Women and Girls

Why are women and girls a priority?

Gender gap in physical activity behaviour is a common trend across the country. In fact, nationally 40% of women aged 16 and over are not active enough to get the full health benefits of sport and physical activity, compared to 35% of men. This gender gap is also evident locally, in Nottinghamshire there is a 5.6% gap between men and women who are not active enough (Active Lives Survey – Nov 16/17).

Read below to understand our role in understanding women and girls and the initiatives we support:

Women and Girls in sport practical guide

Sport England have created a fantastic guide called 'Helping women and girls to get active: a practical guide', the guide will help you get more women and girls in your area active - even if you're not directly involved in the sport or leisure sector.

It provides hints, tips, suggestions and answers to your questions about how to attract more women and girls to your sessions.


Women in Sport have a vision is to transform sport for the benefit of every woman and girl in the UK by working with organisations within Education, Sports and the CSP network.

Sport England recognise the importance of getting more women and girls active and are working hard to persuade more to adopt lifelong sporting habits.

National Governing Bodies (NGBs) have their own initiatives to get more women playing sport and offer support and resources. For example, British Cycling co-ordinates the Breeze programme that aims to get more women into riding bikes for fun. You can view clubs and initiatives near you using our directory.

Youth Sport Trust Girls Active recognise that girls' needs differ and change as they mature and that girls themselves are uniquely positioned to 'sell' PE and sport to other girls