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The importance of high school sports for girls

02 August 2023

Too many girls drop out of sports before they’re even halfway through high school. This is oftentimes due to a lack of confidence, inexperience with teamwork, or insufficient facilities and opportunities at school.

Penrhos College is determined to challenge this norm. With a wide range of available sporting and physical health opportunities (including scholarships), every girl can enjoy high school sports and the many benefits it brings.

Read on to learn more about the fundamental importance of sports in education.


The value of high school sports for girls in education

For too long girls have been excluded and discouraged from taking part in male-dominated sports, leading to them missing out on key leadership, teamwork and self-confidence skills that are essential for a successful life.

Including girls in sports is highly important for a well-rounded education. As well as providing regular physical activity, their social skills and mental well-being are greatly improved by participating in sports while at school.


Why sports should always be on the curriculum

A quality education creates adaptable, confident, and well-rounded students. While girls in sports help them stay fit and healthy, there are multiple additional benefits your daughter will gain from participating in sports at both primary and secondary school.


Emotional wellbeing

Regular sporting activities between 1 and 3 times a week are highly effective at minimising emotional distress and reducing symptoms of anxiety, depression, stress, and low energy.


Team building

Having strong social skills and experience with cooperation is a vital life skill, and teamwork via sports is a fantastic way to instil this knowledge from a young age along with a supportive network of friends and teammates.



School can be a stressful time for many students, with the daily pressures of schoolwork and socialisation. Physical activity is a great stress reliever, helping girls find a balance between study and overall well-being.



Helping enforce discipline is a fantastic life skill to learn from a young age, and consistent sporting activities can go a long way to boosting self-discipline and achieving goals with dedication and hard work.


Brain development

Highly important periods of cognitive development take place during both primary and secondary school. Given that sports have a proven link to academic success thanks to increased focus and well-being, it’s a key element for healthy growing children.


A range of co-curricular activities for girls in sports

Improving gender equality is powerful on many fronts, and the emotional, social, and physical skill provided by sports education is an effective vehicle for ongoing inclusion and engagement.

Penrhos College provides a diverse range of high school sports activities to challenge and educate each girl, along with bursaries for day and boarding students.


Competitive sports
  • Athletics
  • AFL
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Waterpolo


Recreational sports
  • Badminton
  • Equestrian
  • Personal Training
  • Pilates
  • Rock Climbing
  • Surfing
  • Women’s Self Defence
  • Yoga


Choosing Penrhos for a well-rounded education

Penrhos College is a renowned private school for girls in Perth, dedicated to providing each student with the ideal varied education to suit a diverse range of needs and interests.

Get in touch with Penrhos College today to discuss enrolment, and scholarships, or to book a campus tour. Call 08 9368 9668 with any queries on the wide range of available sporting co-curricular activities.