New Yorkshire and Humber online learning hub aims to improve women and girls engagement in sport and physical activity

Posted: Thu, 02 Jul 2020 13:36

New Yorkshire and Humber online learning hub aims to improve women and girls engagement in sport and physical activity

During the COVID-19 lockdown period almost 600 learners across Yorkshire and Humber have upskilled online with a goal to help improve the engagement of women and girls in sport and physical activity longer term.

Charities North Yorkshire Sport, Active Humber and Yorkshire Sport Foundation came together, with funding from Sport England's Workforce Innovation fund, to create the Yorkshire & Humber Learning Community – an online resource packed with free courses, to upskill those working in the counties sports clubs, community settings and schools.

Engaging Women and Girls in Sport and Physical Activity, the flagship module from the online hub, which launched in April, was designed to help groups and organisations attract more female participants to their sessions and retain them.

Of those 600 undertaking the course many are going on to make positive changes to their provision in the future, including plans to add female-only sessions and offering girls-only after school clubs. Some participants said undertaking in the module had made them consider taking part in some physical activity they themselves previously had not felt 'right for'.

StreetGames, a charity that uses the power of sport to create positive change in the lives of disadvantaged young people across the UK, supported the creation of the module. Kate Roberts, Yorkshire & Humber Workforce Lead said; "It's brilliant to be able to share the knowledge and insight we have gained from nearly 10 years of our national 'Us Girls' programme. We're delighted that so many people have taken up this opportunity to learn new top tips of how to engage women and girls in physical activity and also hear from local projects who bring to life the learning from their female projects too."

Jane Ratcliffe, project lead said; "It's fantastic to know that the module has reached so many people already, including volunteers, coaches and professional staff (which includes youth workers, schoolteachers and PE leads). Knowing that the learners are set to implement changes post lockdown, because of the learning, is amazing to hear!"

The Yorkshire & Humber Learning Community currently hosts eleven modules. It aims to provide bitesize, informal, online training – which is ideal for those looking to fill time during the lockdown period. The online hub has been designed to make learning and development more accessible and flexible, as well as being tutor led with a sense of community.

The modules, each delivered by an expert in their field, aim to inspire learners to make realistic changes to their sessions or organisations. Importantly for the Yorkshire & Humber area, local examples and case studies are used so that those taking part can hear from someone like them. The modules also set out to be interactive and reflective through questions, quizzes and tasks and key resources and links are provided.

The latest module to launch is 'Strengthening your Club through Volunteers', which looks at attracting, retaining, and developing volunteers.

The Engaging Women and Girls in Sport and Physical Activity module can be found here: www.yhlearning.co.uk/courses/women-and-girls

For more information about the site, contact jane@northyorkshiresport.co.uk.

Tags: Online Learning, Women and Girls, YHLearning