Sport: Females

Department for Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 15th January 2015.

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Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones Conservative, Harrogate and Knaresborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to increase women's participation in sport and physical activity.

Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

The number of women regularly participating in sport is up by over 588,800 since we won the Olympic bid in 2005 and has increased by 62,800 in the last year alone. However the gap between men's and women's participation is still too large. We have an independent group advising us on how best to address this, from encouraging participation through the ‘This Girl Can’ campaign launched this week, to increasing media coverage and sponsorship, and getting more women into leadership positions.

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