17 inspirational and influential teachers from across the country have been announced as official TeamUp Ambassadors, recognising their outstanding dedication to delivering sport to girls in schools.
TeamUp, a three-year initiative developed by the England & Wales Cricket Board, England Hockey and England Netball, is designed to maximise the legacy of three consecutive home women’s World Cups from 2017-2019, and give thousands of 7-13-year-old girls across the country the chance to play team sports.
Each ambassador will become the face of TeamUp, using social media to spread the news about the initiative and introducing TeamUp to colleagues, peers and parents, to ensure school girls experience the benefits of team sport. They will also encourage pupils in their school to become ‘TeamUp Champions’ to help engage their peers in team sport.
The 17 ambassadors will be rewarded with a range of great prizes based on the number of schools they encourage to take part in the TeamUp initiative, including sports kit, match tickets, signed women’s cricket World Cup shirt and a chance to win a pair of tickets to the sold-out Hockey World Cup Final 2018.
With the help of the new ambassadors, the TeamUp initiative hopes to have a long-term effect on the delivery of school sport. The gender gap in participation between girls and boys begins in the later years of primary school and continues to widen in secondary school. Marked gender differences are noted in school sport with 11-15-year-old girls less likely to play for a school team, be a member of a sports club, play sport against others in PE lessons or take part in a competition than boys of the same age*. One solution to this is support teachers to provide quality opportunities to young girls in school. TeamUp wants to reward those already doing great things to make a difference and provide support to all schools.
The TeamUp Ambassadors were officially announced on Monday 27th November. The 17 Ambassadors are:
• Alice Nicholson - Sarah Bonnell School, London
• Andrew Stevens - Earl Spencer Primary School, Northants
• Anna Sullivan - Cardwell Primary School, London
• Becky Franks - Queensbridge School, Birmingham
• Bisi Imafidon - Gallions Primary School, London
• Carly Tully Curwen - Primary School, Newham
• Charlotte Collard - Stonyhurst College, Lancashire
• Claire Munday - St Michael's Church of England Combined School, Buckinghamshire
• David Byrne - Bede's Senior School, East Sussex
• Jayne Allen - Highfields School, Derbyshire
• Justine McAvoy - Strood Academy, Kent
• Karen Butler - Mudeford Junior School, Dorset
• Marc Whaley - Eggbuckland Community College, Plymouth
• Matthew Ellerby - St George Catholic College, Southampton
• Rebecca Camp - Bradford Grammar School, West Yorkshire
• Rob Ward Wick - Marcross C.I.W Primary, Vale of Glamorgan
• Sarah Robertson - St Pirans School, Berkshire
• Victoria Walters - Greenshaw High School, London
To find out more information or to sign your school up to TeamUp, please visit: www.teamupengland.com or follow us on Twitter @teamupengland.
* Changing the Game for Girls, WSFF 2012