Radio Leicester studio hosts Teresa Hames for Strong Girls Can discussion

by | 5th June 2019

NEWS: Radio Leicester studio hosts Teresa Hames for Strong Girls Can discussion

Coach Unlimited’s Strong Girls Can programme is attracting growing media attention. 

Director Teresa Hames was invited into Radio Leicester’s studio this week to discuss the impact the programme has made in the secondary schools in the county. 

Appearing on Martin Ballard’s Drive Time show, Teresa spoke about how well Strong Girls Can had been received after its delivery in secondary schools like The Lancaster Academy and The Market Bosworth School. 

She explained how girls from all sorts of different backgrounds were finding common ground when taking part in the day-long course. 

Strong Girls Can teaches girls to be proud of who they are, whether that be someone who is shy and quiet or whether they are a born leader,” she told Martin. 

“They should not have to pretend to be someone else to fit in with someone’s else idea of who they think they should be. 

“We have found that some girls are so scared of believing in themselves that they do not even tell their family and friends what their hopes and dreams are. 

“We had a girl in a group the other day who said she had been writing songs in her bedroom but not told anyone about it. When her friend heard this, she was dumbfounded. 

Strong Girls Can tries to get girls to recognise who they are and what they are good at. That can be a big test and hard to get them to admit those things. We get them to write down on post-it notes at the end of the day what they like about themselves – and seeing those notes can be the best part of the day for me.” 

When asked by the BBC Radio presenter about the tremendous feedback the day-long sessions in schools have received, Teresa added: “Parents we know have been asking me if we can come and talk to their daughter so I am convinced that this programme is something that both children and parents are crying out for.” 

Listen to the recording of Martin Ballard’s show on the BBC iPlayer until the first week in July here: 

The interview with Teresa takes place between 39:35mins and 46:51mins.

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