'Us Girls' Success

Albany Academy, in partnership with Chorley Council, hosted a project designed to increase the confidence and communications skills of female students.

A selection of Year 9 girls attended a series of workshops and activities which was delivered as part of Chorley Council’s, Street Games initiative, called ‘Us Girls’ which is designed to encourage more girls to pursue a healthy lifestyle and find enjoyment in taking part in physical activity.

The students enjoyed classroom based lessons which were specifically designed to improve the confidence of the girls. The project also raised awareness of a range topics that can affect young women, particular focusing on issues such as self-confidence, body image, health and fitness and their communication skills with their peers. The students also sampled two new activities as they enjoyed a boxing taster session as well a learning new dance moves during a street dance class.

The project produced some excellent responses from the Albany girls who to complete the project attended an outdoors adventure day at the Anderton Centre. Here the girls were able to challenge themselves to tackle their fears in a team and as individuals.

The project workers from Chorley Council were able to sign post the girls into a range of community activities and clubs and feedback from the girls was overwhelmingly positive. Students commented on an ‘increased confidence’ they felt from attending the project with one student saying, “It has made me feel more confident and made me mingle with new friends.” Another student who attended the project said, “I now feel confident to take on challenges in front of other people and not be afraid.”

Pastoral officer for Year 8 and 9, Sarah Anderson, said, “It was great to watch the girls grow in self-confidence over the sessions and to see them work so well together during the activities at the Anderton Centre. A very worthwhile course for all those who took part.”