Us Girls

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. This is the third year the project has taken place at Albany and it has developed and grown more popular each year.

The students enjoyed a 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 tasters in Boxing, Yoga, Clubbersize and Taekwondo.

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 students braved the cold weather to enjoy Kayaking and team building exercises.

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, “

Councillor Bev Murray, who oversees community development for Chorley Council, said: “Promoting a healthy lifestyle for all our residents is one of our key objectives and this is an excellent example of the council working with local schools using sports and activities to help encourage these young girls to enjoy a healthy lifestyle and improve their self-esteem and confidence at what can be a sensitive age.”

Pastoral officer for Year 8 and 9, Sarah Anderson, said, “Us Girls this year has been very successful. The Anderton Centre showcased the developed resilience and self-confidence of the girls who had taken part and they worked amazingly well as a team. Hopefully they will be able to use some of these abilities to help them through their GCSE courses and beyond.”