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Technology giant, CGI’s funding will help girls be more active

The Girls Network, a group set up by Bridgend County Borough Council’s Active Young People Department (AYPD), is celebrating after securing support and funding from IT services firm CGI to continue to help boost sport and physical activity participation among young girls.

The Girls Network is made up of pupils from comprehensive schools throughout the county borough, and since being created in 2012 has worked with various partners to tackle issues such as self-esteem and confidence in young girls, while encouraging an active and healthy lifestyle.

The council’s AYPD has also co-ordinated various training programmes for the young girls involved to improve their skills and self-development, giving them useful experience and knowledge for when they leave education and seek employment.

Four girls who have received this training were selected to present the pitch at CGI’s UK headquarters in London for funding support. Rebecca Green, from Porthcawl Comprehensive, joined Maesteg pupils Gerianne Svenson, Angharad Stokes and Megan Curling to give a presentation explaining the project, its results so far and the future plans.

Chair of Commonwealth Games Wales, Helen Phillips, showed support for the Girls Network by facilitating the introduction and said of the visit: “CGI are a proud sponsor of Commonwealth Games Team Wales and their support is invaluable to us. We recognise that CGI and their members have a strong community association and I felt an introduction was valuable to both parties.

“I was delighted to enable an opportunity for the girls to pitch for funding. They blew the panel away with their passion and enthusiasm for the project, as well as their professionalism when delivering their presentation. I was very proud of them”

CGI’s Vice President for UK Marketing and Communications, Janine Bailey, who was part of the panel on the day, added. “CGI recognised that this is a great community project led by pupils, delivered by pupils and benefited by pupils and we are delighted to become a sponsor to help the girls spread the word.

“The project resonates with our own commitment to improve the health and wellbeing of our employees, and improve gender equality at all levels.  We also see this initiative as potentially having an impact on friends and family of our own employees in the Bridgend area.”

Bridgend County Borough Council’s Deputy Leader, Councillor Huw David, said: “The Girls Network was put in place four years ago to promote physical activity to young girls in Bridgend County Borough, and we are thrilled that participation numbers have increased as a result.

“Through research and working with partners, we have been able to develop the programme further to offer the girls training and experience to gain vital skills, leadership qualities and confidence.

“The girls have done us proud by volunteering their time and giving their valuable input to make the programme a success. A huge well done to all involved.”

CGI is the official Systems Integration, BPS and IT Outsourcing partner of Team Wales for the 2018 Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast, Australia. This sponsorship is an extension of the support and commitment that CGI provides towards encouraging sporting talent at all levels.

To find out more about the Girls Network, contact the council’s AYPD on 01656 815223 or email aypd@bridgend.gov.uk

 

Last Updated: 07/06/2016
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