Olympic boxer Natasha Jonas has helped launch a Wirral secondary school’s new boxercise sessions after securing funding from This Girl Can Wirral.
Upton Hall Girls School was able to extend its PE curriculum, to now include boxercise with the help of the ‘Give it a Go Grant’. The school applied for some funding after pupils in the school asked for boxercise sessions to be added to their PE choices.
Professional boxer Natasha was invited to launch the first session, and the star was on hand to give out boxing tips, speak to pupils about her journey into boxing and even had time to show off some serious skipping skills.
'It was a real privilege to be asked to launch the school’s first boxercise sessions. It was great to see the girls enjoying the new gloves and pads and having a go.
'To see them all taking part and having fun is what it should be about. Finding the activity you really enjoy is vital to be able to stick at it. I think it’s important to let girls know that there may be difficulties or it might be daunting getting involved in sport but nothing is impossible and once they find the sport for them they won’t look back!'
The all-girls school needed £720 to buy boxing equipment to provide the sessions which will see more than 300 girls take part during PE lessons and eventually after school sessions.
Sarah Fox- Parry, Head of PE at Upton Hall School said:
'This Girl Can Wirral has enabled us to introduce Boxercise as part of the fitness curriculum and introduce an after school club. This will have a huge impact on self-esteem, confidence and the girl’s fitness.
'The project has encouraged girls of all abilities in the school to take part. It’s all about getting girls involved in sports that they enjoy and relieves stress in a fun enjoyable way!'
The Give it a Go Grant was introduced by Wirral’s version of the Sport England campaign ‘This Girl Can’. The grant was open to all secondary schools in the borough to help fund a project or idea that would encourage more girls to take part in sport.
Cllr Bernie Mooney, Cabinet member for Children and Families said:
'It’s fantastic to see just how much the grant from This Girl Can Wirral will help the school and the girls taking part. It’s a perfect example of how the campaign is creating more opportunities for girls to give different sports a go in the hope they find the one they enjoy.
'Natasha is a true sporting inspiration and is the ideal role model for girls. I’m sure having her there on the day has really encouraged the pupils to have the confidence to take part in boxing and in turn try out other sporting activities.
Officially launched last year, This Girl Can Wirral is aimed at helping girls aged 13-18 feel confident enough to take part in physical activity as well as celebrating those already enjoying getting stuck in to fitness or sport.'
You can keep up with the latest goings on from the campaign on Instagram @ThisGirlCanInWirral or on Twitter @TGC_Wirral.
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Published by Wirral Council News on Wed, 30 May 2018 http://www.wirral.gov.uk