Girls Active is a joint programme between the Health Services Executive North West and Local Sports Partnerships and is aimed at teenage girls who are not currently participating in sport. The programme was initiated in 2003 and aims to increase the number of teenage girls involved in long-term regular physical activity through developing more supportive environments for teenage girls’ physical activity in schools.
The programme involves extra curricular physical activities for teenage girls which are:
Recreational and non competitive
Activities selected by the Girls
Activities organised by the Girls
At least 3 different activities throughout the year
Links with the Social and Personal Health Education Programme
Examples of Activities include: Dance, Yoga, Tai Chi, Aerobics, Gym, Swimming, Volleyball, Tae Bo, Martial Arts.
Support for participating schools includes;
Training for co-ordinating teachers to establish the programme
School visits – girls and teachers
Activity fests – opportunity to try a range of activities and other schools
Support for girls to lead the programme
Instructor database – developing a database of instructors willing to become involved in the programme