Youth Scotland’s Girls on the Move programme has been working to increase women’s activity levels since 2005. The programme itself has recently received an evaluation by a team from the School of Sport at Stirling University.
The Impact Statement contains facts, figures and case studies which highlight the influence this programme has had on young women across Scotland.
Scotland's physical activity strategy; Let's Make Scotland More Active in 2003 was based on data from the Scottish Health Survey data. This strategy found that there was "an alarming level of inactivity among children and young people", this was particularly present in girls. Evidence shows that girls' levels of physical activity participation has identified that many girls and young women dislike competitive sport and physical education for various reasons. These include a perceived lack of choice, fears about personal safety as well as practical barriers to participation such as access to facilities and equipment, cost implications and transport. Girls from socially and economically disadvantaged areas, those from ethnic minority groups, young mums and those with disabilities are also found to have lower participation levels compared with the overall population.
The Girls on the Move programme was established to combat these issues and the Impact Statement clearly outlines the outcomes of what it has achieved since 2005.