On Wednesday 5 October 2022, Active Stirling hosted their first Active Girls Event at The PEAK in Stirling, as part of Active Scotland’s national initiative ‘Scottish Women and Girls in Sport Week’.
Participants were invited from all Stirling Council secondary schools, with eighty-nine secondary school girls in attendance on the day, to participate in a range of different physical activities, sport taster sessions, and a Q&A with special guests.
The women and girls got the opportunity to take part in Spin classes, Soft Archery sessions and tackle the Climbing Wall at The PEAK, all delivered by Active Stirling’s Coaches and Instructors. They also took part in Football sessions delivered by Stirling Albion, and Rugby sessions delivered by Stirling County Rugby Club.
After lunch, the girls gathered for a Q&A session with three very inspiring female role models in sport, who offered their time to be guest panellists. Lyndsey Noon, Scottish Archery Chief Executive Officer, Rebecca Morrison, Scottish Curling Skip for Team Morrison who represented Scotland at the World Women’s Championships 2022, and Ceitidh Ainsworth, Stirling County senior player & Un20 Scottish 7s player. St Modan’s High Schools ‘Fit for Girls’ & School Sports Ambassadors Kaelah Ryan, Eve Imrie & Chloe Campbell led the Q&A. It was inspiring to see so many young women and girls completely engaged in the highly informative and motivating conversations.
After the Q&A session, participants were free to explore the stalls available, providing support and information about women’s health, and the benefits of sport and physical activities. Including information about community clubs across Stirlingshire, Inspire Stirling’s Youth, Active Stirling’s volunteering pathway, and membership at The PEAK.
The objective of the event was to inspire young women and girls to be more physically active, educating them on the benefits, instilling confidence and reducing the gap and female dropout rate in sport.
It was great to see so many young women & girls engaging in physical activity and sport throughout the event. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to our special guests Lyndsey, Rebecca and Ceitidh for taking time out of their day to come along and speak at our event. Thank you also to Stirling County Rugby Club and Stirling Albion Football Club, it was great to have local clubs delivering taster sessions and advertising the great opportunities within the community for women and girls in sport