Minister Joins Celebrations for Scottish Women & Girls in Sport Week 2023

Sports Minister, Maree Todd MSP joined young women at Meadowbank Sports Centre in Edinburgh to mark the culmination of a successful Scottish Women and Girls in Sport Week 2023 (2nd – 8th October).

Hosted by Scottish Sports Futures to highlight the barriers still facing young women in sport, the Minister joined participants as they took part in variety of different sports including wheelchair basketball and new age curling.

“Girls and young women are still not meeting the daily recommendations for levels of physical activity, are underrepresented in sport and positions of leadership, and this gap widens when there are additional inequalities involved. “We celebrated the theme of inclusion this week by asking girls what they would like us to focus on and continuing to promote the wide-ranging benefits of being active.”

The girls have attended a number of sessions throughout the year supported by the Sweaty Betty Foundation and met with the Sports Minister at last year’s event.  They were presented with goody bags which included a sports bra from Sweaty Betty and Netball Scotland kit.

“I enjoyed joining Scottish Sports Futures for their girls multi-sport event at Meadowbank Sports Centre during Scottish Women and Girls in Sport Week."

“Women and Girls in Sport Week is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the great work being delivered across the sporting system to encourage more women and girls to become physically active. “This year has seen phenomenal performances from female athletes on the world stage, creating some incredible role models for young women and girls. But we know that there are equally inspirational role models in communities right across Scotland who work so hard to create opportunities for women and girls to find their own journey in sport, this week provides a great opportunity to celebrate their vital contribution.”

Now in its seventh year, Scottish Women and Girls in Sport Week aims to reach as many women and girls across Scotland as possible. The Week is designed to show women that whatever their age, location or life stage, there is a sport or physical activity that’s right for them. Through this campaign, the hope is to help to boost their physical, mental and social health and for all women and girls to feel the benefits of being active.

The Week also provides an opportunity to promote the visibility and participation of women and girls as role models in sport and physical activity to help break down barriers and inspire women and girls to be active.

The Meadowbank event was made possible thanks to support from sportscotland, Badminton Scotland, Scottish Athletics, Basketball Scotland, and Scottish Disability Sport.

Click here to view all of the photos from the day!

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