Stirling MP, Steven Paterson, has welcomed today’s announcement from the First Minister of a Sporting Equality Fund, set up with the aim of increasing women’s engagement in sport.
The £300,000 fund will be used to find ways to close the gender gap that emerges in the early teenage years when 71% of boys compared to 51% of girls say they are active participants in sport.
The gap has been narrowing in recent years but significantly more men than women are active and significantly fewer describe themselves as inactive.
Steven Paterson said:
“The disparity of engagement between teenage boys and girls must be addressed and that is why I am delighted that the Scottish Government has launched a funding initiative to do just that.
“Working alongside Sport Scotland and others, this fund will increase the participation, engagement, and promotion of women in sport and with this an Olympic year as well as with the recently celebrated success of local tennis hero Andy Murray, this is a perfect time to bring forward plans to encourage inclusion and equality in sport.