000 secondary students in England and Northern Ireland suggests that, at secondary level, only 8% of girls and 16% of boys manage this. Of the teenagers, surveyed by Youth Sport Trust and Women in Sport, more than 80% understood the importance of being active but almost half of boys and nearly two-thirds of girls were less than keen on taking part themselves. The research suggests lack of confidence is key.”(more)

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