Charity ‘Teams Up’ with national bodies to support girls' sport

A PE teacher in Southampton has been recognised for supporting the development of girls’ sport through a national campaign.

Matt Ellerby, who teaches at Youth Sport Trust (YST) level two member school Saint George Catholic Voluntary Aided College, hit the local headlines recently after being made an ambassador for girls' sport by Team Up.

Team Up is a three-year national campaign to get thousands of seven to 13-year-old girls enjoying the benefits of taking part in team sports. It is led by The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), England Hockey, and England Netball with an aim to maximise the legacy of three home World Cups by building a fan base for women’s team sports.

Matt will be charged with getting as many schools as possible signed up to the initiative. The PE teacher is no stranger to working with YST, having previously volunteered his time to be a team leader at the charity’s Girls Active national camps.

Roman Neveykin, Development Officer - Leadership Programmes at Youth Sport Trust, said:

It is fantastic to see YST Alumni make a difference in their local area to young people’s lives after investing time in their personal development through leadership and volunteering opportunities.

“As Matt continues the fantastic work as an ambassador, the partnership between Team Up and Youth Sport Trust has seen many positive outcomes for young people, including a programme designed to target girls to take part in a school-based team sport offer through involvement in a Hub Schools programme.

“The network of schools involved directly work with a specific target group of non-engaged participants to provide them with a sporting offer that meets their personal demands.”

The Hub School programme measures success through the impact on aspirations, participation and achievement of students in school after establishing the project using insight directly from young people.

To find out more about the Team Up initiative, gain access to free training, or receive opportunities to access free tickets to events, register your school on the Team Up website Pledge your support with #WhyITeamUp @teamupengland.

If you are interested in finding more about the Hub School Programme and wish to be involved, recruitment is open until 25 January with further information on the programme page

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