Girls Active is an organisation developed by Youth Sport, in partnership with This Girl Can and Women in Sport, which aims to work with girls to tackle negative attitudes towards PE, sport and physical activity.
The latest research from Girls Active showed that “there is a confidence crisis in young girls” which is stopping them from getting active from the age of around seven and that “even in primary school, almost twice as many girls as boys report that a lack of confidence stops them being active in school” (Girls Active, 2018). The organisation works alongside schools to enable teachers to work with girls “through consultation and leadership” in order to “make the necessary changes to their physical education (PE), sport and physical activity provision”.
The Female Lead partnered with Girls Active for the Girls Active Awards 2018 in order to celebrate the achievements of girls in the programme to help encourage the next generation of girls to take part in physical activity. The Girls Active Awards are a celebration of the girls who are encouraging more girls to get active.
The Leader Award was awarded to Cariad Lucas, from Buckinghamshire, for consistently encouraging girls of all ages to be confident and to increase their activity levels.
Riley Morris from Manchester has won the Influencer Award after successfully coaching, managing and supporting female football players in her school.
The Personal Growth Award was awarded to Louisa McClintock from Lancashire after successfully marketing the school dance team, helping with her own anxieties along the way. She also bravely gave a speech on the positive impact sports can have on mental health at the dance showcase.
This year, Great Marlow GLAM from Buckinghamshire won the Girls Active Group Award. A group of 15 girls ran the weekly Girls Active Takeover Club, encouraging and promoting positivity, self-belief for girls, whilst making the activities fun!
Tia Kilkenny from Nottingham was awarded the Future Leader Award, a new award for primary school students. Tia is recognised for her enthusiasm in sport, and her encouragement of others to strive for their best.
We spoke to the five girls to find out what winning the Girls Active award meant to them (see below).