Social action enthusiast paves the way as Girlguiding Sport Young Leader

An inspirational young woman from Manchester has risen to the challenge to become a Motivate Champion for Girlguiding North West England.

Kyra, aged 18, recently completed her first Sport Young Leader Training session on Saturday 11 May, equipping her with the training and confidence to take the lead in her local community.

Kyra spent the day exploring leadership qualities and designing her very own sport session which she delivered to other attendees.

The training is part of Girlguiding North West England’s Motivate project, a social action initiative encouraging girls to get active and make a difference by supporting local sports organisations. 

Kyra shared: “I enjoy volunteering to give something back to the community. Motivate gives me the opportunity to help demonstrate and enhance my skills and help young people progress in sport.

“There is a high gender barrier within participation in sport due to greater media attention for males. This means that many girls don’t see opportunities for themselves within sport. I feel this project will help to change their perception.”

The project comes after research from Girlguiding’s Girls’ Attitudes Survey highlighted that one in two girls aged 7-21 in the UK, say gender stereotypes affect what sport and exercise they do.

The leading girl’s organisation in the North West is saying no to such gender stereotypes by empowering members to get active and to take the lead in sport.

Girlguiding North West England has been given over £150,000 from Sport England and the #iwill Fund to help young people use sport to make a positive difference in their communities - all thanks to funding from the National Lottery.