Active Youth celebrates Women's Sport Week
Women's Sport Week (3rd – 9th October) is an opportunity for everybody involved with playing, delivering, leading or working in sport to celebrate, raise awareness and increase the profile of women’s sport across the UK.
To celebrate the week, UK Youth's flagship sports programme, Active Youth speaks to Mia, Eve & Anais from Fleckney Sports Centre in Leicester to help inspire many more young women to get active.
Q. Do you think it's important for girls to participate in sport?
A. Sport should be offered to girls just as much as it is for boys. There's been an increase in advertising targeting girls in recent months, which is great and it's starting to feel a lot more acceptable to be passionate about sport. We're really keen to try sports that are more stereotypically associated with boys like football or rugby so we're sure other young women will too.
Q. Do you have any sporting female role models?
A. It's pretty unanimous - Jessica Ennis.
Q. Do you think it's important for your generation to be active?
A. Definitely. The rise in technology has probably impacted on our generation's passion to go outside and get fit. Many of our friends will spend their time on their phone, on social media, playing computer games etc but it's important to exercise to keep your heart fit and healthy.
Q. Do you have any sporting aspirations?
A. We all actually want to work with children or in the sports industry - perhaps as a teacher or sports coach to help inspire other young girls to get active.
UK Youth's Active Youth programme aims to increase regular participation in sport by encouraging young people aged 14 to 25 who are not currently undertaking any regular exercise to get active.
If you feel inspired to find out more, please contact us.