This week, Sport England launched their official campaign ‘This girl can’, inspiring women to ‘wiggle, jiggle, move and prove that judgement is a barrier that can be overcome’.
According to Sport England’s Active People Survey for the year to April 2014, more than 7.2 million females aged 14+ took part in regular sport or physical activity, representing 31.4% of the female population. However, the survey also highlights the gap between male and female participation, with a gap of nearly 2 million between men and women.
On the subject of England, whilst we know a lot about international football and who the country’s top goal scorers, have we ever thought about where England Women sit within this roll of honour? Well here’s something to think about; Kelly Smith has scored 46 goals for England Women, just 3 short of Sir Bobby Charlton. What an incredible achievement this is for women’s football and more importantly women’s sport.
Further, Emily Scarratt has this week become only the second ever female winner of the prestigious Pat Marshall Memorial Award voted for by the Rugby Union Writers Club. An honour previously bestowed upon icons of the game including Jonny Wilkinson and Brian O’Driscoll.
Rayburn Tours fully support the campaign, ‘This Girl Can’, with a range of female-specific travel packages for school sports tours. Sun, sea, sand, sightseeing, socialising and sport reflect the perfect sports tour combination! We have schools from all over the UK trying something different and enjoying new sports challenges throughout 2015.
Female school sports tour benefits
By encouraging more girls to take part in sports touring, girls will experience the unique benefits of travel – becoming better team players, more rounded individuals, building character, and developing as British citizens are all some of the amazing traits that, at the end of a successful school sports tour, every girl can achieve. In the end, your girls will not be left saying ‘They Can’, but that ‘They Did!’
What about those girls who don’t play competitive sports? For whom sport isn’t their only passion? At Rayburn Tours we have developed an exciting new event staged in Greece and Italy named the Festival of Sports, designed purely to get boys and girls involved in sports and activities to aid personal and physical development. It’s the perfect way to get more females taking part in physical activity, to meet new people, learn some invaluable skills and overall, have fun! Click here to view The Festival of Sports’ designated page or to submit an enquiry.