International Women’s Day

08th Mar 2020

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.



"Children's University has helped some of our children walk tall and believe in themselves. They have discovered their strengths, made new friends and aimed high."

Mrs Julia Ashton • Head Teacher St Mary's Blackbrook Catholic Primary School (St Helens)

"Last year, during sports week, we had a Quidditch workshop. It was brilliant. It was something completely different that really motivated and inspired the children to get active. The workshop ran brilliantly involving all the differing needs of the class. I have already booked for next year….it was so good! "

Mrs Justine Kellett • Head Teacher Queen’s Park C.E/U.R.C Primary School (St Helens)

"The Outdoor Learning twilight was a great success, expertly delivered by Joe. All staff joined in and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Joe was able to show how each activity could be adapted for all children from EYFS to Y6. A fabulous resource! Thank you."

Mrs Jan Cunningham • Head Teacher St Andrew the Apostle Catholic Primary School (Knowsley)

"I had been looking to develop our outdoor environment as a way to engage the children in skills that are generally lacking in many children these days. I arranged a training session with Enrich Education as well as the installation of our orienteering course. The children have all used the course and it has been great to see children who may not appear confident in a formal classroom environment really flourish in the outdoor world. Our recent Ofsted visit by an HMI was particularly complimentary about the schools attitude towards meeting the needs of all learners. Great guys, well organised and there to help all the way. We even had a slight change to our course which was attended to immediately."

Mr Danny MacAreavy • Head Teacher St John Bosco Catholic Primary School (Sefton)

"Quidditch has brought a new element of sport to our school, we are always looking for innovative and creative ways to engage the children in sport especially when utilising our sports premium funding and this experience has done that, it has been fantastic and delivered in such a quality way by Enrich Education. "

John Casson • Head Teacher Hope Primary School (Knowsley)

"The Outdoor Learning was a fantastic, fun experience both for children and staff. It covers more than one area of the curriculum in a engaging and active way, which is always a good thing!! Well worth doing and the staff who deliver it are brilliant!"

Mrs Jeanette Grundy • Head Teacher St Leo's and Southmead Catholic Nursery & Primary School (Knowsley)