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Demonstrating how 'real life' solutions are making a real difference to the quality of life in rural areas can be very powerful. The case studies below have been compiled to offer you a greater insight into what works in engaging rural communities through sport and recreation. The case studies demonstrate some generic success factors, including; a commitment to sharing resources, a multi-activity approach, a commitment to investing in people as well as places and innovative in approach.

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girls and women into sport – colchester united sports trust

lack of female competitive sports and participation by girls in rural and deprived areas in and around Colchester was identified by Community Sports Trust. Number of initiatives setup to develop coaching opportunities in variety of sports.

Location & Issues

Colchester – Areas of deprivation and rural villages

A need had been identified in this area for targeting girls by the Community Sports Trust
Lack of female competitive sports in many areas.

Main Partners

  • Sports Development Officer
  • Essex Active Sports
  • Colchester Netball 2000
  • Local Hockey Clubs
  • Local Sports Facilities

Project Description

  • To provide grass roots sessions in Netball, Basketball, Hockey and Tennis using qualified coaches
  • Provide opportunities for new and existing coaches through coach education
  • Develop school/club links
  • To co-ordinate and improve coaching and competitive opportunities for girls and women in Netball, Hockey, Basketball and Tennis in Colchester, Tendring and Braintree
  • To increase number and quality of coaches and volunteers at different levels.

Project Outcomes

  • Working with girls and women in areas of specified social need who may not have been given the opportunity to play various sports
  • Working with partners who can provide exit routes
  • Being attached to a professional football club
  • 9 Netball teams from local community clubs playing in league
  • Basketball camp held for girls only
  • 8 schools now receiving Hockey coaching each season
  • 10 girls from each school taking part
  • 10 schools receiving Netball coaching
  • 12 girls from each school
  • 14 schools receive basketball coaching with 100 girls participating
  • 5 schools receive Tennis coaching
  • 4 Umpiring/coaching sessions for teachers
  • Ladies BTN netball team now in local senior league
  • U12 girls playing in basketball league

Further Details

Girls and Women Co-Ordinator: Angie Syrett
Telephone: 01206 217194