A group of cheerleaders in Southend are launching a campaign to get young women back into sport.
They say many give up at 16 because of the embarrassments and preoccupations of being a teenager.
The cheerleaders from the Essex Star Squad say young women are missing out on the many benefits of sport.
Sport England say girls are more likely than boys to drop physical education once they leave school- just 30% of female university students currently playing sport regularly.
Click here to find out how to get involved.
More top news
Detectives investigating a man's body washed up on the shores of the river have arrested a second man on suspicion of murder.
Keepers have the celebrating the arrival of the western lowland gorilla to 22-year-old mother Effie in captivity at the zoo.
Celebrities and campaigners have joined a huge rally urging world leaders to agree tough measures to curb global warming