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Bradford Women’s Foundation puts sports at the heart of IWD celebrations

The Inspirational Women Foundation is to run a Mum and Daughter’s Sports Day in celebration of International Women’s Day.

The Inspirational Women Foundation (IWF) in collaboration with Carlton Bolling, is running a Mum’s and Daughters’ Sports Day to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) next month.

The event will take place on Saturday, 12 March between 12pm and 4pm at Carlton Bolling, 12 Undercliffe Lane, Bradford BD3 0DU.

IWD, celebrated on 8 March, is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

The event will be held at Carlton Bolling.

IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group, or organization specific.

Women and girls from across Bradford District are invited to take part in the IWF Mum’s and Daughter’s Sports Day.

The aim of the day is to also normalise mothers and daughters playing sports together when so often it is usually fathers taking their sons to football lessons or other sports sessions.

We often think women are ‘hard to reach’ and need to be encouraged to play sport, but IWF believes that is never the issue. Instead, it is about creating an environment that is female-friendly and where women and girls feel safe enough to play, in a usually male-dominated environment.

The aim of the day is to also normalise mothers and daughters playing sports together when so often it is usually fathers taking their sons to football lessons or other sports sessions.

The IWF runs the IWF Sports Club, with daily activity sessions across the district. The IWF Sports Club classes are all run by professional coaches, ranging from football, badminton, and netball, rounders, tennis, Zumba, cricket, climbing, golfing, and more.

The sports day will be a chance for mother’s and daughter’s to play sport together in a safe environment.

The IWF Sports Club is open to all women over the age of sixteen, from across the Bradford district, but also from further afield if they can get to the venues.

Women are invited to join for an exclusive membership fee starting from just £10 a month where they would have access to a variety of different sports sessions.

The IWD event at Carlton Bolling will be a fun day of sporting activities from the traditional egg and spoon and three-legged race to football, netball, cricket, dancing, and more.

There will be plenty of prizes to win and food to fuel up after all the fun physical action.

Representatives from the Army will be in attendance, providing the women with a small taste of the army through some military drills on the day.

Managing Director and editor of Asian Standard and founder of the Inspirational Women Foundation Fatima Patel, said: “It’s great to be partnering up with Carlton Bolling, who share the same values as our foundation.

“This year’s IWD has a call to action for accelerating women’s equality and I feel sports is an area which really needs this, and I am not talking participation. I am talking resources, spaces and opportunities. Thanks to Carlton Bolling and the British Army, we are able to host a fun sports day, which provides resources, fun and most importantly a safe space for women and girls to come and enjoy. It’s going to be a really fun day.”

Head of School at Carlton Bolling, Mohammed Azum, said: “It is an honour to be collaborating with the Inspirational Women Foundation. The main reason for working with the organisation is about creating positive role models for our students.

“Our young girls need positive role models that they can aspire to be. There is no glass ceiling in Carlton Bolling, the message to students is always ‘anything is possible.’

“Hosting the event in BD3 is amazing, opening the school to the community is exactly what I want, the school is a community hub and a community school. I am pleased that Carlton Bolling can give back to the community and open our doors so that it can help everyone. Providing safe spaces and normalising women in sports is at the top of our agenda.”

Head of School at Carlton Bolling, Mohammed Azum.

A mum-of-two daughters from Carlton Bolling said: “My daughters are currently in year seven and in year 9. they both enjoy sports and attend extracurricular activities in school. I try and take them to the park every weekend, but it is difficult as there are no organised activities in the local area and the ones which are organised can sometimes be expensive.

“I don’t really play any sports, but I like to walk, and I am interested in attending the IWF Mother and Daughter’s Sports Day event to see which other opportunities will be available for my daughters and me.”

Saima Hussain, Head of Foundation at Community Cougars Foundation, said: “Creating a safe space for women and girls in sports is important because as women we are behind.

“We live in a world of unequal opportunities. Creating a safe space for women in sport is important because there is talent from all walks of life, it doesn’t matter who you are or what community you come from. We should be pushing for women engagement at amateur level.”

For more information or to register call 01274 721 419 or email sports@inspirationalwomenfoundation.org.uk

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