Series of events to increase participation.
Some of Scotland’s biggest sports stars have expressed their support for the fifth annual Scottish Women and Girls in Sport Week which kicks off tomorrow.
Solheim Cup star Catriona Matthew, athlete Eilish McColgan and sprinter Maria Lyle were among those who spoke about the health and wellness benefits of getting involved in sport and staying active.
A series of events will take place over the next seven days to highlight the many benefits of participation in sport and physical activity for girls and women, with particular emphasis this year on the positive impact on physical, mental and social health.
The importance of role models in driving adoption is one of the key messages this year.
Catriona Matthew, who captained Europe until the Solheim Cup triumph over the United States last month, said: âI think this is a great initiative and I absolutely support cheering as many women and girls as possible to get involved in sport.
âWhether it’s golf, tennis, cycling or any other sport, I think being physically active is so effective in improving mental and physical health. active fun social life.
âThis week is so important because it is truly about encouraging as many girls and women as possible to get active, whatever your level and whatever your age, as well as celebrating all of our great sporting achievements. Scottish sports. “
Olympian Eilish McColgan, who set a new British 10 mile record in the Great South Run last weekend, added: “I really hope this week encourages many women and girls to seek out the different opportunities. You don’t have to be an Olympian to enjoy sport – there really is something for everyone!
âThe friendships and relationships I have forged as a result of my involvement in the sport have truly changed my life and shaped me into who I am today – both on and off the track.
âThis past year has been very difficult for everyone, with many isolated at home and unable to follow their normal routines. Staying active and playing sports can help build confidence and the social element that sport brings is life. best part of it all. I call on all women and girls to go ahead and give it a try! Have a nice week! “
Eve Muirhead, Olympic medalist curler, said: âI was very lucky growing up in a sports oriented family and even before I started being successful on the curling track I knew how good I was. lucky to be immersed in activities that were good for both my physical health and my mental well-being and we understand more and more the importance of this.
âPlaying sports has been my life and I am honored to have attended three Olympic Winter Games playing alongside extremely inspiring teammates and having strong female role models is essential to continue the progress that has been made even during of my career. So there is a real sense of responsibility that comes with sporting success to help the next generation take advantage of the opportunities that are now greater than ever in every sport and we must continue this momentum! “
Sprinter Maria Lyle, who won the bronze double at the recent Tokyo Paralympic Games, added: âSport has opened many doors for me.
âNot only has sport allowed me to represent my country, but it has helped me gain self-confidence, make friends, improve my studies (time management), manage my handicap, overcome challenges. difficulties and to feel responsible for my physical and mental health. . “
Dr Rachel Malcolm, captain of the Scotland rugby team, added: âI am delighted to support Scottish Women and Girls in Sport Week 2021. Over the past year, the pandemic has set in evidence the importance of sport and physical activity, especially on our mental health. well-being.
âAfter the restrictions eased, it was fantastic to hear stories of women and girls trying rugby for the first time. Sport has the ability to bring people together, thus creating a sense of community and lasting friendships. I encourage anyone considering playing a sport or joining a local club to give it a try!
Jen Beattie, Scotland Women’s National Football Team defender, said: âIt has been amazing to see the growth of women’s and women’s sport throughout my life and for the young people starting their sporting journey. now have female models to admire.
âSport has so many benefits, both physical and mental, and it can really help you develop and grow as a person.
âEven in difficult times, sport can help you move forward, look to the future and be positive. During my breast cancer treatment last year, my teammates were a staple. The outing from being on the training ground was also amazing and helped me get through a tough time in my life.
“I am delighted to participate in the Active Scotland panel discussion later in the week to tell my story and answer any questions people may have about my trip so far.”
The Scottish Women and Girls in Sport Week runs from Monday 25th to 31st October.
The week aims to showcase projects from women and girls across Scotland, highlight role models and increase participation
More details can be found via Activate