Women take the lead in Greater Manchester

Between January to March 2016 GreaterSport developed and delivered a successful 3 month pilot, which saw 82 females get active with their family and friends at at parks, community centres and other venues that they normally go to in their everyday lives. 12 of these participants were also mentored and up skilled to be able to deliver the sessions, making them sustainable.

Research provided the concept to the project.

Research conducted by Sport England and Women in Sport, had identified that 1.7 million fewer women than men in England take part in sport or physical activity for the required 1 x 30 minutes per week. It highlights that factors to overcome this, and get more females active are; to tailor the activity to the group in respect of venue and time, focus on the social element, and ensure that the session leaders reflect the demographic of the group.

Making a change

The project aimed to 'Identify passionate and enthusiastic female coaches, to inspire and motivate females not only get active but to take the lead as well, in their own social setting'

GreaterSport worked with a number of partners including; Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles, Manchester City Council and the Reach into Coaching campaign. To identify and recruit:

  • Passionate Female coaches already delivering in Greater Manchester to work as mentors.
  • Already established female social groups based around four areas: School Gate mums, Slimming Clubs, Hairdressers and Higher Education. 

The project then matched the mentors with a group of women, who inspired and encouraged them to take up some form of physical activity such as running, walking, dancing and boxing. The sessions were put on in their own environments, such as after mums had dropped their children off at work, and at times to suit them.

Creating Leaders

Over the course of three months the mentors identified participants taking part in the sessions, to mentor and up skill so that they could start taking the warm up, and help new participants to the group. These trainees have now gone on to take over the delivery of the groups, and attended workshops to enable them to access formal training.   

For more information on the project take a look at our video or case studies on the right hand side of this page.