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Where should PE fit in the curriculum.

Where should PE fit in the curriculum.

Casey Stoney says physical education should become a core subject in the national school curriculum, which would help more girls into sport and build “physical literacy”.

The former England international’s comments came as Telegraph Women’s Sport launched its “Girls, Inspired” campaign to close the gender sports gap in schools and keep girls active.

Stoney said football had reached a “tipping point” ahead of this summer’s World Cup with rising interest in women’s sport, which promises unprecedented investment and coverage. The head coach of the Manchester United women’s team said perceptions were changing, but highlighted areas where improvements can be made, ­including an emphasis on PE.

“If you haven’t had a good fundamental in terms of your experience with PE at primary school and you haven’t built the confidence or the physical literacy, when you get to 11 or 12 and you become more self-aware and if you are not good at it, it’s easier to step away,” Stoney said.

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