Women are half as likely to have taken regular exercise since childhood compared to men, according to research commissioned by CBRE, the leading commercial property and real estate services advisor and Principal Partner of England Rugby’s All Schools programme.
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The research of over 2,000 UK adults shows that just one in six women (16.6%) say they have regularly exercised since childhood compared to one in three men (36.2%). More than half of women say they have never taken regular exercise (59.3%), compared to just a third of men (32.6%). On average, women who regularly exercise do so 48 times each year, just under once a week while men who exercise do so 65 times a year on average.
The findings chime with recent research from Sport England which found two million more men than women regularly exercise or play sport and that 75% of women would like to do more
“Taking part in sport not only has long-term health and well-being benefits but it also develops the so called ‘soft skills’ of communication, teamwork and confidence that over a lifetime will boost employability. There is a great opportunity for business to play a role in encouraging more children, particularly girls to engage in sport. This is why we are proud to be the principal partner of England Rugby’s All Schools programme that aims to create a positive legacy for one million children from a diverse range of backgrounds through rugby and its core values.”
Ciaran Bird, Managing Director, CBRE UK
CBRE, Principal Partner of England Rugby’s All Schools Programme
All Schools has been created to promote the idea that rugby union is a game for all schools – everyone can play it and every school can teach it. Launched in September 2012 in partnership with the Rugby Football Foundation, All Schools will increase the number of secondary state schools playing rugby union. The aim is to have 400 schools enrolled by this September’s world cup and 750 schools by 2019. Last season 130,000 students took part in rugby thanks to All Schools. 33% of these were girls.
As part of its work to grow rugby union, England Rugby also has a strategy to take the game to 100,000 women and girls across the country.
Celebrating Ten Years of the CBRE Women’s Network
In addition to supporting All Schools, this year marks the ten year anniversary of CBRE’s UK Women’s Network. Set up to support the recruitment and progression of more women in the company and the property industry the network has achieved significant progress in ten years. One third of CBRE’s UK professional staff are women, two and a half times the property industry average of 13.5%.