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- 05 September 2013 00:00
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The Us Girls initiative has received a major boost after the project was honoured with the National Lottery Award for Best Sports Project in 2013.
Us Girls is a Sport England-funded initiative that aims to get 30,000 young women living in disadvantaged areas more active by providing them with opportunities to play sport within their local communities.
It is being delivered by the Active Women Consortium, a body led by StreetGames – while it is receiving £2.3 million of National Lottery investment from Sport England as part of its ‘Active Women’ campaign to tackle the gender gap in sport.
The award and grant for £2000 was presented to Us Girls in Manchester by double Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton, who then spent the afternoon playing football, handball, netball and fitness with the girls before holding a Q&A session.
"It means a lot for Us Girls to be recognised by the National Lottery and to be honoured by an Olympic legend like Victoria,” said Us Girls National Programme Manager Karen Keohane.
"As a successful British sportswoman, she is a great inspiration to the young women and volunteers we work with every day.
"The aim of Us Girls is to help young women in disadvantaged communities play sport, make friends and above all have fun and with this award from the National Lottery, we can continue to do this.”
StreetGames UK Ltd chief executive Jane Ashworth has also expressed her delight at the award.
"I'm delighted to announce that Us Girls has won the National Lottery Award for Best Sport Project 2013,” she said.
"The award is fantastic recognition to all our projects, coaches, leaders and volunteers up and down the country who work hard week in week out to make the programme such as success.”