Jogability to help girls with additional needs to get active!

Thursday 2 May 2019

Andrea with the girls of Firpark Primary

Read the announcement on the sportscotland website.

We’re delighted to announce that jogscotland has received funding from sportscotland to start a new project helping girls with disabilities or additional support needs to get active.

jogability will focus on school-age girls and young women in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, East Ayrshire and North Lanarkshire. Each of the areas has been targeted due to low numbers of girls and young women who have participated in sport or physical activity. The project will be delivered with our partners SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health), and linking up with other organisations such as Active Schools and Scottish Disability Sport.

The idea grew out of our Active Girls Day activities in October (pictured above), and was the brainchild of our project worker, Andrea Gavin. Andrea said: “I am really pleased that jogscotland has been chosen as one of the successful bids for the Women and Girls Fund from sportscotland. After Active Girls Day in October 2018 we became aware of the number of girls and young women who were not participating in physical activity, and I really wanted to use our resources and expertise to help change that. This project will see our current junior jogscotland pack being adapted for those with an additional support need or disability.”

Chair of sportscotland, Mel Young, said: “Sport has the power to change lives and the projects chosen to receive this funding demonstrate that the benefits of participation go way beyond simply improving physical health.

“For some of the women and girls, the impact literally could be life-changing, as they develop the social skills, self-confidence and employability skills they need to progress in life.”

The junior jogscotland pack includes a range of fun, group-based activities for children, with a focus on improving agility, balance and coordination through play. The aim is to create new junior jogscotland groups in schools or community clubs that the girls are already attending. We’ll train jog leaders for the new groups and work with them to adapt resources in the pack to meet the girls’ needs, creating new resources where necessary to help them get active.

jogability will continue for a year, with the aim of setting up groups that are self-sustaining beyond that time.

For more information please contact Andrea.

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