Electric Ireland Announces Next Game Changing Virtual Event in Series | Newry Times

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Wednesday, March 10th, 2021

Why do teenage girls drop out of sport?  That is the question that will be posed and discussed at a virtual event on Thursday 11 March at 7 pm. 


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The event, the third in a series brought by Electric Ireland’s Game Changers NI campaign, will see a panel of experts discuss the huge drop out of girls in sports by the age of 13.

“It has been proven time and again that many young girls stop playing sport and engaging in physical activity developing negative attitudes towards sport, which can act as a barrier for them in later life,” said Anne Smyth, Sponsorship Specialist with Electric Ireland and host of the event.



“Therefore, I’m particularly proud to discuss this topic in our webinar series as a means of providing practical information and advice to young girls, their parents and coaches.”

Joining Anne will be the child psychologist and author of ‘Love In, Love Out – A compassionate approach to parenting your anxious child’ Dr Malie Coyne and Danielle McDowell, former Northern Ireland international and Women’s Development Officer at the Irish FA.

Irish Rugby player and coaching mentor Eliza Downey will also be joining the panel along with businesswoman Anne Costello who provides wellness-based Stress Reduction programmes and courses for the business community.


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The event will engage and educate teenage girls, their parents and coaches on the importance of sports for their mental and physical development.

The informed panellists will discuss the important issues surrounding young girls’ demise in sports and will provide advice on how to overcome challenges that are presented to them.

One of the core concerns to be raised is how we maintain the interest in sports for teenage girls in a pandemic environment, due to a lack of training and matches.

Valuable insights and advice will be provided by the panellists and opportunities to ask questions will be available.



Anne Smyth continued, “For this series, it has been important for us to approach panellists from different areas of the industry, who have been involved in sports in some aspect of their lives, so they can discuss the benefits sport participation had in their development.

“We are also pleased to have our key sports experts on the panel to talk about their own experience of how sport played in their young lives.

“Our aim at this event is to engage with teenage girls and to emphasise the importance of sport and how it will benefit them in their future endeavours in life.

“In this challenging environment, we now more than ever need to bring awareness to women’s sport – and what better way to start then sustaining interest with young women,” she added.

Presented by Electric Ireland, this Game Changers NI event will be the third in what has become a popular educational webinar series.



Electric Ireland Gamer Changers NI events work to educate, support and develop the position of female sports in Northern Ireland.

It is now just as important, if not more so, to bring attention to and support the women’s game, at all ages, throughout this pandemic.

To join the conversation, click here at 7 pm on Thursday 11 March.


Keep up to date with all the latest Northern Ireland Coronavirus / Covid-19 news HERE.


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