Girls Active Camp 2016

More than 150 girls from across the country spent the weekend at Loughborough University as the Youth Sport Trust’s Girls Active Camp inspired young women to be more physically active.

The camp, which is funded by Sport England and delivered in partnership with Women in Sport, This Girl Can and Loughborough University, is a three day residential for 150 girls that are not naturally interested in sport and doing physical activity and took place from 18-20 March.

The aim of the camp was to create a network of girls who are inspired to take part in more PE and sport and to develop their leadership and influencing skills so they can become role models back in their schools to encourage their peers to become more active.

The girls took part in a range of workshops to develop their confidence and leadership skills, took part in team building exercises which developed the skills needed to work with others, and participate in activities including dodgeball, badminton smash-up, fencing and street dance.

Ali Oliver, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, said:

“We believe in helping all young people to achieve their personal best in life through sport, and our ground breaking Girls Active programme is all about developing leadership skills in girls and young women, empowering them to plan and deliver physical activities that appeal to their peers, and supporting increased participation.

Sport England Director of Community Sport, Mike Diaper said:

“Many teenage girls don’t find the traditional sports offer attractive. It’s a time when sporting and exercise habits are often formed or lost and it’s key that girls have a positive experience of sport both inside and outside of school. The Girls Active Camp is an important way of reaching out to them.  

“The camp introduced them to a range of sports and activities in a supportive environment, and helped them find something they enjoy doing. The girls will now return to their own school community with the skills and the confidence to encourage other girls like them to get active by creating a ‘Girls Active Hub’.  This will help inspire more girls to be active in the best way that suits them.”

Ruth Holdaway, Chief Executive, Women In Sport, said:

“Women in Sport is proud to be delivering the ground breaking Girls Active programme in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust.

“Championing an insight-led overall approach to this project, we’re working together to create a nation of healthier and happier girls, who are achieving more both on and off the field of play. Opportunities like this are an important way to reach out to less traditionally ‘sporty’ girls and getting more young people engaged with topics around leadership and participation.

“The experiences the girls have had, the friends they will have made and things that they will learn will make a genuine and significant impact on their lives and play an important role in our mission to transform sport for the benefit of every woman and girl in the UK.”

Check out the video highlights from the weekend on the right hand side of this page.

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