Maree Todd, Minister for Public Health, Women’s Health and Sport joined young women from the charity, Scottish Sports Futures, today to take part in physical games and launch Scottish Women & Girls in Sport Week 2022.
Organised by the Active Scotland Division of Scottish Government, the initiative highlights the importance of removing barriers to support and encourage women and girls to participate in sports and physical activity, highlighting the value of partnerships and the benefits activity and connection brings.
Fifteen girls from Glasgow, Fife and Stirling joined the Minister in Inverness to take part in sports games and discuss what stops girls and young women from being active.
The girls also received £24,000 worth of sports bras for the charity to distribute from The Sweaty Betty Foundation which has set up a new partnership with Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) to empower inactive girls, specifically those from lower income families and ethnically diverse communities.
The Sweaty Betty Foundation was launched in 2021 by the women’s activewear brand to encourage women and girls to stay active for life.
SSF will distribute the bras at the weekly sessions it runs throughout Scotland.
Following the Minister’s visit, the girls were encouraged to discuss what they think stops girls from participating in sport which includes not having the right clothes as well as periods and body confidence.
The girls are also going on to take part in a UK initiative launched by the Sweaty Betty Foundation where they can practise their leadership skills in a Dragon’s Den process to receive a grant to deliver their own girls only programme over the winter.