Emma’s motivation for pursuing sports

Posted on the 6th June 2019

Sport can have a positive impact on the community as it gives individuals something else to focus on, rather than work or school. People will see improvements in their physical and mental health while making new friends along the way. It allows people to come together who wouldn’t have usually met, creating a stronger bond throughout the community.

Sport Social action is crucial in giving young people opportunities to make a difference in their community through sport. Girlguiding North West England’s sport social action project, Motivate, inspires girls and young women to take up sport while boosting their life skills. It can also allow them to become more creative, especially with the activities in the project such as running ad campaigns for sports clubs or helping them fundraise. It is funded by Sport England and the #iwill fund.

Emma (L) with friends at swimming

Previously, I hadn’t taken part in much sport, but when I saw the new project for Girlguiding Rangers to get involved with, I knew I would feel a sense of achievement to get out of my comfort zone and try something new.

Members aged 14-18 can become sport young leaders with training delivered by sports development workers and advisers at Girlguiding North West England. This equips us with the guidance and tools needed to structure and run sports sessions for other Girlguiding members in the region.

Since getting involved, I feel encouraged to carry out sport sessions with other members and to support them in getting active, which really strengthens my leadership skills.

I also can’t wait to take it further into my community, which is the second part of the project. Here, I can work with a sport organisation and support its development.

I know that the other girls taking part will enjoy the experience as much as I do. We can support each other and give each other advice on how we can get better and better.

I am rising to the challenge and getting involved in this project to enhance my social skills – especially my confidence in leading a group. Through this volunteering role, I feel more organised since I must plan beforehand and improvise if any changes arise. It has given me an understanding of the thought that goes into running sports sessions. So far, I have run Rounders sessions for a group of 10-14 year old guides – it was awesome!

Getting in volved in the Motivate project has inspired me to continue volunteering with young girls and women in the future. I am eager to deliver more sessions to my peers with the same enthusiasm and success as the first one!

Emma Wood

Volunteering as a Sport Young Leader gives me the leadership skills and confidence to engage with young people through sport. It’s also a great way to get involved with my community.

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