On 8 March, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park hosted over 450 schoolgirls, making sport a key part of International Women’s Day celebrations.

The iconic Copper Box Arena was filled with school girls exclusively from Go! Network schools, who had the chance to try their hands at a range of new sports with the hope they’d be inspired to make physical activity and sport a habit for life. Sports including boccia, basketball, golf and sitting volleyball were on offer, celebrating the variety of ways girls and young women can enjoy physical activity and sport.

Pupils from over 25 Go! Network schools, bringing over 450 girls and young people aged between 5-16 across the day, alongside a host of elite female athletes to help share their stories and inspire the next generation of sporting champions, including:

  • Abi Chamberlain – Former England Rugby 7’s Captain
  • Bryony Smith – Surrey Cricketer
  • Henni Zuël – Professional Golfer
  • Laura Sugar – Paralympic Sprinter
  • Perri Shakes-Drayton – Team GB hurdler
  • Rachel Laybourne – Team GB Volleyball Player

The event was also covered by Sky Sports.

From start to finish, all children were able to get involved and play with one of the elite athletes, creating a real buzz around each activity. Surrey Cricketer Bryony Smith said:

“If I had an event like this when I was younger I would have absolutely loved it, all the kids had the opportunity to get involved in something different. One thing I loved to see is people enjoying sport, and that’s what happened today.”

Participating schools also thoroughly enjoyed the event, with one teacher stating:

“Our kids loved it [the event] and we have so many priceless photos of children enjoying sports which is so important to keep girls engaged in sport.”