Girls On The Move

Girls on the Move is a project designed to increase physical activity levels among girls and young women in Scotland.

 

Mission: Activate Confidence

20 girls and young women, took part in a summer programme of activities at the Dundee International Women's Centre, culminating in a residential trip to Fairburn Activity Centre, Inverness.

  The aim of Mission: Activate Confidence was to encourage members of the girls-only Macara group to increase their confidence and their fitness levels by trying different physical activities.  The young women took part in weekly sessions on self-defence and cycling, and joined an outdoor activities summer trip where they tried tree climbing, abseiling, frisbee golf, rafting and mountain biking. 
 
The Dundee International Women's Centre provides services for women from a wide range of ethnic origins and has members from 42 different countries.  The Macara group is made up mainly of young women from Muslim communities who have faced specific cultural barriers to participation in sport in the past.  
 
The opportunity to try activities the young women had not tried before really increased their confidence and helped them face their fears of heights, tree climbing and midgies!   
 
"Before I joined the Macara group, I didn't do a lot of physical activities. Since I have joined, I am experiencing new activities that I have never done before. At the age of 11 or 12, I would never have thought I would do activities like rafting, doing a gorge walk and that sort of things. Coming to this group, it feels like it is possible" (16 year old participant)
 
Many of the participants have continued to stay active since the project.  They have participated in 8 dance sessions led by older members of the group, and 6 of the young women continue to cycle on a regular basis both for the physical and social benefits.
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