Getting Us Girls Active Debate – International Women’s Day – Durham ~ 8th March 2012

16 February 2012 at 7:16 pm

Thursday 8th March 2012 from 9:30am – 4:00pm
At the Durham Centre, Belmont Industrial Estate, Durham, DH1 1TN

Getting Us Girls Active is a day designed to raise awareness of the importance of developing women and girls sports programmes and to create a network for change.

With StreetGames we will discuss and debate how women’s sport has been profiled, hear from key sports personalities past and present on their experiences and hopes for 2012, and create a platform for the North East’s coaches, leaders and development workers to make a difference.

From the day you will:

    • Gain valuable insight into developing activities and sport for women and girls
    • Debate current issues surrounding women’s sporting activity and help stimulate change
    • Have the opportunity to network with others working across the region, sharing your experiences and best practice
    • Find new and innovative ways to help grow opportunities for women and girls wishing to access sport for fun or as a career

Workshops Available

Morning session

    1 – Working with the media – Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) showed just where women’s sport is in the media and what a low priority it is. BBC presenter Katie Gornall will help us understand how can we make a change and what can we learn from people in the media to create new and positive and less stereotypical role models
    2 – Women’s sport outside the UK – Experiences from outside the UK show women’s participation to have better structure and opportunity – hear from women including European basketball star Andrea Congreves, who have lived and worked outside the UK in sport, hear how different it is in Europe and the states and how we can look to use these models in the future.
    3 – Making a difference – Learn from top managers and coaches who have developed successful women only programmes and how to put them into place in everyday delivery
    4 – US Girls for the future – The Us Girls programme is delivered by the Active Women Consortium and led by StreetGames. The national programme was launched on International Women’s Day 2011 – and is now one year old. Over 8,000 young women (16-25) from urban areas across the country have got active through the Us Girls programme. The team gained valuable insight on what works via face to face consultation with young women / project evaluation and project manager feedback. The team are now able to share valuable insights from this first year of delivery into how to get young women active and to keep them active.

Afternoon session

    5 – Social media for change – Social media is the modern way to communicate and was how the BBC were challenged over SPOTY. Many young women want to learn about sport and activities this way. What works, what is successful and how can we make it work for increasing womens and girls participation in sport
    6 – How coaches and leaders inspire the future – We all have mentors and role models in life This workshop discusses how important it is to have the right coach, leader of volunteer and hears from some top athletes how important it has been for them
    7 – It’s not a mans world – High profile men’s sports are officiated successfully by women. Top officials including rugby league’s Sarah Bennison talk to us about their experiences and how can we encourage more women to become officials explaining it is possible to break into top level sport.
    8 – It’s not all about sport – Young people talk about what inspires them to take part in activity. Hear about excellent community projects about how important it is for the right approach right place and right time

Only £35 per delegate including all refreshments, resources across the day, and lunch. To avoid disappointment book early as places are limited.

To book your place now or for more information call Sarah Bennett on 0191 277 3071 or online at




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