Girls Active group share how they engaged more of their peers in sport and activity

Posted: Thu, 29 Apr 2021 08:52

Girls Active group share how they engaged more of their peers in sport and activity

Over the past 18 months a number of schools from Derbyshire and Notts have been taking part in Girls Active, which empowers girls to influence the PE, sport and physical activity offer at their school.

Girls from the award-winning Girls Active group at Outwood Academy Valley in Worksop have been sharing how they helped to engage more of their peers in sport and activity in their school.

The group was named the best Active Group at the Youth Sport Trust Girls Active Awards, having been one of 13 schools to work with Active Derbyshire and Active Notts over the last 18 months, attending an inspiration day which helped to empower the group to work with the PE department and their peers to influence the PE, sport and physical activity offer at the school.

A new case study video features PE Teacher and Girls Active Leader Karen Wells, and several of the girls from the group.

It looks at how the group:

  • Engaged with peers to find out their barriers to being physically active (e.g. body confidence, not enough choice, too competitive, judgement from others)
  • Used insight and worked with PE staff to widen the PE and extra-curricular offer, with a focus on fun, in order to engage more girls in physical activity
  • Overcame barriers presented by COVID
  • Delivered a powerful presentation to senior leaders at the school about an issue important to them (in this case, changes to PE kit and rules around uniform)
  • Helped to hugely increase participation in after-school activities, attracting girls who had never previously taken part

You can watch the video case study here: https://youtu.be/gktkUUw8elg

Girls Active develops partnerships between teachers and girls working together to understand what makes girls fully engage in PE, sport and physical activity to then provide and promote inspiring and relevant opportunities for all girls, not just the sporty few.

In the next few months Active Derbyshire and Active Notts is looking to focus support and resource to reach girls with the greatest need, in particular girls from Black and South Asian populations and/or from low-socio-economic groups who have disproportionately lower levels of engagement in leadership roles and participation in sport and physical activity.

If your school would like to get involved, please contact naomi.jones@activepartnerstrust.org.uk

Tags: Girls Active