THE government has marked the first Active Girls Day, as part of the Scottish Women and Girls in Sport Week, by handing £300,000 to 14 projects which aim to encourage more women and girls to get involved in sport.
Making that announcement at the Scottish Women Warriors Wheelchair Basketball Club in Glasgow, Sports Minister Aileen Campbell said:
“I have seen some great work as part of Scotland’s first ever Women and Girls in Sport Week this week. From athletics training with athlete Eilish McColgan in Perthshire to wheelchair basketball in Glasgow, there are more ways than ever for women and girls to get active.
“It is still clear, however, that many women and girls face still face additional barriers when it comes to getting involved in sport. As a government, we recognise that further action is required and that is why I am pleased to announce the 14 projects that will work to tackle this long-standing challenge.
“Congratulations to those who have been successful. I am sure they will build on the excellent work I have already seen during the week and help to transform opportunities for women and girls all over Scotland.”
Spirit 2012 has been delivering the £1million Legacy 2014 Physical Activity Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government. Debbie Lye, Spirit of 2012 chief executive, said: “Spirit of 2012 is absolutely committed to helping remove the barriers that stop many women participating in physical activity. The opportunity to manage the Sporting Equality Fund with such a wide range of fantastic organisations is particularly exciting and we look forward to seeing as many women as possible getting active as a result.”
For more on Sport Minister Aileen Campbell’s own sporting journey and her mission boost participation among women and girls read our interview in the latest edition of Sportswoman Magazine.
Sport Minister Aileen Campbell at the Scottish Women Warriors Wheelchair Basketball Club and (below) with Glasgow 2018 mascot Bonnie the Seal, opposition sport spokespeople and members of the Health and Sport Committee outside parliament. (from left) Former Olympian, Brian Whittle, Conservative, Tavish Scott, Liberal Democrat, Alison Johnstone, Greens, Bonnie the Seal, Glasgow 2018, Aileen Campbell, SNP and Colin Smyth, Labour.
The full list of awards are:
North Ayrshire Leisure Ltd (KA Leisure)
Step Up – secondary school aged referral programme providing opportunities for disengaged girls to engage in person-centred activity.
Make YOUR Move – ‘This Girl Can’ campaign to encourage all women and girls to have fun and get active.
Z1 Girls Group
New active girls programme through physical activity including dance.
Scottish Sports Futures
Twilight Basketball model to engage inactive young women in 2 new locations in Glasgow. This includes a new service dedicated to young women in Govan, Glasgow.
Next Steps targets women, aged 16+, with a history of (re-)offending, and/or subject to community justice orders, women released from prison, and those at high risk of offending as a result of substance misuse.
Delivery of Sirens for Success Programme across the country directly targeting inactive and disengaged secondary school girls in order to educate, empower, engage and inspire girls at risk of becoming disengaged with physical activity.
Fighting Chance Project (Scotland)
Schools judo programme for those less active, with a disability or social and behavioural issues.
Glasgow Bike Station
This project will develop pathways into cycling for women. It will also provide training and leadership opportunities for women to progress to ride and group leader. It will link to cycling events and social events specifically for women.
Scottish Youth Dance
Community-based dance group for young women in two deprived areas They will target the inactive aged 12-18; an after-school group in a local Secondary; and a community-based group for girls aged 10-12 from nearby feeder Primaries.
Airdrie & Motherwell
This project will support inactive girls to take part in cycling and improve their wellbeing through activities which develop their self-esteem and confidence.
To increase and support young women and girls to take part in tennis in 3 communities in Glasgow – Dalmarnock, Sighthill and Haghill
Scottish Women Warriors Wheelchair Basketball Club
Extend provision for wheelchair basketball and inclusive provision to under 18’s, targeting disabled girls and develop a junior section of the club. Schools will be offered taster sessions, for disabled and non-disabled, and they will seek referrals and also do outreach.
The Ripple Project
This project will aim to improve the quality of life for all ages in the community by helping people to help themselves. This will provide a range of multi-sport activities to girls as well as wellbeing support to complement these activities.
This project part fund and support unemployed young women to become active and improve their wellbeing including improving their employability. It will deliver a range of activities including dance fitness sessions and employment skills training.
The Adventure Syndicate
This project will provide bikepacking adventures to teenage girls across Scotland.Girls will participate in cycling and the planning of camping trips.