Winners of 2018 Girls Active Awards celebrated at the Houses of Parliament

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Girls from across the UK gathered in London at a ceremony hosted by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

The Youth Sport Trust and Women in Sport have celebrated the five winners of the 2018 Girls Active Awards at a ceremony at the UK’s Houses of Parliament.

Girls Active is developed by the Youth Sport Trust and delivered in partnership with This Girl Can and Women in Sport through Sport England National Lottery funding. It supports schools to understand what motivates girls to take part in physical activity and empowers girls to influence change for themselves and their peers. The programme is aimed at tackling the negative attitudes that girls may have towards their body image or self-confidence and improve their attitude towards PE, sport and physical activity.

The awards are borne from the Girls Active programme and celebrate the work schools are doing to develop positive attitudes towards PE and sport and the achievements of girls, with regards their own level of physical activity but also that of their peers.

After a tough judging process conducted by a panel of experts that included British Champion Surfer Sophie Hellyer, Harlequins and England rugby player Abbie Scott, Women in Sport CEO Ruth Holdaway and four-time Olympic medalist Rebecca Adlington, five winners were selected.

Each winner has been commended for making a difference to their school and immediate peers, through the positive promotion of activity and sport.

Alison Oliver, Chief Executive Officer of the Youth Sport Trust and on the judging panel, said: “With over 450 schools involved in the Girls Active network it really is a huge achievement to be just one of five category winners. These girls are leading, contributing, inspiring and problem solving, for the good of their peers and the next generation of schoolgirls.”

Ruth Holdaway, Chief Executive of Women in Sport, commented: “The Girls Active Awards are a great celebration of the girls and young women that are going above and beyond to transform PE, school sport and physical activity in their schools. Women in Sport is proud to partner with the Youth Sport Trust to deliver this essential work, engaging girls in school sport through the Girls Active programme.”

2018 WINNERS

Cariad Lucas from Buckinghamshire has been awarded the Leader Award, after consistently promoting the aims of her school’s ‘Girls Active Takeover’ club and striving to develop confidence and activity levels for girls of all ages and sporting abilities, as well as promoting sport as enjoyable and fun.

This year’s Influencer Award was given to Riley Morris from Manchester, who has coached, managed and supported female football players in her school. Treating every student individually, she is fair and honest and brings out the best in every student she works with.

Girls Active Group Award has been awarded to Great Marlow GLAM from Buckinghamshire. A group of 15 girls lead the weekly Girls Active Takeover Club with great effect, encouraging and promoting positivity, confidence and self-belief for girls, as well as making activities fun. The group also organised an activity day for 150 primary school children, demonstrating outstanding organisation and communication skills, alongside a mature and enthusiastic nature to make all feel included, welcomed and valued.

Louisa McClintock from Lancashire has won the Personal Growth Award after successfully heading up the marketing of a school dance team, helping with her own anxieties along the way. She bravely and successfully gave a speech on the positive impact sports can have on mental health by sharing her own story of dance and depression at the dance showcase.

The Future Leader Award, a new award for primary school students, was given to Tia Kilkenny from Nottingham, who was nominated by no less than seven teachers and students. Tia is known for her enthusiasm for sport and PE and encouragement of others to achieve their best, sacrificing her personal time in order to help and support those around her.

The winners will be awarded with a range of ‘once in a lifetime’ prizes from a coaching session with the Harlequins Ladies and Girls Rugby team to working with the award-winning creators of the This Girl Can campaign.