Girls Active is making a positive difference, with schools reporting that it is improving girls’ attitudes to school, raising confidence and self – esteem, and increasing levels of participation in sporting activities and fitness among girls.

The Girls Active Awards 2019 are an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the incredible impact girls are having in inspiring and engaging girls and women to get active and lead healthier and happier lives.

This year the Girls Active awards have brand new categories and for the first time primary aged girls who are part of the Stepping Up for Change programme will be involved.

Girls should demonstrate at least one of the following criteria to qualify for a category:



  • A positive relatable role model
  • Inclusive – welcoming and proactively tried to engage all girls
  • Empowered other girls. helped to unlock potential and enabled others to become leaders too
  • Set up new clubs/ teams/ physical activity programmes
  • Made a positive difference to the lives of girls and women at school and/ or in the wider community


  • Influenced girls
    • Persuaded and encouraged non-active peers to get active
    • Changed perceptions about sport and physical activity
  • Influenced decision makers
    • Persuaded decision makers to take on a new idea/ approach
    • Worked in partnership with teachers to deliver programmes
    • Secured funding or support for proposed activity

Personal Growth

  • Gone through a personal journey
  • Developed CARE skills: Creativity, Aspiration, Resilience and Empathy
  • Improved student behaviour, attitude and/ or wellbeing
  • Found/ amplified her voice

Best Group/GLAMS/ Squad

  • Demonstrated collective leadership
  • Made a demonstrable impact
  • Took an innovative approach – thinking outside the box
  • Gone above and beyond what is asked

Future Leader

(Primary Schools Only)

  • Helped the teacher and/ or mentor to deliver sport and physical activity sessions
  • Encouraged others to take part
  • Set a good example
  • Passionate and enthusiastic

Closing date:

Online nominations will close 11:45pm on Friday 19 July 2019

Postal entries need to be received by Monday 22 July 2019

Entries received after these times will not be considered

Got a question?

If you have any queries about the Girls Active Awards or the nomination process please contact us by email:

Nomination Rules

  • Schools, students and community members making nominations must have been part of the Girls Active programme, Girls Active Camp or the Stepping Up for Change programme
  • The age range for nominations for Girls Active Awards is 8 – 18 year olds
  • Stepping Up for Change age range is 8 -11 year olds
  • Nominators have up to two votes, one for a Girls Active participant and one for a Girls Active Group/ Squad/ GLAMS
  • Nominators have one vote for a Stepping Up for Change participant
  • Entries received after this time will not be considered
  • Full terms and conditions for the awards prize draw can be found here
  • Winners will need to be available to attend an awards ceremony in London in October 2019. Travel expenses will be covered.

Girls need desire, confidence and social support to be physically active