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Local Schools Selected to Represent National Campaign

Posted: Thu, 27 Sep 2018 15:40

Local Schools Selected to Represent National Campaign

Styled on the national 'This Girl Can' campaign, 'Worcs Girls Can' and 'Here Girls Can' are vibrant celebrations of active females. Now in their fourth and second years, Worcs Girls Can and Here Girls Can are delivered by the Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire, in collaboration with eleven lead schools and supporting schools across the two counties, and are designed to get women and girls moving, regardless of shape, size or ability.

Following a record-breaking number of school applications, the Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire is delighted to announce the Lead Schools for their 2019 'Worcs Girls Can' and 'Here Girls Can' campaigns.

Championing the campaign in Bromsgrove will be North Bromsgrove High School, while Trinity High School leads the campaign in Redditch. In Wyre Forest, Bewdley High School and 6th Form Centre will host the campaign, while in Malvern, The Chantry School take the lead. Due to the high numbers of applications, Worcester City and Wychavon will see two schools lead the campaign, in the East The De Montfort School will host alongside Bowbrook House School. Blessed Edwards Oldcorne Catholic College will champion the campaign in Worcester City, alongside Tudor Grange Academy Worcester.

In Herefordshire, Fairfield High School will take the reins with Aylestone School and St Mary's RC High School.

Working with Lead Schools across the two counties, the Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire will transform girls' PE and sport from 4th-17th March 2019. Activities such as yoga, boxfit and clubbercise will introduce female students to the breadth of extra-curricular physical activity opportunities in their local area, helping to encourage lifelong participation.

Beky Williams, Head of Participation at the Sports Partnership said, "We are delighted to be delivering Worcs Girls Can again, with more lead and supporting schools than ever before."

"Findings from previous campaigns revealed that 20% of girls in Herefordshire and Worcestershire schools were inactive. In 2019, the focus will be to reduce this statistic and to promote the positive impact that sport can have on mental health and wellbeing."

"Recent research has shown that among girls over 14, more than one third said they felt insecure, hated other people watching them and were self-conscious about their bodies. Almost two-thirds said they disliked competitive PE lessons. Through the Worcs and Here Girls Can campaigns we want to help schools, and particularly PE departments, address this issue."

Local leisure providers, sports organisations and physical activity instructors are among those in support of the campaign. Through the 'Peach Pass' scheme, women and girls across Worcestershire and Herefordshire will have the opportunity to participate in free sports/physical activity sessions within their local community; this may be anything from yoga to climbing. Peach Passes, along with a list of activities, will be available during the campaign week, meaning that females can take their sister, mum, aunt or friend along for free!

The Sports Partnership is urging sporting organisations across Herefordshire and Worcestershire to come on board with the campaign and help widen the physical activity offer for females. Organisations can find more information and register their interest in the campaign at: https://www.sportspartnershiphw.co.uk/this-girl-can . For more information around the campaigns, please contact Beky Williams on r.williams@worc.ac.uk / 01905 542034.

Tags: Herefordshire, This Girl Can, Worcestershire, female