Organisations involved in this project have been nominating girls to become part of the inaugural Project 51 Young Influencer’s group. The successfully selected nine girls will meet a number of times over the next 18 months to share their views and plan how they can represent the voice of girls who are missing out on the lifelong benefits of sport in the UK, and campaign for the changes they want to see.
On the 20th September 2018 the nine girls came together in London for their first meeting. They had a jam-packed day filled with discussion and debate, prompted by inspirational experts from sport, physical activity and campaigning.
The young Influencers identified the issues that mean the most to them and will be making some noise about them over the next 18 months. To meet the girls and hear more about what they have been up to, you can find them on Instagram and twitter @Project_51_Girl
Heather Smith, Women in Sport Senior Innovation Manager, said: “Girls are missing out on all the benefits sport brings, with just 8% of teenage girls meeting guidelines for activity and three quarters of girls hearing disparaging remarks about girls in sport it is clear there is a lot of work to be done. We are so excited to have an amazing group of young people from across the UK who are lending their voice to the conversation and we hope they will influence change both nationally and in their local area”
Louise Harris, Project Manager Sported, said: “Project 51 is having a fantastic impact in our member clubs across the country, having the Young Influencers to highlight the issues and campaign for the changes they want to see in disadvantaged communities brings a new dimension to the project. We can’t wait to see the vision these girls have for the future of sport!”