Martin Whitfield MSP is supporting this year’s Scottish Women and Girls in Sport Week (25-31 October) – a chance for people across Scotland to celebrate the positive impact sport and activity can have on the lives of women and girls, regardless of age or ability.

From sports podiums to grassroots activities happening in communities across Scotland, the Week offers a fantastic opportunity to highlight positive stories and inspire and motivate more women to get involved in sport and physical activity.

Speaking about his support for the week, Martin Whitfield MSP said:

“While many people were able to remain relatively active during COVID and lockdown, others experienced a sharp decline in their activity, especially because of restrictions on organised and team sports and the closure of leisure centres and gyms.

“We know that there has always been a drop-off in girls’ participation in sport as they move through school, so it’s particularly important to encourage them to get back into doing sport and exercise as we emerge from the pandemic.

“I’m very pleased to help promote this important message and commend Active Scotland and the other organisations that have organised the week.”

As part of the week, people are being encouraged to get involved by sharing their ‘Five Reasons for Five Years’. Post an image of yourself doing the sport or activity you enjoy using #SheCanSheWill with a supporting post highlighting the five reasons it benefits your own health and wellbeing to help motivate and inspire others.