Girls Active Northern Ireland

YST Girls Active Northern Ireland
Girls Active was introduced to Northern Ireland in November 2016 as a pilot project with 10 secondary schools in partnership with Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council thanks to funding from Department for Communities and Sport Northern Ireland as part of the ‘Active Fit and Sporty’ project.

Girls Active within Northern Ireland is a parallel process for teachers and their students which involves teacher training and surveys to establish participation in and attitudes towards PE, sport and leadership, an annual Girls Active Inspiration Day to develop girls influencing and leadership skills, and an array of resources to support teachers and students work together to develop an inspiring and relevant PE and school sport offer.

The project has continued to expand across Northern Ireland thanks to further funding funding from Department for Communities and Sport Northern Ireland as part of the ‘Active Fit and Sporty’ project. To date, 30 secondary schools have engaged in the project, which is run in partnership with Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.

Girls Active Coaches Camp Northern Ireland

The Girls Active Coaches Camp NI is built on the success of our broader Girls Active Northern Ireland work, offering a further developmental opportunity for girls to take their personal development to the next level. Once girls have engaged in an influencing role, there is an appetite to transition from marketer to activator and continue their journey as female leaders within sport in a more formal coaching role.

In February 2019, the inaugural Girls Active Coaches Camp NI enabled 32 girls from six secondary schools to attend a three-day residential camp to develop their leadership skills to get their peers active and begin their journey into coaching. This cohort of girls have now returned to their schools, working alongside their teachers to lead and deliver activities for their less active peers.

Research and Impact

Since 2016, we have been gathering insight and case studies within Northern Ireland that continues to inform the development of Girls Active. Each school participating in the programme administers a questionnaire which provides them with their own school insight report. This insight also contributes to a national picture of girls (and boys) participation and perceptions of PE, sport and physical activity.

Our research and impact to date, conducted in partnership with Women in Sport, can be download from the right-hand side of this page.

Northern Ireland Awards

Following in the footsteps of the English Girls Active Awards, 2019 will see the launch of the first ever Girls Active Northern Ireland Awards, with nominations available in four categories: Leader, Influencer, Personal Growth and Best Girls Leadership and Marketing (GLAM) Squad.

More details can be found in the guidance notes and nomination form available for download from the right-hand side of this page.

For further information, please contact:
Amanda Mogey
Project Officer
amanda.mogey@youthsporttrust.org