An event was held on Friday to highlight the work going on in Stirling area to increase female participation in sport and physical activity.
Eighteen Active Stirling female employees marked #ActiveGirls Day by running and walking the 2.5 kilometres from The PEAK at Stirling Sports Village to Vue cinema and back.
It was part of Scottish Women and Girls in Sport Week organised by sportscotland, Active Stirling, ClubSport Stirling and Stirling Council.
Active Stirling’s Active Schools Co-ordinator Claire Peebles said: “Normally we spend so much time getting our schools and communities active, so it was great to see so many of our staff members getting involved and we hope by doing this we can encourage more females to get active.”
There are many opportunities for girls and women to take part in sport and physical activity across Stirling including hockey, golf, tennis and cricket.
One success story is Killin and District Sport and Leisure Club’s netball section.
Last year they only had a few ladies but, helped by Active Stirling, they have managed to increase membership.
Senior ladies training is purely recreational once a week but they want to become more competitive in the coming season.
Furthermore the club has worked in partnership with Killin Primary School to create a junior section and now has an afterschool club.
The junior section trains twice a week in the school hall and has 10 girls participating regularly, with the aim to compete in the McLaren Netball festival in October and the Stirling Netball Festival in March.
At Stirling Netball Club, Maz Herron is a great example and role model for women in sport.
She played from primary school but university, children and work made her stop.
However, when she joined the Stirling club, her passion for netball came straight back.
She has now moved on to the competitive league team but still loves to play recreational netball with the bounce back sessions.
Among the other sports are tennis with a network of local clubs including Strathblane, Killearn, Kippen, Dunblane, Stirling Tennis and Squash Club, Bridge of Allan Sports Club and Livilands; Stirling County Cricket Club, where the ladies team welcomes everyone whatever their experience; Stirling Wanderers Hockey Club; Cornton cheerleading club DC Diamonds and Jonesy’s Boxing Club in Plean which runs weekly ladies classes aimed at general fitness.
Elsewhere, Stirling Golf Club’s Women Get into Golf scheme kicks off in the New Year but the club is always looking for new girls and women to get involved.
Check out their Facebook page and website for details at the start of 2018.
Shooting star Netball inspiration Maz Herron Active support DC Diamonds cheerleaders Setting an example Active Stirling staff ran and walked 2.5 kilometres Showing the way Members of Stirling Wanderers Hockey Club