RTÉ’s new show looking at the question of keeping young girls playing sport and being physically active gets underway this afternoon at 5 PM on RTÉ2 and the RTÉ Player.

Keep It Up brings together nine teenage girls who have either given up sport or never played. over six episodes each Tuesday and Thursday for the next three weeks we follow their journeys as individuals and as a team both on and off the court.

The series is hosted by Emer O’Neill and the premise is that she forms her own basketball team.

Research funded by Lidl in recent years showed that as many as half the young girls who are playing sport at the end of their primary school education have given up by the end of their second year in secondary school.

The programme explores some of the potential reasons for this and how to address them.

Sene Naoupu,  Stephanie Roche and Valerie Mulcahy are among the stars of adult Women’s sport who will be spending time with the team and there is a look back to the way things were with the Offaly Ladies Football team that contested the first Al Ireland Final in the sport in 1974 wearing borrowed boots and jerseys.

Nora Stapleton who is Women in Sport Lead with Sport Ireland is part of the show looking at some of the options that are open to young girls now and we get are promised a look into the mind of young women with Sports Psychologist and TV presenter Maire Treasa Ní Cheallaigh.

Bríd Ryan, founder of Queen B Athletics discusses the role of image in the lives of the girls.

The show gets underway at 5 PM this evening and will be broadcast each Tuesday and Thursday on May 3rd, 5th, 10th, 12th, 17th and 19th.

Here is a trailer of what we might expect.




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