Highgate School is hosting a Sport in Her Shoes Conference on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 June, in collaboration with The Well HQ, focused on female health and girls’ engagement in Sport, Physical Activity and Co-Curricular pathways.
The Conference is designed for teachers, pupils and parents/carers – from both girls’ and co-educational schools – and will cover health, wellbeing and performance issues, together with their implications for school life, physical activity, participation and sport. It is hosted by The Well HQ, who are leading change in female health across the country within Education and Sport, and Stephanie Pride, Highgate’s Director of Sport and Exercise. The team at The Well HQ combines medical, scientific, and high-performance specialisms to illuminate and address women’s unique personal, cultural and health lifestages.
Baz Moffat from The Well HQ and former GB international rower and coach, said: “In 2019 The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists published a report saying that women were woefully uneducated about their bodies at every life stage – Sport in Her Shoes is our solution to fixing the problem that girls and women just don’t know much about their bodies beyond the biological basics and this is holding them back from doing and exceling in sport.
“We are on a mission to increase the number of girls doing sport and we do this by educating them, their teachers and parents about puberty, an inevitable life stage that can often be really confusing and embarrassing. By giving them evidence-based education and normalising conversations about the challenges they could be facing, we are providing solutions which they can use straight away.”
Stephanie Pride continues: “The success of any school sport programme should be the long-term engagement through and beyond childhood and developing physically competent and confident girls is key to this. This conference will enable participants to develop pedagogical excellence in this area of education and sport using science and research to fully understand and design our programme, working alongside our girls and supporting them to thrive. The Well HQ are changing the way we think, act, and support women and girls; a powerful force of good which we are so excited to be working with!”
Spread over two days, the Sport in Her Shoes conference is designed to promote understanding of the impact of inevitable life changes, to empower girls with better body literacy, and to help teachers, coaches and parents, establish environments and cultures in which girls can thrive in health, sport and school. On Thursday 9 June, there will be an evening event for staff and parents, followed by a full day conference on Friday 10 June for pupils and staff.
More information and booking details can be found here.