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9 March 2016

As part of International Women's Day the Community Trust visited Northbourne Park School to help inspire a generation.

Thank you to Northbourne Park School in Deal who invited the Community Trust along to give an Inspirational talk to their pupils on International Women’s Day.

Community Trust Female Football Development Officer, Georgia Bowie and Sports and Participation Officer, Jack Knighton attended the school as part of their International Women’s Day to help celebrate women’s successes - past, present and future and to educate and enlighten the pupils and staff about sportswomen we should know about. 

In the morning Georgia spoke to the students about how girls cannot take equality for granted, and how this manifests itself in various barriers that need overcoming to fulfil aspirations in sport and more importantly in life.  

Also joining Georgia and Jack was Megan Maslak who is a student at our Girls Academy and also plays for Gillingham Ladies. Megan interacted with the pupil’s during the assembly to find out what barriers they think women face when trying to get into sport. 
Once the presentation was over the children made a quick change and headed out on to the school field to take part in some fun football sessions with Georgia, Jack and Megan. During the sessions the children had the opportunity to ask Megan questions about her playing career and time at the Academy.

The team received great feedback from the school “Such an inspiring assembly, especially hearing about some of the statistics in female sport in comparison to males in sport. Also being made aware of how female sports participation has increased dramatically over recent years and how many great role models are out there for our pupil’s to learn from.” 

Georgia added “It was great to have such engagement from both the male and female pupils regarding the barriers females may face and to also see them so actively involved in the football sessions. It was also brilliant to hear the boys naming England female footballers, whilst having a fantastic role model like Megan there to talk about her experiences in the game and how involved she is in the development of female football." 

To find out more about female specific sessions at the club please contact Georgia Bowie, or 01634 350125.

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