Put nice smelling soap in changing rooms to encourage girls to play sport, a Football Association chief has said, as she reveals that girls as young as eight are now dropping out of sports lessons because they fear exercise is not feminine.
Baroness Sue Campbell, who is head of women’s football at the FA, said that the steep decline in physical activity in primary school girls is a major concern for policy makers.
“We used to believe that most girls stayed in sport until about age 14 or 15 and then dropped out because they didn’t want to look muscley,” said Baroness Campbell, the former chair of UK Sport who oversaw Team GB’s success at the London and Beijing Olympics.
“Now I am afraid it has got much younger. I think we are seeing earlier maturation, so we are realising girls are dropping out of activities at age eight and nine.”
Earlier menarche, earlier division into sex specific behaviour.
Shrug. Why is this a problem there must be a plan about? More, why must there be no difference in sex specific behaviour?