Youth Scotland and StreetGames Festival at Cornton Vale

Youth Scotland recently ran a successful physical activity festival in partnership with StreetGames at Cornton Vale prison.

Sponsored by Coca Cola, StreetGames festivals offer young people the opportunity to take part in a number of physical activity sessions over the course of one day.

97 female prisoners took part in the festival, getting involved with a range of physical activities designed to engage, motivate and increase physical activity levels. This included thump boxing, pop dance, tribal groove and street dance workshops. The festival culminated with the women taking part in a specially choreographed performance for the prison governor.

"This was a really busy event, and a great setting for one of our first StreetGames festivals," said Youth Scotland Youth Active Manager Rebecca Simpson. "The women that took part got really involved, even though some participants hadn't been to a gym before.

Two prisoners volunteered at the event, which involved setting-up equipment, helping to co-ordinate the activities and motivating their peers. It was an excellent opportunity for them to develop their own leadership skills, working closely with Youth Scotland to act as role models for others."

"The gym was buzzing, there was so much excitement around the place and it felt like what a gym should be like," said Christopher Stewart, Cornton Vale's Physical Education Instructor.

"The women were really chuffed with the medals and T-shirts they received as part of the festival. We are hoping to sustain this level of interest in new activities and enable the women to keep active and motivated."

Youth Scotland is planning more StreetGames Festivals taking place across the country this year. Youth Scotland's positive partnership with the Prison Service continues across a range of Youth Scotland's projects, with an evaluation report due to be published this summer.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Simpson, Youth Scotland Youth Active Manager at rebecca.simpson@youthscotland.org.uk or on 0131 554 2561.