Prince Henry’s Girls Do Something Different! The Prince Henry’s High School ‘Do Something Different Club’ project was a six week programme which took place from January to March 2013. The project was aimed at a selection of Year 10 girls, focusing on them becoming more aware of ways to keep fit and have fun in their local area, whilst building their confidence, self-esteem and encouraging their willingness to try new things. The project kicked off with a couple of sessions in Street Cheer (a combination of street dance moves and cheerleading lifts), building team awareness and skills in working together and trusting each other. The girls then had experiences in swimming, trampolining and ice-skating. Probably the most successful evening was the trip to Tamworth Snowdome. This was a big hit with all the girls and all said they would like to go again. It was great to see all the girls really having fun, laughing together and experiencing something that for some, was greatly different to their normal experiences of sport and fitness and very much outside their comfort zone. The project concluded with a fantastic motivational visit from the amazing Ladies England Rugby 7’s star, Heather Fisher. She talked about the project increasing the girls’ trust, confidence, problem solving skills and ability to try new things in the future. She discussed with the girls the importance of courage, determination and self-belief in all aspects of their lives as well as the significance of having goals to ensure successful achievement in life. Heather is a truly inspirational person returning to elite sport from fracturing her back in four places; a truly remarkable young woman. The project has been a great success, not only in encouraging the girls to get involved in more activities and signposting them to venues they can be a part of, but also for the personal change seen in the girls on the whole. Girls from varied friendship groups came together, enjoyed activities and pushed themselves in trying things they may never have tried if it were not for this project. A big thank you to Wychavon District Council who provided funding for this project through the ‘Sportivate’ funding grant and also to Sky Sports Living for Sport for supplying a T-shirt for each girl and the visit from Miss Heather Fisher. The same scheme also enabled another athlete visit to Prince Henry’s in June. On this occasion, Judo Champion Tom Davis spent a morning speaking to, and coaching a mixed group of students.
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Miss T Kay, Physical Activity Enrichment Manager
The Henrician (2013)