TO MARK International Women's Day on Friday, March 8, female pupils from Milford Haven School took part in a girls-only sports taster day.

Around 30 pupils got to try spinning, tennis, yoga and self-defence, after voting on which activities they would like to try.

Gemma Baker, Milford Haven School community engagement officer, said figures showed boys aged between eight and 15 spend almost twice as much time doing sporting activities as girls the same age.

"There is a direct correlation between a lack of physical activity by young British girls and them having poorer mental health and lower aspirations than their male counterparts, experts have warned," said Gemma.

"We really want to buck this trend."

Research shows the 'drop-off' in girls taking part in sports increases as they enter their teenage years.

This is despite those who do participate reporting the same level of enjoyment as boys.

"We hope that as a result of the taster day they may find a sport or activity they would like to peruse to support a healthy lifestyle," said Gemma.

The event was supported by the Women's Institute (WI) who donated money to put together well-being packs for all the girls who attended.

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