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Girls ‘R’ ACE Project

The Girls R ACE project started in 2011 and works with young women from 12-25. This project has evolved from research which has shown that when young women reach the age of eleven and up they are less likely to get involved in physical activity such as adventure sports. There are opportunities for young women to participate in adventure sport already but these are in mixed gender groups. Girls R ACE provides an opportunity for females to develop their outdoor skills together in a fun, supportive and relaxed environment. The long term aim of the project is to increase the number of women participating in adventure sport. We would also like to see more females in the outdoor industry. ACE and this project offer the opportunity for young women to gain experience to become instructors and to become role models for other young women.

The project has a dedicated female instructor who liaises with groups to help with funding and programme planning. We feel it is important for the young women to be part of this process to give them a sense of ownership and to choose activities that interest them. You can decide if you would like a taster programme with a range of activities or you could chose to just focus and builds skills in one activity. There are different levels of awards and qualifications including Duke of Edinburgh award that can be built into activities. 

Activities range from high adrenaline, action outdoor pursuits to a relaxing introduction to the outdoor environment. Water sports include coasteering, canyoneering, canoeing, kayaking, gorge walking and stand up paddle boarding. Land based activities including climbing and abseiling, trail cycling, Forest School, bush craft, archery, team building and orienteering. For more information about the project please get in touch.

This project is funded by Children in Need.