Girls Active Camp

Posted at 10:33 am on 29th March, 2017

Six selected Year 9 students will journey to Loughborough University; next weekend, to take part in our second Girls Active Conference, in conjunction with the Youth Sport Trust.

Funded by Sport England, in partnership with This Girl Can and Women in Sport, Girls Active offers a simple flexible action planning framework to help teachers and girls work together to address their individual needs. The main objective of Girls Active is to help teachers and teenage girls understand what motivates them to take part in PE and sport; developing an action plan based on their feedback on how it should be delivered. In addition, some of the girls are helped to become role models within their school, setting up leadership groups which focus on how they could make PE and physical activity more appealing to their peers.

The 2010 PE and School Sport Survey of schools in England showed an alarming drop in participation as girls become teenagers. Only 15% of girls aged 17-18 years took part in at least three hours of PE and school sport each week, compared to 68% of girls aged 10-11 years. By 14, just over 10% of girls achieved the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day. In order to address this alarming reality, Girls Active was developed.

As a lead Health and Wellbeing School with the Youth Sport trust we feel passionately about making PE, School sport and physical activity appealing to all of our girls and we hope that the students will come back from their jam packed weekend with lots of innovative solutions.

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(left to right) Ella Bowness, Breanna Bradshaw, Ella Sutton , Phoebe Tanner, Holly Malpus & Amy Martin -not pictured

Holly Malpus; Year 9 student commented: ‘’I was excited about trying new sports and meeting new people. I am grateful to have been picked for this trip and can't wait to return with plenty of new ideas for sporting activities.”

Following the conference the students will be putting together an action plan to create a ‘Girls Active Club’ to help others find a sport they enjoy and to help to break down the barriers to their involvement in more sporty activities. This coincides with our next Wellbeing Wednesday event 10th May 6-8pm where all  students, parents and other family members can get involved in a variety of sporting and wellbeing activities.