Schoolgirl thanks sport for giving her confidence

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'I'm a different person now I play sport'

Schoolgirl Kiera Halliwell tells BBC Sport that a school-based scheme, which encourages youngsters to get into sport, helped her become more confident as a teenager.

Kiera, who attends Werneth School near Manchester, admits that she didn't enjoy PE lessons, until she was encouraged by her teacher Tracy Sloane to try out a range of different sports, including Dodge Ball and Zumba.

Kiera is one example of the many school children aged between 11-14 who, according to the Youth Sport Trust, had become disengaged with sport since leaving Primary School.

If Kiera has inspired you to find out how getting active might have a positive effect on your life, or the life of a young person you know, then check out our activity finder for advice on how to get re-engaged. Or take a look at our dance activity page to find more fitness classes that use music and movement to help you work up a sweat and gain confidence.

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