A new report has found that physically active girls are happier and more resilient than those who are not physically active. Published: JUNE 13TH 2019

The findings which include responses from more than 25,700 primary and secondary aged children across a two-year period have been revealed by national children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust, which is counting down to YST National School Sport Week with a focus on celebrating Five Ways to Wellbeing between 24 and 28 June. More active girls showed higher levels of the qualities associated with wellbeing which are self-belief, confidence, resilience, happiness and empathy. The largest difference was seen in girls’ resilience. Over three quarters (77%) of more active girls said they were resilient compared to under half (46%) of less active girls.


The research is taken from the Youth Sport Trust’s Girls Active programme run in partnership with Women in Sport, This Girl Can, with funding from Sport England National Lottery. It also found that more active girls were happier with 75% stating so compared to 55% of less active girls.

Ali Oliver, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, said:

“This data has provided us with some key insight into the barriers preventing girls from getting active but importantly, it shows us the transformative benefits of PE, sport and physically activity for young people. The barriers for girls during their time at primary school are different to those that they experience when moving to secondary school, but a common thread that runs across age groups is a lack of confidence. As such, this re-confirms the importance of a tailored approach to PE in our schools with girls at the heart of design and delivery. This is something we are committed to driving through our Girls Active programme”.

The APS PE Department look forward to sharing more information about this exciting programme in the near future.