A number of Governing Bodies of sport have joined forces in a unique collaboration which aims to increase opportunities for women and girls to participate in sport as well as raising the profile of women and girls sport within the local media. Ulster Hockey, Ulster Camogie, Ulster Ladies Gaelic, Ulster Rugby and the Irish Football Association have come together to create an innovative forum that will provide further opportunities for women and girls to participate in a wide range of future sporting events
Queen’s University Playing Fields, Upper Malone Road, Belfast will play host to the first of these events in the form of a Girls Multi-Sport Activity Day on Thursday next (26th April). The event will provide Year 8 girls from different schools in the Belfast area with the opportunity to participate in and experience the unique aspects of all five sports in a fun and structured coaching environment. Role models from each sport will also be in attendance and will interact with pupils throughout the coaching sessions.
Speaking at the launch of the event recently Sheena Kelly from Ulster Ladies Gaelic said “This event is a great opportunity for young girls to experience a variety of field sports that they may not have tried before. Not only will they be taking part in new sports, but they will also be meeting girls from other schools with different sporting and cultural backgrounds”.
Sara Booth from the IFA also said “We hope that this event will raise the profile of the sports that we are all involved in and that the top quality players who will be in attendance will inspire and spur the girls on to get involved in all the sports on offer. It is a fantastic opportunity for them!”
The event is being organised by the governing bodies involved and is being sported by Sport NI, Belfast City Council and Active Belfast.