Making a Difference - National

Making a Difference highlights the power of news media titles to campaign for positive change. Earlier this week, an online vote was held to determine which local and national campaigns from the past year are the public's favourites.

The winners will be announced on Friday 9 October. Browse the local campaigns here

Making a Difference

Girls Inspired

Upon discovering that only eight per cent of teenage girls were doing enough exercise, The Daily Telegraph launched the Girls, Inspired campaign to compel authorities to tackle the gender gap in sports participation amongst schoolchildren. After conducting surveys, school visits, and interviews with sector leaders, the Telegraph devised a three-point manifesto to close the gender gap.

The paper called for equality of opportunity to sport to feature in a new school sport action plan, and that new Government guidelines, enforced by Ofsted, would put PE on a par with core subjects;

The campaign, which was backed by FIFA, the British Olympic Association, Sport England and the Youth Sports Trust, also called for schools to offer girls a wider choice of sports.

The Government announced, through the Telegraph, a new school sports action plan across three departments, with the Prime Minister's backing. It committed to an initial £5.5 million funding.

The Telegraph’s campaign will continue to hold the Government to account on its promised investment.