Paige visits Empowering Girls Festival

22% of girls do not meet physical activity guidelines.

Hollie Williams

Blues Women defender Paige Williams visited the Empowering Girls Festival at Smith’s Wood Academy to meet with 130 girls from five Birmingham and Solihull primary schools on Wednesday.

The festival was organised by North Solihull Sport as part of their year-long Girl Power programme to inspire and encourage young girls to be active. The all-day festival sports extravaganza gave girls the opportunity to get involved with a variety of games, have fun and meet Paige.

Hollie Williams from North Solihull Sport let us know what the event was all about;

"At North Solihull Sport we want to do everything in our power to motivate and encourage women of all ages to find a way to be active doing something they love. We understand why being active is so important and want the very best for young women in our schools. 

The Girl Power project is a year-long programme developed and delivered by North Solihull Sport. The project is aimed at; installing a love of being active in girls aged 7-9 with a view to improving physical and mental health, to empower and support girls in Year 5 & 6 to lead and inspire as role models and to identify and raise the profile of women in sport. 

Why Girl Power?

National data shows that physical activity levels start to decrease in children as young as 7. This is known as the 'tipping point' for girls attitudes and confidence. 22% of girls do not meet physical activity guidelines. This figure has been steadily increasing year on year."

Paige, who helped on the day and answered questions from the girls, added;

"The festival is a great programme to be part of as it keeps so many young girls active and involved in sports. I hope that the girls have a real belief that you can now make a career out of something you love. The kids were great and asked so many brilliant questions."

Melissa Martin, PE Co-ordinator at St Anthony's Catholic Primary School was equally impressed, explaining;

"The children at St Anthony’s thoroughly enjoyed their day. It was lovely to watch the Year 3’s grow in confidence as the day went on and make connections with other girls. The Year 6’s walked away saying how much they enjoyed encouraging and supporting others.

However, the best part of the day had to be seeing the children’s faces when Paige came in to speak to them. I have had children in Year 3 who’ve never had an interest in football asking me if they could join the school club when they go back!’"

Thanks to Paige, everyone from North Solihull Sport and all who attended, for making the festival a huge success.

Girl Power!