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Girls Active Camp sets to inspire next generation of girls to lead change

The Youth Sport Trust will hold its Girls Active Camp this weekend at Loughborough University, aiming to inspire a new host of teenage girls to become role models within their schools, helping them to shape how they could make PE and physical activity more appealing to their peers.

Funded by Sport England and supported by Loughborough University and run in partnership with leading UK charity, Women in Sport, Girls Active helps teachers and girls work together to improve understanding of what motivates girls to take part in PE and sport, and based on their feedback, develop action plans along with establishing young leaders within their schools to make a change.

To date the programme has supported over 17,000 girls participating in PE, sport and physical activity with over 200 schools receiving teacher training and resources. This is the third camp of its kind, this year themed ‘Your Journey, Your Impact’, and welcomes 157 girls from 31 schools over the weekend. As well as inspirational talks and workshops, the girls will experience a range of activity sessions, alongside which teacher training, parent/guardian guidance and activation support will be provided to schools.

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

We firmly believe that girls are the solution to changing attitudes and through empowerment and leadership, they can stimulate the behavioral change that is at the heart of breaking down barriers and improving PE, physical activity and sport for girls.”

We know that Girls Active has made a difference on the ground in schools and not only improves girls’ experience, it is equipping schools with the insight and feedback to help them make a difference to how they work with students and develop their sport offering to girls,” she adds.

Sophie Radcliffe, a blogger and motivational speaker, who changed her life to achieve her best, by taking on endurance challenges and sharing her story, will be speaking at the opening ceremony of the camp and says:

Self-belief, confidence and courage are so important in every aspect of life. Yet, they can be hard to nurture and develop especially in our modern, fast paced, digital world where we can often feel like we are “not enough.” Being outside, sport and adventure have been so instrumental in my journey to strengthening my confidence and resilience. I can’t wait to be part of YST’s Girls Active Camp to champion the message that everyone can achieve their extraordinary.”

The camp comes ahead of new research undertaken by Women in Sport that is set to be released next month which captured the view of 20,000 girls aged 11-16 and 5,000 boys on PE and sport. The research shines a light on the barriers and opportunities to improve equal opportunities and quality of PE, sport and physical activity for teenage girls.

It will show that many girls are missing out on bot just the health benefits that regularly taking part in sport offers, but learning life-long skills such as teamwork and leadership and communications skills, which will help them succeed in their careers