On Tuesday 21st April, girls from Newcastle High participated in a pilot project at Loughborough University, aimed at growing great leaders through sport.

Girls Lead the Field, sponsored by Ernst Young, seeks to promote leadership and life skills through sport. The Youth Sport Trust has worked with independent schools and the Girls Schools Association (GSA) to identify how skills learned through sport can provide solutions which are central to the future success of young women.

The programme is targeted at high attaining girls who will benefit from inspirational and focused support. The event, supported by Loughborough University and attended by 14 teachers, was designed as an inspirational and developmental start of a pilot project. Olympic medallist and former diplomat Cath Bishop delivered a keynote speech and was joined by fellow Olympic and Paralympic Youth Sport Trust athlete mentors Jeanette Kwakye, Naomi Riches and Heather Fell, who led group workshops throughout the day.

The seven schools who brought their future leaders to the event were: Bedford Girls, Edgbaston High, Birmingham, Godolphin and Latymer, London, St Mary’s, Cambridge, St Edwards, Oxford, St Helen and St Katharine’s, Abingdon and Newcastle High.

Ali Oliver, Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive said: “Ernst Young Research demonstrates that nearly three quarters of female chief executives say that a background in sport can help accelerate a woman’s career. We have therefore worked with schools and the GSA to develop a programme which develops life and leadership skills through sport.

“We know that girls are leading the field in academic studies, and this innovative day, which used the power of sport, certainly helped to demonstrate how young women can also excel in the work place.”


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