Girl Power! Highfields students meet high-profile female sports stars at Lord’s

A number of RDSSP Young Leaders from Highfields School in Matlock are set to showcase a special film they’ve produced about the role of women in sport.

Highfields interview Clare Balding RDSSPThe launch of the short video follows the inaugural Women’s Sport Conference at Lord’s on Thursday 30th of October, aimed at improving the gender balance in sport.

Students had the chance to meet and interview a number of high-profile women figures in the sporting world including Sports Minister, Helen Grant; TV presenters, Clare Balding and Jane Dougall; Olympic athlete, Gail Emms MBE; Captain of the British Fed Cup team, Judy Murray; Chief Executive of England Rugby 2015, Debbie Jevans; CEO of The Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation, Ruth Holdaway; sportswear designer, Lily Rice; and four-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion, Chrissie Wellington.

Highfields interivew Gail Emms RDSSPThe visit comes as pupils have been involved in the Youth Sport Trust’s ‘Girls Active’ Project about girls’ participation in sport.

Highfields PE teacher, Jayne Allen, attended the conference and says: “It showed the girls that there are so many diverse sporting pathways and careers open to them and by interviewing numerous high-status figures, they were able to find out who influenced them and their career choices and subsequent rise up the ladders of their professions.”

Highfields Interview Jane Dougall RDSSP

RDSSP Manager, Janice Price, was also at the London event alongside the students and says: “It’s great that Women in Sport is working to transform sport for women and girls by making it fairer and breaking down barriers. Our motto at the Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership, ‘Advance, Achieve, Aspire’ sums up our ambition to encourage young people to push themselves, support each other and lead by example.”

Highfields interview Chrissie Wellington RDSSPSport isn’t just about physical activity – it’s also about teaching values of team-building, leadership, inclusivity and friendship as well as nurturing our most talented athletes and supporting the less able.”

The film will be showcased at a Careers in Sport evening at Highfield’s in Matlock on Tuesday the 18th of November.


Notes to Editors

For more information, to arrange an interview or organise going along to the event on the night, contact Rebecca Cassidy on or call 07507 669 440

Photos above include students chatting to Clare Balding, Jane Dougall, Gail Emms and Chrissie Wellington. Download high resolution images:

The Careers in Sport event is taking place in the Wheeldon Hall (Upper Site) at Highfields School in Matlock on Tuesday 18th November from 6.30-8pm.

Highfields School,
Upper Lumsdale,
Telephone: 01629 581888
Fax: 01629 57572

Find out more about the organisations mentioned above:
• Highfields School website –
• Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership website – or follow on Twitter @RuralDerbysSSP
• Women in Sport website – or follow on Twitter @Womeninsport_uk
• Youth Sport Trust website – or follow on Twitter @YouthSportTrust