Schools and students from Derbyshire and Notts among Girls Active award winners

Posted: Wed, 04 Nov 2020 18:25

Schools and students from Derbyshire and Notts among Girls Active award winners

Schools and students from Derbyshire and Notts were among the winners at the Girls Active Awards, organised by the Youth Sport Trust.

Highfields School in Derbyshire was named the Girls Active School of the Year, whilst the award for the best Girls Active Group/GLAMS/Squad went to the Outwood Valley Active Girls Group from Outwood Academy Valley in Worksop.

Amy Truelove from The Redhill Academy in Nottingham received the award for Girls Active Personal Growth.

The Girls Active Awards recognise the impact that girls are having in shaping their PE curriculums and school sport to boost participation among fellow students.

Highfields School in Matlock received the Best Girls Active School Award in recognition of its range of programmes available, including its new Sixth Form mentoring scheme which supports Year 7 girls and runs sessions for those just joining the school who struggle with a lack of confidence. The school's team of ambassadors lead assemblies both in Highfields and in feeder Primary Schools and act as great role models.

The Best Group/GLAMS Award went to the Outwood Valley Active Girls Group from Outwood Academy Valley in Worksop.

The group of girls are full of enthusiasm and plans to help engage more of their peers in sport and activity in their school. They put together an outstanding presentation to teachers which resulted in them agreeing to girls being able to wear leggings in PE. They surveyed girls on activities that they wanted to attend and then created them and have given sport and PE a higher profile in school leading to a huge increase in the number or girls attending sports clubs.

The Personal Growth Award went to Amy Truelove from The Redhill Academy in Nottingham. Amy arrived at Redhill Academy as a shy, quiet girl who didn't really get involved in PE and struggled to communicate with her peers. Through being part of Girls Active she has grown into a completely different girl, fully engaging in sport and attending at least two extra-curricular activities each week. She even put herself forward to complete the Sports Leaders Level 1 course and has been teaching numerous younger students.

The Girls Active Awards were held online on November 3, with shortlisted young people and their classmates, as well as parents/guardians joining the celebrations. The event was hosted by former British sprinter and presenter of BBC Radio London 'The Women's Sport Show' Jeanette Kwakye, with a range of Girls Active Ambassadors, celebrity judges and sports stars presenting the evening's awards.

In January Active Derbyshire and Active Notts hosted a Girls Active Inspiration Day, attended by 150 girls (pictured above). Among the schools which attended was Ivanhoe College. Student Emi Dylewska received the Girls Active Leader Award. Girls Active has completely transformed Emi from a girl lacking in self-confidence to one who takes a proactive role in encouraging other girls to get involved. Emi now volunteers to help in PE on all occasions, leads part of the Netball Club and has even inspired school leaders to develop the girls' changing rooms to create a nicer environment.

Also shortlisted for an award was Victoria Charlton from Anthony Gell School in Wirksworth and Alisha Bethell from Highfields School in Matlock (Leader), Ashleigh-Brooke Chadburn from Ashfield School in Nottingham (Influencer), Layla Chirms from Frederick Gent School in South Normanton and Holly Carr from Highfields School in Matlock (Personal Growth), and the Ivanhoe College Miss Motivators (Best GLAM).

Girls Active is developed by the Youth Sport Trust, and is delivered in partnership with Women in Sport, and This Girl Can; it is funded through Sport England National Lottery. The programme involves girls in the design and delivery of PE, physical activity and school sport in primary and secondary schools.

Ali Oliver, CEO of the Youth Sport Trust, said: "All of the award winners are truly deserving and have shown huge passion and commitment for activating change not just for themselves, but for others around them."

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