Spirit of 2012 is an official Legacy Partner of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and is delighted to be working with the Scottish Government to distribute funding that will increase the number of women and girls in Scotland who participate in sport and physical activity. A £300,000 fund to encourage more women to get involved in sport has been awarded to fourteen projects and was announced on Active Girls Day by Sports Minister Aileen Campbell.
From wheelchair basketball in Glasgow, to judo in Fife and bikepacking adventures in the Highlands, these projects will tackle the barriers that lead to historically lower levels of physical activity among girls than boys in Scotland.
“Spirit of 2012 is absolutely committed to helping remove the barriers that stop many women participating in physical activity." - Debbie Lye, Spirit of 2012 Chief Executive
Speaking at Scottish Women Warriors Wheelchair Basketball Club in Glasgow, Sports Minister Aileen Campbell said: “I have seen some great work as part of Scotland’s first ever Women and Girls in Sport Week this week. From athletics training with athlete Eilish McColgan in Perthshire to wheelchair basketball in Glasgow, there are more ways than ever for women and girls to get active.
“It is still clear, however, that many women and girls still face additional barriers when it comes to getting involved in sport. As a government, we recognise that further action is required, which is why I am pleased to announce the fourteen projects that will work to tackle this long-standing challenge. Congratulations to those who have been successful. I am sure they will build on the excellent work I have already seen during the week and help to transform opportunities for women and girls all over Scotland.”
Debbie Lye, Spirit of 2012 Chief Executive, said: “Spirit of 2012 is absolutely committed to helping remove the barriers that stop many women participating in physical activity. The opportunity to manage the Sporting Equality Fund with such a wide range of fantastic organisations is particularly exciting and we look forward to seeing as many women as possible getting active as a result.”
The successful organisations that will benefit from Sporting Equality Funding are:
North Ayrshire Leisure Ltd (KA Leisure)
Z1 Girls Group
Scottish Sports Futures
Fighting Chance Project (Scotland)
Glasgow Bike Station
Scottish Youth Dance
Scottish Women Warriors Wheelchair Basketball Club
The Ripple Project
The Adventure Syndicate
Scottish Women and Girls in Sport Week runs from 1 to 8 October. Friday 6 October is Active Girls Day.