English midfielder Tess Howard praised the team. state‘s latest measure giving girls equal access to all school sport.
After winning the women’s gold and men’s bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games, England Hockey Inspired by the Lionesses’ success in the euro, she wrote a letter to the government in the summer calling for investment in physical education.
While Lionesses’ own letter stated the accessibility of football, England Hockey focused on all team sports.
The government said the measures will be backed by over £600m of funding over the next two academic years designed to help improve the quality of physical education and sport, particularly in primary schools, and Howard welcomed the investment.
Howard, who scored the crucial second goal when England won the Commonwealth, said: “We salute the fact that we now accept in writing that schools must provide equal opportunity for all sports, and we hail it as a kind of miracle.” gold.
“But quite simply, it enacts the Equality Act 2010. I’m a little confused as to why this is so important.
“Also, PE for two hours a week, which is not a big question because health guidelines specify more than that as the recommended dose.”
He added: “It’s an obvious statement, but the funding that comes with it is the important part.
“The money the government has committed, that’s the commitment I’m interested in, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this strategy is developed.”
On International Women’s Day, it was announced that schools would be told to teach at least two hours of Physical Education each week, and that boys and girls should be able to do the same sports in class and in extracurricular clubs.
Howard had to give up a sport he enjoyed playing at school as a child because they didn’t recommend it to girls.
“I didn’t have the same opportunities as men, even at my school, which I thought helped me develop as a woman in sports. “I had to start my own rugby club but it ended too quickly,” the 24-year-old said.
“I played rugby until I was 11 and then I couldn’t play with boys anymore, so I switched to hockey.”
However, Howard wanted to highlight another issue in women’s sport, the issue of uniforms.
On March 3, England Hockey announced new jersey regulations that give players the freedom to wear shorts, skirts or shorts without having to wear the same thing as other players on the team as long as they are the same color.
Players were also allowed to wear any item, including non-team colored items such as long sleeve tops, leggings, cycling shorts, headscarves or turbans.
“One thing that really matters is their uniforms, something I’m so passionate about that we don’t need gender-based uniforms that let girls wear whatever they want to play in and they have the strict inclusive sportswear policies I call them.” Howard said.
“It’s a tough choice, a real choice because when a girl comes into this environment to play sports, she needs to feel comfortable with her own skin.
“Even as an international athlete I am now trying to change the norms in hockey because I believe we should have the option to wear skirts or shorts because shorts are not a masculine thing.
“But unfortunately it’s in hockey because men wear shorts and women wear zorts, it’s sexed, it’s sexualized.”