Double boost for women's athleticsSubscribe
UK Athletics 08 July 2001
KELLY HOLMES MBE, Olympic 800m Bronze medallist and Aqua-Pura Women in Athletics patron, joined other leading women in athletics - including top sprinters Marcia Richardson and Abi Oyepitan - at the Thames Valley Athletics Centre for two key announcements to enhance women's and girl's athletics earlier this week.
Fifteen Aqua-Pura Women and Girls Athletics Centres, including Thames Valley, plus an additional specialist Women's Steeplechase Centre have been selected for the existing Aqua-Pura Women in Athletics Initiative.
These will deliver a variety of activities, programmes and courses coordinated by UK Athletics, linking closely with schools, colleges and athletics clubs. In addition many of the Centres will concentrate on specific areas of work - including disability athletics for women, retention, new events, ethnic minorities, sports science, wellness, research and coach education - and become beacons of good practice in their respective area.
THE SECOND announcement is the award by Sportsmatch of further funding to enhance the Initiative via an Aqua-Pura Outreach Programme for Women's Athletics. An additional £10,000 from Women in Athletics sponsor Aqua-Pura has been matched to create £20,000 to help support a variety of activities in outreach locations including a second Aqua-Pura Women and Girls Athletics Centre in London and an Outreach Women's Coaching Programme. The latter will involve extra coach education for women to encourage more females into coaching and the creation of an Aqua-Pura Women's Centre for Education and Training that will develop a Level 1 & 2 Coaching Women and Girls Module for male and female coaches.
"Following the variety of applications received to become Aqua-Pura Women and Girls Centres, we recognised there was a need to enhance the work geographically to support women and girl's athletics in outreach locations and to help develop coach education" said Jason Williams, Marketing Manager of Well Well Well. "We are delighted that Sportsmatch are also backing this programme to help even more women and girls in athletics".
A new section on the UK Athletics web site - www.ukathletics.org - will be developed later this month promoting the work of the Aqua-Pura Women in Athletics Initiative and providing details of the Aqua-Pura Women and Girls Centres. The initiative is also linking up with other organisation's websites and establishing partnerships for various activities supporting women in sport, including the Women’s Sports Foundation.