A new fund has been launched to get more young women physically active, and Southland organisations are being called on to put their hand in for their share.
The Innovations for Young Women Fund was launched by Sport New Zealand at the start of April, as part of a two-pronged investment to get more young women physically active and develop leadership opportunities through play, active recreation and sport.
Sport Southland general manager Luciana Garcia said for Southland organisations, the fund was a valuable way to get innovative projects off the ground.
“This fund is for organisations of all shapes and sizes, so anyone that has an innovative and new way to get young women physically active should speak up.
“While young women are typically on par with young men when it comes to participation rates in Southland, what drives young women to take part is often different. It is important opportunities are crafted to tap into those motivators, and keep our young women active as they grow older,” she said.
It was well known that being physically active had significant physical and mental health benefits, but it was also an important way to help build confidence, social and leadership skills, and resilience – all vitally important factors in adolescent and teen development.
Applications for the fund open on April 18. Organisations interested in applying for the fund have until May 27 to get their applications in.
An information night will be held in Legends Lounge 1 at ILT Stadium Southland on Thursday May 2, from 5.30pm-6.30pm for anyone interested in applying, or finding out more.
For more information visit sportnz.org.nz/womenandgirls