Olympian Inspires This Girl Can Recruits
Posted: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:24
Olympic Gold medallist and cycling sensation Victoria Pendleton welcomed 165 teenage girls to the first ever Girls Active camp on the 27th of March 2015 in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust and Women in Sport. The three day pilot event aimed to empower girls to look after their health and wellbeing as well as push towards increasing the participation levels of 14-16 year old females in sport.
Hosted at Loughborough University workshops as well as practical elements were held with the aim of inspiring the young females to get involved in sport as well as motivate them to act as role models for other young females. Pendleton states she was honoured to be involved in such a worthy cause as the Girls Active programme and goes on to say:
"Sport has played such an integral part in my life and I have learned so much through its ups and downs. I want to show these girls that it is not just about competition, sport equips you to succeed in life."
The Girls Active Pilot has already received positive results and its aiming to take findings and push for further development with the female population since the start of the 'This Girl Can' campaign.
A survey taken after the completion of the one-year scheme found that:
- Girls who are happy with the way their body looks more than doubled from 25% to 56%
- Girls feeling 'very unhappy' about the way their bodies look reduced by more than half from 37% to 16%
- The number of girls who look forward to their PE lessons has nearly doubled - from 38% to 71%
- The percentage of girls that felt positive about school rose from 24% to 78%.
The Girls Active camp comes as Sport England announces a further £3.14million of National Lottery funding for school sport, much of which will go towards getting girls active as part of the national This Girl Can campaign.