Student community action
Girls United team wins student community action award, supported by Mayor of London, for #Findyourgame
‘Do you believe that young women in our local communities deserve to feel confident, supported and empowered? I hope so. But unfortunately, that’s not how most young women feel.’
That was the question posed by the Girls United team as they opened their pitch at the King’s Civic Challenge final.
The group, who won the Mayor of London’s award for student community action, explained that they offer the girls and young women who play football with Girls United the opportunity to improve their confidence, communication, leadership and determination through sport.
Their project, #Findyourgame, responds to the low number of girls aged 13-16 who meet recommended activity levels daily. They highlighted that young women from low socioeconomic backgrounds are, on average, less active than their peers and that this is a particular challenge in Lambeth where a third of the population live within areas of significant deprivation.
Presenting the award to the Girls United team, Truly Johnston, Senior Manager, Team London (Volunteering), Greater London Authority, explained that the team’s pitch showed a strong vision and a clear plan for a practical idea that addressed a real need.
Abigail Ingram and Camilla Johnsen from Girls United with Laura Walmsley (MA Arts & Cultural Management), Faculty of Arts & Humanities and Halh Al-Serori (Research Associate) and Alex Hickman (Clinical Trial Feasibility Associate), Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine.