Martial arts, make-up and quidditch on offer in bid to boost girls’ participation in sport


The free event, which was held at Aberdeen Sports Village on Monday (19th June), welcomed over 300 girls, from secondary 2-4, from 10 different Aberdeen City schools throughout the day. 

The sport and physical activity extravaganza addressed issues surrounding barriers to young girls taking part in sport by offering a unique mix of activities, aimed at engaging with the girls, including talks on mental and physical health delivered by the committee themselves.

The ‘Girl’s Big Day Out’ also welcomed Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Mental Health, in efforts to raise awareness and seek backing for their plans to increase participation in sport and physical activity throughout Aberdeen City.

Commenting, Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Mental Health, said:

“We know that an active lifestyle has a huge impact not just on our physical health, but on our mental wellbeing too – and the Scottish Government is committed to increasing the participation, engagement and promotion of women in sport.

“That’s why I’m really pleased to be here today to see the positive impact the Active Girls Committee has already had and hear how it’s breaking down some of the barriers to young girls taking part in sport. I’d especially like to congratulate the girls on the committee – they’re a real inspiration and great role models for their peers.”

Commenting, Sport Aberdeen’s Director for Sport and Active Lifestyles, Jo Bell, said:

“The determined young women behind this project are on track to creating positive change and I believe by harnessing this inspiring energy that a real difference can be made and more girls can be motivated to take part in sports.

“We were delighted to have the Minister here today to hear about the work of the Active Girls Committee. The group is led by girls, for girls, and this innovative approach is already having a real impact on participation.

“Sport isn’t just about excellence, but about keeping fit, having fun and spending time with friends. This is really reflected in the girl’s big day out and it was great to see so many young women enjoying the exciting activities on offer. Every girl is different and that’s why we had martial arts, make-up and quidditch on offer today.”