Girls Active Award Winners 2020

The Girls Active Awards were held virtually this year, as part of the Girls Active and YST Young Activists Awards 2020. On 03 November, shortlisted young people and their classmates, as well as parents/guardians at home, joined online for the celebrations. The event was hosted by former British sprinter and presenter of BBC Radio London ‘The Women’s Sport Show’ Jeanette Kwakye, with a range of Girls Active Ambassadors, celebrity judges and sports stars presenting the evening’s awards.

Girls Active is developed by the Youth Sport Trust, and is delivered in partnership with Women in Sport, and This Girl Can; it is funded through Sport England National Lottery. The programme involves girls in the design and delivery of PE, physical activity and school sport in primary and secondary schools.

The Girls Active Awards recognises the impact girls are having in shaping their PE curriculums and school sport to boost participation among fellow students. To date, over 800 primary and secondary schools have been involved in the programme across the UK since its launch in 2015.

This year’s winners showcase some truly inspirational stories from girls who are really making a difference in their school, despite the challenging situation that pupils and schools have faced over the last six months.

Girls Active Award winners:

  • Leader Award: Emi Dylewska from Ivanhoe College in Leicestershire

Girls Active has completely transformed Emi from a girl lacking in self-confidence to one who takes a proactive role in encouraging other girls to get involved. Emi now volunteers to help in PE on all occasions, leads part of the Netball Club and has even inspired school leaders to develop the girls’ changing rooms to create a nicer environment

  • Influencer Award: Ella Gutteridge from Fulbrook Middle School in Bedfordshire

Ella has been playing rugby for about two years and has a huge passion for the sport. It has had a huge impact on her own self-confidence and resilience, and she decided that she wanted to share this with other girls. With support, Ella created a girl’s rugby club in school helping to coach and recruit new girls. The group has grown from a small selection of friends to a regular attendance of 15-20 girls, all new to the sport.

  • Personal Growth Award: Amy Truelove from The Redhill Academy in Nottingham

Amy arrived at Redhill Academy as a shy, quiet girl who didn’t really get involved in PE and struggled to communicate with her peers. Through being part of Girls Active she has grown into a completely different girl, fully engaging in sport and attending at least two extra-curricular activities each week. She even put herself forward to complete the Sports Leaders Level 1 course and has been teaching numerous younger students.

  • Best Group/GLAMS Award: Outward Valley Active Girls Group from Outward Academy Valley in Worksop

This group of girls are full of enthusiasm and plans to help engage more of their peers in sport and activity in their school. They put together an outstanding presentation to teachers which resulted in them agreeing to girls being able to wear leggings in PE. They surveyed girls on activities that they wanted to attend and then created them and have given sport and PE a higher profile in school leading to a huge increase in the number or girls attending sports clubs.

  • Future Leader Award: Imogen Burton from Clavering Primary School in Hartlepool

Imogen’s passion and enthusiasm shines through and she truly wants to make sure that all girls understand the transformational power of play and sport. She is very busy in the school, involved in lots of groups and activities and works alongside teachers to lead clubs and present in assemblies. She makes all pupils she works with feel better about themselves and helps to raise their self-esteem and belief, as well as encourage them to participate in physical activity.

  • Best Girls Active School Award: Highfields School in Matlock, Derbyshire

Highfields School is one that parents and pupils feel truly supports girls to become happy and active. They have a range of programmes available including their new 6th Form mentoring scheme which supports Year 7 girls and runs sessions for those just joining the school who struggle with a lack of confidence. Their team of ambassadors lead assemblies both in Highfields and in feeder Primary Schools and act as great role models.

Ali Oliver, CEO of the Youth Sport Trust said:

As the Youth Sport Trust celebrates its 25th year of changing young lives through sport, I couldn’t think of a better way to mark the occasion than delivering the Young Activist awards, thanks to Sky Sports, and the Girls Active Awards in partnership with Women in Sport and Sport England.  

 All of the award winners are truly deserving and have shown huge passion and commitment for activating change not just for themselves, but for others around them. Many of them have helped support their communities through the challenges of the pandemic. There is compelling evidence that young people who volunteer and take part in social action develop critical skills for employment and adulthood.  

Through Youth Sport Trust programmes, young people develop their confidence and leadership skills along with an appetite for making a difference in the world.  The young people we are honouring have been empowered to use sport to address the issues that matter to their generation. I am incredibly proud of them all.

The Girls Active Awards 2021 will be opening in the New Year. Visit www.youthsporttrust.org/girls-active-awards for updates.