The Youth Sport Trust announced the winners of the first ever Girls Active Awards, last night on Radio 1 presenter, Gemma Cairney’s, instagram feed.
Girls Active Committed Learner
Regan O’Brien (North)
Chloe Brownbill (Central)
Tala Zayat (South)
Girls Active Wellness Transformation
Amy Nugent (North)
Isobel Wilcox (Central)
Gracie Rowe (South)
Girls Active Inspirational Ambassador
Roxanne Foley-Jennison (North)
Sophie Willis (Central)
Megan Lowe (South)
Alisha Bethal (Central – Highly Commended)
Liah Russell (South – Highly Commended)
Ali Oliver, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust said:
“We are delighted to be celebrating these inspiring award winners and the difference they are making, encouraging more schools to give a voice to young women and empower them to help ensure that PE and school sport is fun and engaging for everyone. It is fantastic to see such a strong calibre of entry and to see so many young women and schools engaged with Girls Active, demonstrating the power of young women inspired by PE and school sport.”
Ruth Holdaway, Chief Executive of Women in Sport, said:
“On behalf of everyone at Women in Sport congratulations to the well deserved winners. It is truly inspiring to see the amount of time, effort and passion that has been shown by each of them in leading and encouraging girls to take part in school sport. Through Girls Active, girls are empowered to make their own choices about how to be active and encourage others to do the same, and these awards show the huge impact the scheme can have for both schools and the girls themselves. .”
Gemma Cairney, Ambassador for the Awards said:
“Whether it’s having a wiggle to my favourite tune or splashing about in the sea, I believe to be engaged with my body through movement and activity is one of my most cherished aspects of my life.”
Funded by Sport England, in partnership with Women in Sport, Girls Active has worked with a growing number of schools each year to help teachers and teenage girls understand what motivates them to take part in PE and sport; developing an action plan based on their feedback on how it should be delivered. Some of the girls then return back to their school and use peer-to-peer marketing to engage more girls in activity.
This year the Girls Active Awards scheme launched to celebrate the work schools are doing to develop positive attitudes towards PE and sport and the achievements of girls, with regards their own level of physical activity but also that of their peers.