Sports Help Build Girl’s Confidence and Resilience

The leader of a group of girls’ school Helen Fraser has advised girls to take part in competitive sports to help build their confidence and resilience.

“Girls who are in schools which focus solely on academic achievement can experience success after success, and may never learn that you can have a real setback and come back and recover”, Ms Fraser told BBC News.

Research does have it that proportion taking part in regular sport falling steeply after the age of 10.

Did we know that one in five girls do no physical activity at all, twice the proportion of boys?

Another interesting point to be aware of is that, more than 80% of senior women business leaders played organised sports while growing up. A high proportion of female executives believe sport made them more disciplined, resilient and competitive in their careers.

Ms Fraser cites the example of former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, once a competitive figure skater and tennis player, while the head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, was in the French national synchronized swimming team.


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