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Year 9 Leaders win Youth Sport Trust’s Girls Active Award

A group of Year 9 students from Kingsbury High School have won a Girls Active Award, a national award that recognises the impact girls are having on their PE curriculum and school sport within their school.  

It is part of the Girls Active programme which aims to get more girls active and enjoying PE, school sport and physical activity. The programme is developed by children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust, delivered in partnership with Women in Sport and This Girl Can and funded through Sport England National Lottery funding.

As a ‘Girls Active’ school Kingsbury High is committed to empowering and supporting pupils to design physical activity opportunities within the school. Our Girls Active leaders worked with both local primary schools and lower school students to try and increase activity levels during the lockdown and inspire younger children. They created a series of 60 second video challenges which pupils could take part in at home and compete with others in their class. They have also given up their time on a number of other initiatives to help generate enthusiasm and interest in physical activity and sport. 

Since 2015, over 800 primary and secondary schools have been involved in the Girls Active programme across the country. 

Ali Oliver MBE, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, said:  

“The Girls Active and YST Young Changemaker Awards offer a fantastic opportunity for young people to not only be recognised, but allow them to reflect upon, and celebrate the impact of their work over the last year.  

“The awards are primarily about harnessing young people’s talents and voice and encouraging them to make a difference to others through sport. However, they also celebrate getting young people active and healthier through play and sport. Our research around barriers to participation in physical activity and sport tells us that one of the best ways to engage young people is through encouragement from their peers – something all these young people have done brilliantly. 

“To date, the Awards have recognised hundreds of young people and some incredible achievements, both as positive peer influencers and participants. Congratulations to this year’s cohort.”  

The 2021 Girls Active and YST Young Changemaker Awards took place as a virtual event on Wednesday 24 November.  

About the Girls Active Awards:

The Girls Active Awards are a celebration of the work girls are leading to get more girls active and enjoying PE and physical activity. For more information on the Girls Active Awards visit   

About the Youth Sport Trust:   

The Youth Sport Trust is the UK’s leading charity improving every young person’s education and development through sport and play. The children’s charity was founded in 1995 and it works with around 20,000 schools. It harnesses the power of sport to help young people to achieve their own personal best, and it equips educators to changes lives through sport and Physical Education.    

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