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Female Participation

Redressing the balance between male and female participation levels is a key priority for Sport England and the Active Durham Partnership. This section includes insight into female participation and tackling the difference in activity levels.

County Durham Women and Girls Survey

The survey was designed to provide County Durham Sport and our partners with information regarding female’s motivations, barriers and activity levels so that sport and physical activity can be targeted effectively. The research is part of the ‘This Girl Can in County Durham’ campaign. Over 600 responses were gathered from across County Durham.

The survey: County Durham Women and Girls Survey


Go Where Women Are

2 million fewer women regularly play sport compared to men. This report looks at the importance of engaging women in sport and exercise on their terms and in their space whether this be physically or emotionally.

The document: Go Where Women Are


Helping Women and Girls to Get Active

This practical guide contains advice, suggestions, hints and tips that will make it easier to get more women and girls active in your local area.

The guide: Helping Women and Girls to Get Active


Keeping Women Warm to Sport in Winter

Research shows that women tend to drop out of doing sport and physical activity during the colder months. The report provides suggestions around how to keep women engaged during this time.

The report: Keeping Women Warm to Sport in Winter


Puberty & Sport: An Invisible Stage

Girls are less active than boys and by age 13 – 15, only 8% of girls meet the Chief Medical Officer’s recommendation that young people aged should do 60 minutes of physical activity every day. This report from Women in Sport looks at how puberty has an impact on girl’s engagement in physical activity.

The report: Puberty & Sport: An Invisible Stage


Spotlight on Gender – Active Lives Survey

The relationship we have with sport and physical activity differs significantly depending on our gender. The Active Lives Adult report shows there are still more men than women getting active – however the gap has been closing.

The report: Spotlight on Gender


Understanding Women’s Lives

This study investigated Women’s lives and what is important to them, their perceptions of sport and physical activity and how sport needs to be repositioned to appeal to them, as well as how behaviour change can be activated to increase physical activity levels.

The report: Understanding Women’s Lives


Women in Sport

Women in Sport produce regular insight and research into women’s participation.

The website: Women in Sport Research and Insight