On Friday 14 September, selected pupils from Years 9-11 attended GSA’s Girl Go Gold event. It is a prestigious day conference run by the Girls’ School Association aimed at encouraging girls to achieve their potential in their chosen sports. Most of the girls are chosen to attend because they are at regional or national level or have played for the country in their sport.
With professional sportsman and women from across Britain attending the event, Girls Go Gold’s main goal was to inject the students with enthusiasm for pursuing a sporting career. Each invitee began their day by attending keynote speeches. Here, pupils would be given their own tailored programme to help focus their bodies on specific areas in their chosen sport.
The workshops were chaired by the leaders of the event, who were all experienced and hard-working athletes. These included Laura Merrifield, gold medallist of the England Lacrosse Championship and co-lacrosse captain for the British team and Tamsin Greenway who plays for the British netball team internationally. James Shone, the founder of the charity ‘I Can and I Am’, spoke to the girls about using sport to support charity.
‘I Can and I Am’ is a charity with an aim to encourage confidence in every person and help them to find out who they are and what they are able to do instead of only thinking about the negatives in their life. The charity produces workshops all over the globe for children, staff, parents and businesses. Many young children leave school with a negative “I can’t” attitude, and James gives inspirational speeches to change their minds.
The keynote speaker at the event was Clare Balding OBE, who has a BAFTA Special Award and RTS Presenter of the Year Award. She astounded all of the audience with her wise words! She encouraged the girls on a sporting career and told them about the opportunities available on this pathway.
At lunchtime, Tudor Hall School hosted stalls from universities, sporting bodies, sporting brands, games and a ‘good-old’ wind down!
This was an amazing experience for all of the young talent athletes invited. The day helped them to learn and develop many new skills that should help them further their careers. The girls even had the opportunity to meet Clare Balding and many other talented Olympians.
Thank you to GSA and to Tudor Hall for a fantastic day.
By Rosie, Jemima and Georgina, Year 9