Gizel 15, attends St Martins In The Fields School in Brixton and is currently in year 11. Gizel first started attending the This Girl Can Lambeth project in February 2016 through Fight 4 Change when one of her sports teachers recommended her. Like most girls, Gizel was not really interested in PE and constantly forgot her PE kit at home so she couldn’t take part in PE sessions within school. Fight 4 Change is a charity partner of This Girl Can Lambeth and run a number of female only programmes and workshops and course across London.
Before the This Girl Can project, Gizel was a persistent non-attender in PE, as we started delivering multi-sports sessions at the school through a different approach compared to the usual standard PE sessions, Gizel started to flourish as a leader and to support her with this the coach supported her in designing her own sports sessions with the view of becoming a sports leader in the future.
“This project has made a change to my life, I feel much better within myself”
Since Gizel has been attending the sessions, her confidence from coaching multi-sports to the other girls has risen during sessions which shows in her encouragement delivering sports in front of her peers. Gizel has grown and now turns up early for sessions and is very vocal whilst supporting the coaches.
“Many young people that don’t take part in PE have started to join in through the sessions”
Going forward, Gizel will be coming on board as a volunteer to try and inspire other girls to take part in sport.