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Girls Active: Sweaty Betty

In this exciting new partnership with the Sweaty Betty Foundation, 9 schools are being supported to undertake an action-research approach to co-design with girls and test extra-curricular models that specifically seek to engage the least active girls in their school community. The support provided is underpinned by Girls Active programme resource and principles of effective practice of engaging girls in physical activity.

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Girls Active is an award-winning programme that develops partnerships between teachers and girls working together to understand what makes girls fully engage in PE, sport and physical activity to then provide and ‘sell’ inspiring & relevant opportunities for all girls, not just the sporty few. In this exciting new partnership with the Sweaty Betty Foundation, schools will be supported to undertake an action-research approach to co-design with girls and test extra-curricular models that specifically seek to engage the least active girls in their school community. The support provided will be underpinned by Girls Active programme resource and principles of effective practice of engaging girls in physical activity. In addition, each school will benefit from unique experiences with help from Sweaty Betty staff and ambassadors who bring a wealth of passion and expertise in a wide range of non-traditional activities in the fitness, dance and well-being space for young women. With you, we will gain insight, explore barriers to engagement and participation and consider what support needs to be in place to provide sustainable models for the least active and most disadvantaged girls. 

We know this won’t be easy and there isn’t a quick solution. We need schools to work with us who can commit to empowering girls, are willing to be creative and try new things and most importantly be passionate about giving the least active girls physical activity experiences that suit them. The schools engaged in this project will be integral in helping us give girls a voice, deepen understanding of the barriers teenage girls face to being active and help ensure we can give them the right support and opportunities, so they experience the enjoyment and wider benefits of being active. Insight shows that girls from Black and South Asian populations and/or from low-socio-economic groups have disproportionately lower levels of engagement participation in physical activity. Therefore, schools with high representation of these groups will be a priority. In addition, secondary schools in the geographic areas of
Glasgow, Leeds and the London borough of Southwark will be the focus for this opportunity. In response to the current pandemic, engagement in the project will be a blend of virtual training and support coupled with in-school support (ensuring adherence to national guidance and schools’ own policies).