International Women’s Day
Enrich Education teamed up with Everton in the Community on a International Women’s Day event that took place on Friday 6th March
Building on the pioneering partnership work undertaken with Everton in the Community that has enabling their coaches to deliver quidditch in primary and secondary schools across Merseyside, engaging and encouraging a wide variety of young people in physical activity.
In it’s third year this annual event took place at Liverpool John Moores University’s IM Marsh Campus, the event was designed to encourage female participants to come and try new sports in a safe and supportive environment.
Over 100 female participants were invited to attend from across the EitC programmes with a diverse mix of special education and mainstream schools along with participants from the charity’s mental health and youth engagement programmes.
Participants had the opportunity to try new and different sports with a carousel of activities available. Enrich Education provided an engaging and fast paced quidditch session, introducing the participants to the sport so they gained a greater understanding of the positions, equipment and rules.
Director at Enrich Education Joe Gibbons who delivered the session had this to say about the event: “Events like this are vital when raising awareness of the problems and barriers women face when accessing sport and physical activity. It’s important that we work hard to develop partnerships that have shared goals of addressing these issues.
From our perspective quidditch is a great way to engage women of all ages in fun, enjoyable and unique physical exercise and its benefits.
The sport of quidditch really is at the forefront of gender inclusion, with official rules stipulating that there must be an even gender split on each team when playing the sport. This is vital when ensuring the game is mixed and inclusive to all. This is even more prevalent in the adult game as this is the only full contact mixed gender sport in the world.”
For more information on how quidditch can help promote and engage more girls and women in sport from your school or organisation get in touch.