Young people from Worcester will be showing off their dancing and rugby skills through an exciting community project from Sanctuary Housing and Worcester Warriors Community Foundation.
The ‘Girls Only’ project will see Year 7 girls from Christopher Whitehead Language College in Worcester take part in ten workshops with Worcester Warriors. This will include dance classes, as well as further sessions focusing on different activities such as rugby, Zumba, cheerleading and hair and beauty.
A launch event took place for the project last week at Worcester Warriors’ Sixways Stadium where the girls got involved in a trial rugby session, taught by the professional coaches.
Beth Page, foundation learning coordinator from Christopher Whitehead School, said: “I think the 14 girls taking part in this project will really get a lot out of it – as well as participating in fun and healthy activities they will be able to develop much-needed skills that will benefit them going forward.
“At the same time, we are getting the chance to have a constructive influence on the girls at a very important time in their lives. This is the first time we have undertaken the project with this age group and we feel that working with younger pupils is only going to have a positive effect on how they view themselves and their lifestyles.”
Sophie Atkinson, Sanctuary’s head of community investment and sustainability, commented: “This project will really set these young people up for life. It’s marvellous that we can work with the Worcester Warriors on such a worthwhile initiative for youngsters in our region.”
Worcester Warriors Community Foundation chairperson Carol Hart added: “At Worcester Warriors, we have helped over 50,000 young people get fit and healthy and build up their self-esteem through our award-winning community programmes.
“We have already seen previous success through our ‘Girls Only’ initiative so we are delighted to be teaming up with Sanctuary Housing and Christopher Whitehead School on this exciting project.”
The programme forms part of the national Sanctuary in Sport project involving the delivery of a range of activities to youngsters across the country, designed to encourage health and wellbeing and help keep communities active.