Strong Not Skinny

Megan has gone above and beyond to increase the participation of her peers in physical activity. She was instrumental in the success of the Girls Only Fitness Suite Club at her school and has helped to show others that weight training isn’t just for boys! She consistently comes up with ideas to increase participation, such as the creation and coordination of a spinning club. Her approachable nature makes her the ideal link between students and staff, and she acts as a spokesperson to raise issues her peers are facing. For example, she made suggestions to the governors regarding the uniform girls were required to wear for PE, and as a result, changes were made helping the students feel much more comfortable. She is the first to take someone else under her wing and acts as a mentor and role model as well as a friend. She helped to organise the application for Sportivate funding so that the school could purchase trampolines and train an instructor for a Boogie Bounce club at school. The six-week programme was such a success that the girls set up a loyalty card scheme to help keep the club running. Girls received prizes when they collected stickers, which were purchased with the funding. The number of girls attending the club has massively increased, helping change the attitude and language toward sport in general. The word ‘strong’ has replaced ‘skinny, largely due to the dedication of Megan.