How sport can place girls and boys on the most literal level playing field

Sport is a way to channel aggression, it pushes people into realm of mutual respect

The importance of putting in place a formal, state-sponsored programme to use early-days sports to promote respect and equality between young boys and girls is obvious. Photograph: Getty Images

The importance of putting in place a formal, state-sponsored programme to use early-days sports to promote respect and equality between young boys and girls is obvious. Photograph: Getty Images

You begin to see the difference as soon as your little boy or your little girl starts school: the road in sport has already begun to fork in different directions when it comes to their sense of opportunity and self-expression and confidence.

Without a second thought, boys will commandeer teams and take ownership of the playground or the football field. It’s not done out of malice, it’s done out of the inherited belief that this is what boys do. They will play daily and play hard.

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