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GIRLGUIDING CYMRU JOIN FORCES WITH THE WELSH RUGBY UNION

Girlguiding Cymru are breaking down the gender stereotype barriers and partnering with the Welsh Rugby Union to offer new opportunities to girls and young women across Wales.

22 Girlguiding Cymru volunteers from across Wales attended a Tag Rugby Leader training at the WRU National Centre of Excellence and learnt how to deliver a fun, and safe coaching session - whilst developing all the fundamental skills needed for rugby. Ready to start introducing rugby games within their Girlguiding units across Wales,

Wales Women international and rugby sevens Olympian Jasmine Joyce, a former Girlguiding member, is an ambassador for the scheme. She said, “I think this is a brilliant addition for Girlguiding. You make some of your best friends in rugby, and it’s great that we’re working with the clusters to provide new opportunities for guides to get involved in our game.”

As the UK's leading charity for girls and young women, Girlguiding conduct an annual Girls' Attitudes Survey, collecting the views of girls and young women aged 7 to 21 across the UK on a wide range of issues.

The latest survey revealed that girls and young women are encountering gender stereotypes in all areas of their lives – from their peers to the media, causing them to change their behaviour because of the pressure they feel to be or act a certain way. 55% of girls aged 7-21 say gender stereotypes affect their ability to say what they think. When asked what sports girls aged 11 to 21 want to do at school, 22% want to play rugby and 39% said this is only offered to boys.

Through the newly found partnership the WRU are looking forward to introducing rugby to girls who do not have the chance to participate through school and show them that girls can play rugby regardless of their gender.

Gabriella Doyle, Sports Development Officer for Girlguiding Cymru said, “After receiving a Calls4Action grant from Sport Wales, we have been able to provide new opportunities for thousands of our members and a 'Give it a go' attitude with regards to getting more young women and children engaged in sport and physical literacy".

"Rugby is such a momentous occasion in Wales, the women's team have done so well so it's great that our members can be part of this too. We know that our members are very excited about this partnership with Welsh Rugby Union and it could help change the perceptions for many young girls across Wales."

Posted: 22 February 2018

A CHAMPION EVENING.

15 members of Magor Guides and Rangers aged between 10 and 15 years old had an exhilarating evening of fun trying out track cycling at the Wales National Velodrome.  

The Velodrome in Newport is one of only five internationally recognised indoor velodromes in Britain and it is Wales’ official National Velodrome.   The Velodrome hosted TeamGB and ParalympicsGB training camps ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic games in Rio.  A Track bike has only a single gear ratio and has neither a freewheel option or brakes!   

The girls were very excited to have the opportunity to try it out for themselves.  They had sole use of the whole track for two and half hours and, with the help of a highly skilled and experienced Coach from British Cycling, the girls were fitted with bikes of the right height, briefed on how to start (and stop – not easy with feet strapped in, no ability to freewheel and no brakes!) and gradually built their confidence, culminating in some pretty impressive banking around the steep track.  

Finally, the evening closed with a fun time trial, which saw the Guides determined to show the Rangers how to do Track cycling.  

The four fastest (three Guides and one Ranger) were invited to come along to the Velodrome on a Monday evening to take their talent further.   

There were some memorable performances, particularly from those who didn’t think they would be able to do it.  The evening passed in a blur of fun and dare-devil overtaking – it was declared the best ever Guide/Ranger meeting!

Posted: 29 November 2016

ELLI AND NAOMI ACHIEVE THEIR DREAM.

Elli (diagnosed aged 8) and Naomi (diagnosed aged 16) received two Girlguiding Awards on the 20th October in the National Assembly for Wales Pierhead Building from Julie Morgan, AM (National Assembly for Wales).

Both keen members of the Girlguiding, Naomi has been involved since she was a baby due to her mothers involvement, joining Rainbows when she could and continuing through the movement.

Elli joined as a Guide as founder member aged 10 in her local unit in Saffron Walden, Essex, and was instrumental in helping to set up the Saffron Walden District Senior Section. At this award ceremony, Naomi received her Chief Guides Award, the second highest award in Guiding, involving several years of hard work. The award is achieved by completing Phases 1 and 2 of the Look Wider programme, which is separated into eight sections and involves trying three new activities out for Phase 1, and then developing it further in Phase 2 by dedicating an hour a week over three months.

Elli received her Queens Guide,  the highest award available in Guiding. The Queens Guide is completed over three years, with six sections including volunteering in Guiding, community action- involving a research project- an expedition and exploration, and involvement in national Guiding.Naomi is  working towards her Queens Guide, which she is hoping to complete next year. Elli and Naomi have also  completed their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards which have contributed to their Guiding journeys.Both Elli and Naomi are leaders in units in Cardiff: Elli is a Senior Section and Brownie Leader, and Naomi is a Guide Leader.

They are also both in the Girlguiding Cymru Lone Senior Section, which meets online and receives a newsletter with activities each month. As type 1 diabetics, Elli and Naomi have incorporated fundraising for JDRF and raising awareness of Type 1 into the work for their Awards, for example Elli  used a cake sale in aid of JDRF for one of her clauses in the Chief Guides Award she received last year, and has involved around one hundred family, friends and colleagues in her ‘Diabetic for a Day’ challenge on World Diabetes Day over the last two years. Both Elli and Naomi are grateful for the funding JDRF invest in researching a cure  as well as the ongoing Artificial Pancreas trials with  Roman Havorka and his team in Cambridge.

While having Type 1 does add a layer of complication to life, Elli and Naomi would like to inspire girls and young women to achieve their dreams!

Posted: 28 October 2016
Previous News Items:

Being our Best - Bod ein Gorau(Posted 5 October 2016)
Brownies Library Lock In(Posted 13 September 2016)
Pushing Boundaries Exhibition Opens (Posted 21 May 2016)
Magical Christmas Gift(Posted 20 December 2016)
New Group in Maesgeirchen Opens to Girls in Community (Posted 3 March 2016)
Members from Across Wales Chill Out in Winter Festival (Posted 23 January 2016)
Cwmafan Girls Make a Difference (Posted 21 December 2015)
Brownie Detectives Take Over Broneirion (Posted 15 December 2015)
Bring it Home!(Posted November 2015)
CWYVS Quality Hits the Mark(Posted June 2015)
Growing Guiding Gathering Gives Girls a Voice(Posted 23 March 2015)
Volunteer receives highest award in Guiding(Posted 9 March 2015)
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