This summer has seen a surge in female participation throughout Positive Youth Foundation programmes across Coventry. During our 4-week summer programme we have seen on average 30+ girls attending and participating in sports every day.
At the start of the Summer, St. Finbarrs GAA Club started their first ever girls Gaelic football team. This initiative came from the increased interest of girls wanting to play Gaelic football through Positive Youth Foundation’s after school’s programmes. One of the sports primary benefits is that at an early ages boys and girls play and learn side by side on the pitch, creating a healthy training ground for equality and respect for both genders. After only three months of training sessions the girls entered the All – Britain Championships and Won the All Britain Shield.
This wasn’t the only success story in the city this summer. Positive Youth Foundation hosted the first Girls Chance to Shine National Street Cricket tournament. The tournament saw 88 young girls aged 5 – 15 playing and enjoying the day. The tournament itself had a festival feel to it as the day started with a variety of games lead by PYF Youth Leaders and Chance to Shine coaches and impromptu dance sessions breaking out in front of DJ Mikey D.
As the atmosphere of the day built up to the tournament matches, it was great to see almost a hundred girls from all over the country being active for over 4 hours.
With such a positive increase of girls participating in sports this summer there is high hopes for a much needed influx of girls sports programmes peaking as we come closer to next year when Coventry becomes European City of Sport 2019.