Wednesday, August 4News For London

Does gender difference matter in sport?

A new report from Women in Sport, which has tried to make sports sectors equally accessible for women and men, reveals that many girls are not engaging enough in school sports.

The Charity surveyed 25,000 girls and boys from 138 secondary schools in England and Northern Ireland and found that girls are less willing to involve in sports. Based on the research, The Guardian collected perceptions from teachers, parents and pupils to change the current circumstance.

This is not the first time we talk about the situation of women’s sports and about fighting sexism in sports. From the popularity of tournament, athletes’ income to participation, many data revealed a barrier of women in sports and a gulf between each gender’s attitude towards sports.

Although BBC sports study found that 83 per cent of sports now equally rewarded female and male, only one woman athlete makes a cut of 100 highest paid athletes, Serena William who ranked the 51st.


Here is more data:

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(data from BBC, FIFA, Football Association, Sport England)


Does this data imply women are less capable of sports than male or women cannot do as well as men in sports? Certainly not. Staff, Sarah Parsons who manages the sports sector in the University of Westminster said: “Our girls’ team tends to better than some of our guys’ teams and there are more of community form among of our girls’ team.”

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She also said: “For female, we have one or two teams, so like first team and second team. But with our men’s team, we only have.”

Even though, many women and girls turn sports away. Lucy Rothwell, the member of London LGBT women’s basketball team that has been run 20 years said: “it is because of culture”.


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“I think culturally it’s a very cool thing for men to do sport. But ethically, if women are very good sports, competitive or very masculine, there is all stereotype attack to them. You got straight credit as Lesbian, but there are still many strict lines for women in sports.”

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This ideology seems is embedded in both the western and eastern culture. Shane Xu, the leader of Chinese basketball team in London said: “In Chinese traditional culture, maybe women are hoped to stay at home and to be more quiet.” But Xu also said: “Nowadays, it has changed. I, personally think women who play sports, are more attractive.”


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This year the basketball team only have one woman. Xu explained that basketball is also more competitive compared to badminton or tennis and some women may not like this.

But It is not a dream for women to win the battle of sexes in sports. Rothwell said: “The attention women receive in sports has increased massively. It wasn’t long ago that women couldn’t even partake. For basketball, things become much better. when I was a child, I was only one at the basketball team.”

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Many foundations, such as Women in sports and women’s sports trust are empowering women and girls in sports and increase the effect of women’s sports. For example, Women in Sports, funded by Sport England cooperated with British Gymnastics, Football Associations, British Cycling to work on projects for women’s sports.

Parsons also mentioned that the UK government takes the effort to help women involve into sports.

“We works with Women England to engage women into sports.”