New initiative to get girls active

There is an ‘epidemic’ of childhood inactivity, according to the World Health Organisation, which says that children’s health is being damaged as well as their brain development and social skills.

Girls come off worse than boys, with 85% of girls taking too little physical exercise, compared with 78% boys.

Brentford Football Club’s Community Sports Trust has joined 13 professional football clubs to tackle physical inactivity of girls in disadvantaged areas across London.

Funded by The London Marathon Charitable Trust, Brentford will join the likes of Arsenal, Crystal Palace and Chelsea to encourage 5,000 inactive girls and young women to participate in football and physical activity sessions.

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