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Women and Girls' Sport

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

18. To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to increase participation by women and girls in sport and fitness activities. (204467)

The Department is committed to ensuring that people from all sections of society are given the opportunity to participate in sport; and to breaking down the barriers that prevent them from doing so.

Sport England provides annual funding to the Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation, which works to improve and promote opportunities for women and girls in sport.

Sport England is developing a new strategy to deliver a world leading community sport system, to sustain and increase participation in sport, and allow everyone to develop their sporting talent to the full. Sport England will encourage more people from under-represented groups to get involved in sport, including women and girls.

Through the joint DCMS and DCSF PE and Sport Strategy for Young People the Government are investing an additional £100 million to offer five hours of high quality PE and sport to all pupils aged five to 16 and three hours for those aged 16 to 19. This will bring our total investment to at least £755 million over the next three years and will enable the provision of further sporting opportunities that recognise and respond to girls’ needs and abilities.