The Outdoor Partnership launched the This Girl’s Adventure in 2015 to address the inequality of women in the outdoor sector. Women are underrepresented in outdoor leadership qualifications, and this becomes more pronounced the higher up the qualification ladder. Women make up only 4% of leaders with higher qualifications (IOL Linda Allin, Northumbria University 2021).
This Girl’s Adventure aims to inspire more women and girls to participate in outdoor activities and enjoy the benefits that the outdoors can bring to one’s health and social wellbeing and ultimately see a potential career in the sector.
We inspire women and girls to get active through social and friendly activity sessions including climbing, hill-walking, kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, skiing, surfing, open water swimming and fell and trail running.
These sessions are fun, safe, enjoyable and accessible for all, delivered by qualified and experienced instructors and coaches.
Come along and get involved in the fun while gaining confidence, fitness and friends.
Activities and opportunities are generally advertised through our This Girls Adventure Facebook group
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Held in March in 2023, we celebrated International Women’s Day across all our regions in style!
From introduction to kayaking sessions held by Copeland Canoe Club in Cumbria, to female-led mountain biking coaching sessions in Rhondda Cynon Taff, to a snowy paddling session and inspiring presentation by Merched y Môr (four amazing women who are training to become the first all -female Welsh crew to row across the Atlantic), we certainly showcased all the fabulous women who participate in the outdoors every day, at every level.
Let’s hear it for the girls!
Working with the Ethnic Minorities and Youth Sport team (EYST) in Swansea, we developed a specific programme to encourage women to access the outdoors. With an interest in low level walks, a four week programme was devised for the group, alongside local provider, Tread Gower. These focused on coastal path walks, and with the aims of building up the distance and confidence, alongside skills and an opportunity to learn new routes, the programme received rave reviews.
Following on from the sessions, members enjoyed opportunities to participate further at open sessions and bigger events such as Gower Walking Festival – a great community based event, allowing opportunities for everyone to experience the great walks that are on offer in the Gower!