An innovative project to encourage girls at city high schools to become more active was launched by the City of Edinburgh Council on Wednesday 26 October at Wester Hailes Education Centre.
The first ‘Girls Day Out’ conference organised by the Council’s Active Schools team aimed to inspire, encourage and support girls to become more active, raise the profile of successful girls and highlight their achievements and educate girls on the power of sport.
The event was organised in partnership with Youth Scotland and sportscotland and involved more than 150 girls from S1 to S3 year groups from across the city.
During the interactive, fun packed day the girls heard from inspiring female role-models and learned about the power of sport. They took part in a number of workshops including nutrition, mental wellbeing and alternative physical activity sessions including jump rope, trampolining and PiYo (cross between Pilates and Yoga).
Partners, Youth Scotland, supported the delivery of some of the workshops and also funded the girls who attend the conference to take part in the Dynamic Youth Awards which are a peer-assessed awards recognising the contributions and achievements of young people in the 10+ age group.
Councillor Cathy Fullerton, Vice Convener for Education, Children & Families at the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “Often girls give up sport when they start at high school so ‘Girls Day Out’ is a great way to encourage them to become more active and discover the different and fun ways to achieve this.
“I am sure that the great programme of activities at Wester Hailes will show the girls the benefits of taking part in PE, sport and physical activity.”
Stewart Harris, Chief Executive, sportscotland said: “Our aim with Active Girls is to work with our partners to increase participation in PE, sport and physical activity amongst girls and young women.
‘Girls Day Out’ is a terrific way for schools, clubs and hubs to showcase the opportunities available both locally and nationally.
“The Active Schools team here in Edinburgh has put together a very comprehensive and innovative programme to highlight the benefits of an active lifestyle in a fun and interactive way. I’m sure it will be a great success.”