Mel Young and Joe FitzPatrick with Craiglockhart Tennis Club members

Serving up a helping hand

Funding provides boost for women and girls' participation in sport

Projects to help women and girls take part in sport or physical activity will benefit from £300,000 of Scottish Government funding.

The Government and sportscotland are calling for applications led by Scottish Governing Bodies of Sport (SGBs) or Local Authorities as part of a programme to encourage more women and girls to participate. The fund was launched during the second instalment of the annual Scottish Women & Girls in Sport Week.

Funding awards ranging between £10,000 and £30,000 will build on the success of the Sporting Equality Fund launched in 2017, which helped projects relating to wheelchair basketball in Glasgow, netball across Scotland and ‘bike-packing’ adventures in the Highlands.

Sports Minister Joe FitzPatrick announced the fund at a women’s tennis session at Craiglockhart Tennis Centre in Edinburgh.

Mel Young and Joe FitzPatrick show their skills on the court


He said: “One of the best things we can do for our health is be physically active. Taking part in sport or physical activity brings so many benefits to physical and mental health, self-confidence and self-esteem, learning skills, socialising and most importantly, having fun.

“The numbers of women and girls in Scotland participating in sports and physical activity has increased significantly in recent years, including traditional sports such as netball, hockey and shinty and activities such as recreational walking and biking adventures. But we want to do more and address the barriers that stop women and girls taking part, and this fund helps support that aim.”

sportscotland chair, Mel Young, said: “Sport makes a positive impact on people and communities and sportscotland wants to help ensure sport is accessible to all.

“Our Fit for Girls programme continues to go from strength to strength and has an important role to play in shaping physical activity engagement for girls in schools.

“As we celebrate Scottish Women & Girls in Sport Week, it is important that we build on our work to increase the understanding around the barriers faced by women and girls in sport. At sportscotland we will continue to work with our partners to help address those issues and extend existing opportunities.” 

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