‘Levelling the Playing Field’ is a women’s empowerment project, which uses sport and activity as a tool to build confidence and resilience.
Comic Relief have funded the initiative, which aims to empower women and girls to reach their full potential through the power of sport. Yorkshire Sport Foundation, in partnership with Together Women Project and YWCA are delivering this initiative in Bradford, Doncaster and Leeds, both at drop-in centres and in the community.
Support is provided to women to access sport and physical activity qualifications, and eventually progress into facilitating activities for their friends and family.
Since the start of the project in October 2017, the project has engaged over 200 women in regular, weekly activity, with 90% of women saying they feel more motivated to be both physically active, and motivated to make positive changes in their lives because of their involvement in this project.
As part of the project we organise Confidence and Resilience Days where we take women out of their comfort zone and introduce them to activities they never thought possible to them.
The Together Women project moves women out of crime and into positive futures by working with them to build resilience and develop strengths that enable them to move away from damaging lifestyles in safe women-only spaces. http://www.togetherwomen.org/
YWCA: We believe that all young women have the right to live in a safe space, to be heard and to be given the opportunity to reach their full potential. Our charity focuses on providing emergency accommodation across Yorkshire to young women in need of support. These include those who have suffered from domestic abuse, are care leavers and young parents. Find out more at https://www.ywcayorkshire.org.uk/