Barbara recently attended the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation annual conference.
The conference launched the first national strategy to increase the low number of women and girls who are active in sport or other physical activity.
Also attending were Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell MP, Double Gold Olympic Medallist Dame Kelly Holmes CBE and Bronze Olympic Medallist Katherine Merry.
Barbara is working with the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation in a scheme organised in Parliament by Sport England.
“The numbers of girls and women taking part and sport is very low, both nationally and locally in Salford. The national strategy launched by the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation is an important first step towards getting more women and girls active and healthy. I recently took part in the City of Salford Women’s 5.25 mile run and I want to continue to champion women’s sport and fitness in Worsley and Salford.
“It is particularly important in the lead-up to the London 2012 Olympic Games for national sporting bodies to invest more equally in women and girls. Sport and leisure products and services should also be more tailored towards the needs of women and girls, which are different from those of men. Tackling the shortfall of women taking part in sport or fitness activities is important for women’s future health.”