Getting Girls Active - Coach Cooper inspires children in Leicester

Leicester City School Sport Partnership hosted its seventh annual Women in Sport and Physical Activity (WISPA) conference Braunstone Leisure Centre this week. GB Women’s Head Coach Audrey Cooper was invited to inspire young females to take part in volleyball and sport and physical activity in general.

Held during international women’s week, the conference targets ten year 9 girls from each of the 16 secondary schools and 3 special schools within the Leicester City Area. The conference which is organised in partnership between Leicester City School Sport Partnership and Leicester City Council is designed to re-engage Year 9 girls who wouldn’t usually be interested in PE and encourage them to participate in more physical activity by giving them the opportunity to take part in a variety of new and exciting activities.

Inspiring the next generation (image: Volleyball England)

This year’s event was the biggest yet and volleyball was one of the sports identified. Crown Hills, one of the participating schools is already part of our Adopt An Olympian scheme. Prior to the event the schools were provided with promotional material about the GB Women’s team, on the day more than 50 young girls chose to give volleyball a try, to be coached by an Olympian and get the opportunity to ask questions of the current GB Women’s Head Coach.

Gerard van Zwieten, Volleyball England’s Community Development Coach comments:

“We had over 200 girls today and in the volleyball we had roughly 55 girls participating in the taster sessions. It was great and most of them were impressed by the fact that most of the GB girls started so late playing volleyball. They all felt as a result that they have a chance as well. Audrey did an excellent Q&A session and helped me with one of the taster sessions. The girls loved it! I had several girls afterwards asking me where the nearby volleyball club is and that is why we all do it.

Thank you to Cary Wicks, the promotion material was fantastic, the posters were very very visible and were admired by many girls and adults. Thankyou! “

 

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