Girl power

Stirling Observer - - UPDATE - Don­ald Mor­ton

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

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