More than 100 girls aged from 11 to 15 joined experienced players and coaches from Hertfordshire Mavericks Netball Club, Arsenal Ladies Football Club and Saracens Women’s Rugby Club for a day of sporting fun, skills and games.
The Girls Get Sporty event – a new initiative specifically designed to encourage girls to take up a new sport in a fun and inspirational environment – was held at the Hertfordshire Sports Village.
Around 40 coaches and players, many of whom are involved in their sports at national level, led demonstrations, held skills sessions and took part in question and answer forums before the team mascots competed in a finale race. Arsenal Ladies’ Gunnersaurus emerged victorious.
The free event attracted girls from across the county and was organised in partnership with the three clubs, the Herts Sports Partnership and Hertfordshire Sports Village.
The girls were presented with a souvenir photograph to take away as a memento of the day.
Jane Shewring of the Herts Sports Partnership said: “It’s great to see so many youngsters involved in these three sports and we are confident that many of them will continue to play one or more of these sports in the future.
“With so many high quality coaches and players involved today, we really hope that the youngsters will be inspired and take away with them the belief that they can enjoy, improve and achieve through sport.”
A Hertfordshire coaching bursary scheme was also launched during the day.
The scheme is managed by the Herts Sports Partnership and specifically encourages women to take up sports coaching and support existing female coaches to develop their skills.
For information about opportunities to join local sessions, clubs and courses, call the HSP on 01707 281201 or visit www.sportinherts.org.uk