A group of Brownies, Guides and Senior Section members from across East Lancashire, including Brownies from 10th Accrington URC Brownies, joined hundreds of girls and young women from across the North West at the ultimate sporting event; Energise.

They joined over 2,500 members aged 5 to 25, and enjoyed a weekend of adventure and adrenalin as they took over Stanley Park in Blackpool.

Across the weekend of 12-13 May, the Girlguiding members rose to the challenge to try out exciting new sporting activities, such as BMX-cycling, American football and climbing. The girls were excited to meet with newly appointed Chief Guide, Amanda Medler, the charity’s top volunteer, who joined in with the different activities.

The event, organised by Girlguiding North West England with support from Blackpool Council, aimed to encourage girls to get involved with sport and comes after research from Girlguiding’s Girls’ Attitudes Survey highlighted a number of barriers to girls’ participation in sport across the UK:

  • One in two girls age 7-21 say gender stereotypes affect what sport and exercise they do
  • Two in five girls age 11-21 say fears of being judged on their appearance held them back from taking part in sport and exercise
  • One in four girls age 7-21 feel PE is more for boys than for girls

Amelia from 10th Accrington URC Brownies, 8, said: “It was really good and I give it 10/10! I can’t wait for my next adventure in Brownies!”

Julie Bell, Region Chief Commissioner, said: “The research shows a need to engage girls in sport and Girlguiding is all about giving girls the chance to try new things, have fun and experience exciting opportunities in a supportive environment with their friends. At Energise, girls discovered different sports, perhaps trying some for the very first time, while learning new skills and growing in confidence.”

Councillor Maria Kirkland, Blackpool Council Cabinet Member for Leisure Services, said: “We were delighted to welcome so many girls and young women to Blackpool for a truly memorable experience for them. The goal of encouraging girls to get more involved with sports should be supported at all levels and we are pleased that our town was been chosen to stage this wonderful event.”

With over half a million members and volunteers, Girlguiding gives girls and young women the chance to experience adventure in a secure and supportive environment, allowing girls to become whoever they want to be. Huge events like Energise offer them a chance to make new friends and create memories as part of their Girlguiding journey. For more information about how to get involved with Girlguiding, the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, visit www.girlguiding.org.uk.