10 MAR 2015

'Inspiring Women in Sport' Helen Grant MP chats to local students

After speaking at the launch of the 'Inspiring Women in Sport' campaign, Helen Grant the MP for Maidstone & the Weald, volunteered to voice her support locally and share her experiences of being a woman in Sport.

Mrs Grant attended Maidstone Grammar School for Girls to speak to students at a recent careers event. Her aim was to encourage more young women to get involved in Sport, whether that be as a career or as a hobby.

Helen talked about her position as Minister for Sport & Tourism and her personal passion for sport. She was delighted to meet a number of sixth-form students who were already showing great success in sports such as trampolining and netball. Mrs Grant was particularly interested to hear from student Charley Parker who has gained her black belt in Karate.

Talking about the 'Inspiring Women' Campaign, Mrs Grant said:

"This is a perfect opportunity to nurture and encourage the sporting talents of our young women. Female role models such as Clare Balding, Christine Ohuruogu, Kelly Smith and Stacey Copeland have made huge progress in the world of sport and are ideally positioned to inform and inspire the next generation of girls and women to follow in their footsteps. Sport should not discriminate, it should be inclusive – so show your support and back this campaign by getting involved in these inspiring events."

"It was a great privilege to chat to these young women about their hopes and dreams for the future and remind them that women are an important part of the sporting community."

Nick Chambers, Director of charity the Education and Employers Taskforce, which runs the Inspiring Women campaign, said:

"It's wonderful to see the success of the Inspiring Women in Sport week of action and so many talented women spend an hour talking with girls in state schools to broaden their horizons and show them that there are diverse and attainable careers in the sports sector. During the week girls have talked with women doing numerous jobs including; event management, coaching, marketing, sports science, journalism and governance."

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