LIKEaGIRL conference 24/11 – why girls avoid ‘sport’ at school and frequently drop into inactivity

LIKEaGIRL – Getting to the core of activity and sport is the title of a conference held on 24th November 2015 at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield.

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.e full conference programme is attached.

For further information contact

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

01423 326 660 svend@smnuk.com

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