A pilot project launches today at Loughborough University with 70 girls from seven of the country's leading independent schools coming together for a one day camp.
Girls Lead the Field is sponsored by Ernst Young (EY) and seeks to promote leadership and life skills through sport. The Youth Sport Trust has worked with independent schools and the Girls Schools Association (GSA) to identify how skills learned through sport can provide solutions which are central to the future success of young women.
The programme is targeted at high attaining girls who will benefit from inspirational and focussed support. Today's event, which is supported by Loughborough University and attended by 14 teachers, is designed as an inspirational and developmental start of a pilot project. Olympic medallist and former diplomat Cath Bishop will deliver a keynote speech and is joined by fellow Olympic and Paralympic Youth Sport Trust athlete mentors Jeanette Kwakye, Naomi Riches and Heather Fell, who will lead group workshops throughout the day.
The seven schools bringing their future leaders to the event are: Bedford Girls, Godolphin and Latymer (London), St Mary's (Cambridge), St Edwards (Oxford), St Helen's and St Katharine's (Abingdon), Newcastle High and Edgbaston High.
Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive Ali Oliver said: "EY Research demonstrates that nearly three quarters of female chief executives say that a background in sport can help accelerate a woman's career. We have therefore worked with schools and the GSA to develop a programme which develops life and leadership skills through sport.
"We know that girls are leading the field in academic studies, and this innovative day, which uses the power of sport, will help to demonstrate how young women can also excel in the work place."