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Rebecca Adlington inspires the next generation at London primary school

Four-time Olympic medallist and Women in Sport patron Rebecca Adlington visited Collis Primary School in south London this morning to speak to girls about the benefits of sport and to help launch our new Women’s Sport Wednesdays fundraising campaign.

Photo credit Flora Maclean

During the visit, a group of Year 5 and 6 girls at the Teddington school had the opportunity to find out about Rebecca’s early influencers, her journey to the top, and how sport has benefitted her confidence and friendships. The girls also took part in a question and answer session and played a game of indoor hockey with Rebecca.

Rebecca visited the school as part of the launch of Women’s Sport Wednesdays, Women in Sport’s new fundraising campaign to encourage the nation to use Wednesdays to get together, get active, and raise funds to help create more opportunities for women and girls to reach their full potential through sport.

As patron of Women in Sport, Rebecca has given her full backing to the campaign. She said:

“The new Women’s Sport Wednesdays campaign is a great way for everyone – children and adults, boys and girls, men and women – to take some time out to enjoy doing something that also benefits their health and fitness. I would urge everyone to view Women’s Sport Wednesdays as a way to get out, get active and give sport a go whilst raising funds for a charity that’s working to improve sport provision for girls.

“It can be difficult for women to find the time to dedicate to sport and physical activity and I know from Women in Sport’s research that, unlike with boys, physical activity levels begin to decline amongst girls from the age of 5, and by the time they’re 14 only 8% of girls reach the Government’s recommended activity levels. This something I am really passionate about helping to change through my role as the charity’s patron.”

Find out how you can get involved in Women’s Sport Wednesdays.

Photography by Flora Maclean.