Fit for girls evaluation report

Jo Inchley, Fiona Mitchell, Jo Kirby , Candace Currie

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


Fit for Girls is a joint programme between sportscotland and the Youth Sport Trust which aims to promote physical activity among girls aged 11-16 years. It is specifically aimed at girls who are least likely to be active, who are not currently active in the extra-curricular setting and who may opt out of curricular physical education (PE). Following a successful pilot, Fit for Girls was rolled out nationally from April 2008 to March 2011. Delivered through secondary schools, the programme provides training for PE teachers, Active Schools coordinators and other physical activity professionals to equip them with the knowledge, tools and skills to successfully consult, plan and implement positive PE experiences and sustainable physical activity programmes for girls in the school setting.

The first training workshop was held in September 2008 and rolled out across Scotland between 2008 and 2012. Following attendance at the workshop, schools were required to produce and implement an action plan detailing their goals and strategies for promoting physical activity among low active girls. Action plans were submitted to sportscotland for approval and schools were then provided with a start-up grant of £700. This fund could be used flexibly to support the action plan but could not be used to employ staff or coaches as this was not viewed as sustainable.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
Commissioning bodysportscotland and the Youth Sport Trust
Number of pages160
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2012


  • physical activity
  • physical education
  • Scotland
  • sport
  • girls in sport


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