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Team Up - campaign to get more girls playing team sport

By Kate Hannon

Get involved with Team Up - tell you teachers and school!

What is TeamUp?
Marking a unique moment in time for women’s sport, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), England Hockey and England Netball have united to launch TeamUp, a three-year campaign to maximise the legacy of three home World Cups by building a fan base for women’s team sports and ensuring all 7 to 13-year-old girls have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of team sport in school.

What’s are overall goals of the TeamUp initiative?
To effectively use the platform presented by three consecutive women’s World Cups to:
1. Ensure every school in the country consistently offers one of these three women’s team sports
2. Provide teachers with training and tools to deliver high quality team sports for schoolgirls
3. Strengthen the perception of women’s team sport
4. Promote the benefits of participation in team sports for women
5. Increase the number of people watching women’s sport

Annual targets for TeamUp?
• At least 150,000 girls aged 7-13 playing more team sport in school each year
• 5,000 schools signed up and delivering an increased offer of team sports to girls in their schools
• 60% of all those signing up offering girls in their school cricket, hockey AND netball
• 6,000 teachers interacting with the scheme, with 50% accessing training

What’s the rationale for TeamUp?
• The gender gap in participation begins in the later years of primary school and continues to widen in secondary school
• Marked gender differences are noted in school sport with 11-15-year-old girls less likely to play for a school team, be a member of a sports club, play sport against others in PE lessons or take part in a competition than boys of the same age. (Changing the Game for Girls, WSFF 2012)
How does it work?
• TeamUp actively engages with teachers via an awards scheme
• Once signed up for to the TeamUp portal - www.teamupengland.com – teachers can access free training along with an extensive range support resources and equipment
• The more girls’ team sport activity a school delivers the more rewards points they’ll receive which can be used for incentives such as, tickets to events and athlete appearances, along with ‘gold ticket’ experience opportunities such as being ball girls for a World Cup Final.

What are some of the benefits of team sport?
• Increased self-confidence
• Communication skills
• Leadership
• Teamwork
• Social skills

How do schools or teachers register?
To sign up to the TeamUp initiative visit: www.teamupengland.com and enter your school’s details

Where else is TeamUp?
• Twitter - @TeamUpEngland Instagram - @teamupengland Facebook - teamupengland
• Hashtags - #teamup #teamupengland #teamupsport #WhyITeamUp

Updated 17:22 - 15 May 2017 by Kate Hannon

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