Let’s encourage girls to build their skills

Helping girls learn new skills that will shape their future is at the heart of everything we do. That’s why we’re celebrating World Youth Skills Day by taking a look at some of the amazing achievements of our young members.

Check out 6th Clydebank Guide Freya’s story about how working towards her Fitness interest badge helped fuel her dreams of competing in the Olympics one day!

I’ve loved swimming since I was little and although I’m only 12 I’ve been doing it competitively for many years now. It’s great when you find a fun sport you enjoy which helps you stay active. I like knowing I’m working hard to develop my skills and improve my performance. There’s no better feeling than when you master a particularly difficult stroke or beat your personal best.

I think it’s really important to introduce girls to staying fit and healthy from a young age. It’s something I’m seriously passionate about so when the opportunity came up to earn my Fitness interest badge I jumped at the chance to do it!

At the moment I train seven times a week which is a big commitment. It requires a lot of hard work, so even though swimming is one of my favourite things to do, working towards the Fitness badge was a great way to help me stay motivated and keep pushing myself. Ultimately I want to become the best swimmer I can possibly be and hopefully win a gold medal at the Olympics one day.

Here are my top tips for earning your Fitness badge, building on your skills and using it to create the future you want.

1. Don’t be discouraged

Even when the going gets tough, try to persevere and don’t discouraged by anyone in your life who says you can’t reach your goals. Take any negative comments like, ‘Only boys can be good and successful at sport’ and see it as an opportunity to prove them wrong and show them girls can do anything.

2. Be patient

If you want to be the best in a particular sport and reach the top of your game, you’ve got to put the work in and keep a positive attitude even when the going gets tough. Be patient when trying to master something new. If you keep telling yourself you’re going to get better at something then eventually you will.

3. Get your unit involved

Why not a have a sports night at your next meeting after summer and encourage girls to talk about activities they like and want to try? Girls who already belong to a sports club could ask their coaches to come along to a meeting in the future and even host a training session.

Help girls shape their future

From working through the Skills for my Future theme and helping girls explore different career paths to taking on the Be Well theme and teaching girls about first aid skills, check out everything the new programme has to offer.