Celebrating International Women's Day with our Sport and Health Team
Today is International Women's Day and we would like to take the opportunity to encourage more women and girls to take up sport and physical activity.
Sport and physical activity is recognised as offering a range of life benefits for women and girls. Across Swansea we recognise the number of ways that women and girls can get involved, this can vary from participating in an activity to leadership roles such as coaching, officiating and volunteering.
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Our Us Girls and StreetGamesprogramme gives young women and girls ages 8-14 a space where they can exercise, be together and have fun! As research shows there is a decline in physical activity levels in girls during their teenage years, the Us girls camps and sessions are designed to engage young women and girls in new activities and give them a space where they feel comfortable and feel confident.
Every school holiday, we run Us Girls camps in partnership with Freedom Leisure. We also set up extra sessions across Swansea that are low cost/free for girls to access. Some of the activity's girls can get involved with are football, judo, swimming, climbing, netball and much more. We always ask the girls what they want to do in the next sessions, so they are involved in the planning and development of them. Older girls can become Us Girls volunteers and help with the running of the camps when they are 15 and over. The camps also focus on health and wellbeing so may include talks, workshops, and art activities to support mental health and confidence. We can also provide period poverty supplies both disposable and reusable and a healthy snack as part of the fit and fed programme.
Before every school holidays you can check our Us Girls page to see what sessions will be happening.
Help us to learn more, are you aged 16-25?
We are looking to expand opportunities for young women aged 16-25 in Swansea and would like to hear your thoughts. Physical Activity comes in a range of forms from walking the dog, taking the stairs, gardening, playing, doing an exercise class or a sport.
Please fill out the questionnaire online to help us shape our programme and tell us what barriers prevent you from increasing physical activity and what you want to see more of in your area.
Get in touch
If you would like to chat further with us about women and girls in sport and physical activity, please contact our team on SportandHealth@swansea.gov.uk.
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