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Encouraging women into sport

The Scottish Government has teamed up with a number of key leaders from the world of women’s sport, business and media to support work to encourage more women into sport.

The initiative builds on recent successes in women’s football and netball at a national level. But despite the pockets of progress that have been made in female sport recently, there’s still more to do to get girls and women into sport.

And with more than 30,000 women working with us, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is in a prime position to do our bit to support the new national initiative.

Fiona Watt, health improvement senior, is one of many female colleagues who have taken up sport and managed to combine it with working and family life.

Fiona said: “I was never a ‘runner’, but when I went to university in Newcastle and cheered on everyone at the Great North Run, it gave me the urge to get into it - I watched all these amazing people and thought ‘if they can do it so can I’, so started training. The next year I did the event and loved it and now ended up doing that specific event 13 times!

“I then had two children in the space of 17 months and I knew I had to find something that would help me get the baby weight off as well as find something for me again, but fitting in with family and work life. When you become a mum, you have to put your kids first so I wanted to find something that I could still train/compete in without impacting on them – running was the answer.”

Activestaff offers a range of free sport and physical activity opportunities including jogging, badminton and discounted gym memberships to all staff. So if you’re motivated by our female footballers or, like Fiona, want to switch from spectator to participant, then activestaff is just what you need.

For more information, visit: www.nhsggc.org.uk/activestaff