The leading sport for development charity Sported has been awarded funding from Sport Northern Ireland and the Department for Communities to get more young women and girls physically active and playing sport in Northern Ireland.
The funding is part of Sport Northern Ireland’s ‘Active Fit and Sporty’ project, and will support the expansion and continued delivery of Sported’s Engage-HER programme in partnership with Women in Sport, following a successful five-month pilot.
George Lucas, Chair of Sport Northern Ireland, said: “Sport NI is delighted to continue supporting and collaborating with Sported as part of our ‘Active Fit and Sporty Project’, together with the Department for Communities and our other partners.
“We share their commitment to helping women and girls across Northern Ireland enjoy, engage and excel in sport through the delivery of quality sporting experiences, and look forward to seeing the continued impact of the ‘Engage-HER’ programme.”
As part of Engage-HER, community sport groups benefit from insight, training and Sported volunteer support to improve their engagement with women and girls, and create more tailored participation opportunities.
The extension to the programme will see Sported staff, volunteers and selected partners trained to deliver Women in Sport’s insight workshops, in order that the charity’s expert knowledge can be disseminated to community groups across Northern Ireland.
Ten further community sport groups and two sporting National Governing Bodies (NGBs) will benefit from Engage-HER. Each will receive training on how to effectively attract and retain women and girls in sport and activity, plus volunteer support from Sported to develop and implement a women and girls engagement plan.
Sported members from the original pilot will also receive further support to deepen their understanding of the topic.
Brenda Kelly, Northern Ireland Manager at Sported, said: “Following the successful pilot of Engage-HER with Women in Sport, it’s fantastic that Sport NI and the Department for Communities have awarded us funding to continue the programme.
“This unique package of support will help our members break down barriers to participation and get more young women and girls benefitting from the life-enhancing effects of sport.”
Sported supports over 3,000 community sport clubs and youth groups across the UK that deliver ‘sport for development’, for example targeting crime, anti-social behaviour and obesity.