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Vale of Glamorgan Sports & Play Development team joins national initiative to encourage more women and girls to stay active

 

04 August 2017


The Vale of Glamorgan Council Sports & Play Development team has joined ‘Our Squad’ – an initiative by Sport Wales to celebrate, encourage and empower women in Wales to get active, and stay active.


BadmintonSport Wales is a national organisation responsible for developing and promoting sport and physical activity in Wales. 


The Our Squad campaign will bring to life the unique stories of women from different walks of life, from all across Wales, who each have their own reason for getting physically active.  

 
The sports & play development team have pledged their commitment to helping increase the number of women and girls getting active, particularly at a time when research shows fewer females are taking part in sport or physical recreation compared to their male counterparts.


One of the most recent successful ‘Girls on the Move projects’, a Vale of Glamorgan sports development and local campaign to get more females active  is ‘Sisters with Blisters’, a running group for 14-18 year olds.


It was led by a group of dedicated run leader volunteers who have acted as ambassadors and inspired a group of girls in Penarth to get more active through running.   


Vale residents inspiring women to become more active are female cycling Champions, are Hilary May and Sara Novo, who are part of the British Cycling Breeze Ride programme encouraging and inspiring local women to get more active through cycling in a friendly and non-competitive environment.  

 

Cycling around WalesSarah Powell, Chief Executive of Sport Wales, said: “We’re delighted to welcome the Vale of Glamorgan Council Sports & Play development team to the squad! We wouldn’t be able to reach and inspire as many women and girls in the Vale without their support.  

 

“There’s a network of women and girls out there tackling each one of the barriers preventing more becoming active and it’s through like this that we’ll unite these ladies and ensure they bring others with them along the way.” 


Councillor Gordon Kemp, Cabinet Member for Social Care, Health & Leisure said: “It’s wonderful to see women from all over Wales, taking part in new activities and ‘Our Squad’ is creating so many sport opportunities for people to keep active. 


“The ‘Sisters with Blisters’ is a great local campaign and it’s great to hear of its success in the Vale.” 


Women and girls looking to be a part of Our Squad or become an ambassador in the Vale of Glamorgan are invited to like Our Squad’s Facebook page and follow on its Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.


If you run your own women or girls group, or want information on how to get involved and be a part of ‘Our Squad’ , take a look at www.oursquad.cymru.


To find out more information on local activities across the Vale, you can call the Sports & Play development team on 01446 704808 or email rlshepherd@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk. You can also follow ‘Our Squad’ on Facebook and Twitter.  

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