Nearly half of 16-year-old girls put off sport by ‘ugly’ PE kit | Leisure Opportunities
Job Search
see all jobs
Latest job opportunities
Panathlon Challenge
£30,000 p.a.  (Pro rata) 16 hours per week
Stansted, United Kingdom
job focus
Becky Adlington's Swim Stars
£18,000 - £23,000
Nationwide, United Kingdom
truGym
Competititve
Uxbridge, United Kingdom
University of East London
Starting from £33,357 p.a. pro rata
London, United Kingdom
Sea Life
Competitive
Concord, NC, United States

Nearly half of 16-year-old girls put off sport by ‘ugly’ PE kit

Job opportunities
Jack Tizard School
£26,865 to £28,440 pa
location: London, United Kingdom
University of East London
Starting from £33,357 p.a. pro rata
location: London, United Kingdom
University of Bath
Starting from £16,983, rising to £18,263
location: Bath, United Kingdom
more jobs

Almost half of UK 16-year-old girls say their fondness for sport and activity is being hampered by having to wear their school PE kit, according to new research.

A study carried out by Virgin Active to support its Active Inspiration campaign found that 39 per cent of girls, rising to 46 per cent among 16-year olds, said they enjoy being active but hate the PE kit. Meanwhile, 48 per cent of girls admit to making up excuses to get out of PE lessons and 28 per cent of 16-year old girls say they avoid sport as their PE kit makes them feel ugly so avoid sport.

The findings follow a recent cross-party parliamentary report that concluded a number of reforms must take place to make school sport more accessible to girls, and are the latest in a long line of studies outlining the barriers that conventional PE lessons pose to young females.

To tackle the issue of ‘ugly’ PE kits, Active Inspiration campaign partners the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation (WSFF) and Virgin Active have teamed up with designer Lexie Sport and a group of girls from Isle of Portland Aldridge Academy, where PE kit has been a barrier to girls taking part in physical activity. The girls were challenged by Lexie Sport founder Lily Rice to create their perfect PE kit, before choosing a winning design by 13-year old Emily Marshall.

The project found that simply changing the traditional PE kit of low-cut V-necked polo shirts, unflattering skirts or uncomfortable materials, to more modern leggings, high-necked collars and dark colours that hide sweat patches, could have a major impact in driving higher engagement with PE in school and help to foster active lifestyles among young girls. As a result, the headmaster at the Isle of Portland Aldridge Academy is committing to consulting with parents, ahead of instituting plans to change the school PE kit.

“Our research and insight tells us that while girls do want to be active, they have very different needs to boys,” said Women Sport and Fitness Foundation CEO Ruth Holdaway.

“This project not only highlights one of those key differences, but also delivers a clear and simple solution for schools and parents.”

Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
Almost half of UK 16-year-old girls say their fondness for sport and activity is being hampered by having to wear their school PE kit, according to new research.
SAR,RES,PUB
280258_256270.jpg
employer of choice
John Treharne, CEO, The Gym Group
Would you like to work for a gym operator that allows you to develop and use your skills to the full whilst being well rewarded? The Gym is totally committed to allowing 'the manager to manage' and rewarding our key personnel for delivery.