Sports minister Helen Grant says ‘it’s time to listen to the girls’ during visit to Outwood Grange Academy

Sports  and tourism minister Helen Grant visiting students at Outwood Grange School,.'Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe.
Sports and tourism minister Helen Grant visiting students at Outwood Grange School,.'Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe.
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Young gymnasts were given a chance to impress when sports minister Helen Grant visited Outwood Grange Academy last week.

Mrs Grant watched students perform before meeting PE staff at the academy.

She said: “I am at this wonderful school to see a marvellous demonstration of gymnastics but also to see what these girls are doing in relation to sport.

“There’s a two million gender gap between the number of men doing sport and the number of women doing sport and we want it to close.

“Sport is brilliant, it is a force for the good, it’s not just the health and fitness, it’s the confidence and self-esteem it can give to people and all those important life lessons – leadership, teamwork, discipline and respect.

“I think we have to listen to what women and girls want – not tell them – and provide it for them.

“I actually think there’s a sport out there for everyone and I also think governing bodies need to innovate more and attract girls and women and get them involved.”

Mrs Grant, who was wearing a Sport England ‘This Girl Can’ campaign T-shirt, represented Cumbria in hockey, tennis, athletics and cross-country when she was younger.

She was also North of England junior judo champion.

She said: “Sport has done so much for me.”