Active Girls West Cumbria
- Date: 2010
- Lead Organisation: Sports Development Officer – Allerdale Borough Council
- Contact Person: Rebecca Stamper
- Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact Phone: 01900 702711
- Project Focus: Health and Safety
- Focus Group: Women and Girls
- Setting: School
A partnership was established between Allerdale Borough Council and Copeland Borough Council to hold two days for ‘semi sporty’ girls in school years 9 and 10 to give them the opportunity to try a range of activities from karate to golf. Sessions were lead by instructors from a local sports centre or club coaches and they were given a booklet at the end of day to say where they could continue to participate in the seven activities they had tried. Specific sessions were created by some local clubs.
Aims and Objectives
To provide opportunities for those girls who do not participate in 5 hours of activity to have a go at activities that they don’t access through main stream physical education and give them details and pathways for sustainable participation. At the end of the day there was a workshop to look at barriers to participation in a number of settings, in School, Clubs/Community, Leisure Centres and Competition.
Who was Involved?
Allerdale Borough Council, Copeland Borough Council, Carlisle Leisure Ltd, Workington Golf Club, Cumbria Rugby Football League, Cumbria Rugby Football Union, Cumbria Cricket Board, Hokushinko Martial Arts Centre, Allerdale School Sports Partnership, Copeland School Sports Partnership, Cumbria Sport Partnership.
What was Achieved?
58 girls attended the event held in the Allerdale area, coming from 6 Schools. 47 of the girls said they would be continuing their involvement in at least one of the activities offered during the event. From speaking with the girls some useful evidence was gained as to why they had enjoyed the event, reasons included ‘fun’, ‘something new to try’ and ‘didn’t involve standing about’.
To contact the girls from the last event to see where they are now and if they have continued to be involved in some activity. Hold a second event in October 2010 but with the intentions of providing easier access to the follow up sessions through putting the 1st 5 sessions within the schools and/or providing funding towards transport costs.