The landscape for girls’ schools sport/fitness –Sport / PE and its impact on confidence and body image

This is the title of the presentation given by Sarah Winckless MBE at the LIKEaGIRL – Getting to the core of activity and sport conference which is being held on 24th November 2015 at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield.

Sarah Winckless is a former British rower. She won a bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, and was twice world champion, in 2005 and 2006. She is Patron of the Scottish Huntington’s Association was Chair of the British Olympic Athlete’s Association from 2010 to 2014, and was Chef de Mission for the Youth Olympic Games 2014.  Sarah speaks regularly on motivation through sport and advises on leadership in business. In 2015 she was awarded an MBE for services to Sport and Young People.

This event is organised by Women’s Sport Network, Sports Marketing Network and Herts Sport Partnership. it will focus on what causes the disconnect, avoidance and drop out amongst young girls? How can schools, clubs & NGBs overcome this at an early age?  Is it just a case of P.E. v competitive sport? Fear of being judged? Or something much deeper?

The conference will consider that if we are serious about the wellbeing and achievement of all women and girls in later life, then we must create a culture where girls’ active participation in PE and sport is the norm. An understanding of why this disconnect occurs and how it can be avoided is essential – not just for girls in sport – but for girls throughout life.

Leading speakers on Women’s Sport (Sarah Winckless, MBE – Chair of British Olympic Athletes Commission & Danielle Sellwood – Co-founder Sportsister Magazine/Women’s Sports Trust. are joined by experienced academics (ClaireMarie Roberts, Uni. of Worcester, Women in Sport & Exercise Task Force/ Shannon Pepin Bevione, Plymouth Uni)  and sports/PE teachers from Headington Girl’s School and Sheffield High School. National Governing Bodies will have vision from Jenna Smith from Badminton England and other club/community-based presentations will be given by Melissa Anderson, Valleys Gymnastics Academy and Joanne Herbertson,  Cheshire Cricket Board, The conference will be chaired by Karen Rothery CEO at Surrey Sports Park.

A conference presenting real stories and ‘need-to-know’ support

This is not a conference packed with policy presentations – but real anecdotal information and advice to really help delegates better understand why girls do ‘Throw LIKEaGIRL’ and how they might change their thinking about the relationship between, competitive sport, fitness and PE. This event highlights best practice and provides thoughts, tools and to-dos on how to get more girls to become more active.

The conference is chaired by Karen Rothery, CEO of Surrey Sports Park and former CEO of BUCS. Presenters are all people who work on-day-day based with getting girls more active, coming from schools, community enterprises, NGBs, coaching agencies and other providers.

For further information contact

Svend Elkjaer, Sports Marketing Network, 5 Station Terrace, Boroughbridge, YO51 9BU, 01423 326 660

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