Welcome to #OurSquad

Our Squad is a Sport Wales initiative aimed at inspiring, empowering and encouraging more women and girls in Wales to get active and give sport a go.

It doesn’t matter about your current fitness level, sporting ability or chosen activity, we just want you to get involved and have fun doing it.

Us Welsh are known for being a friendly bunch and we know there’s a network of friendly females out there who only want to encourage each other to achieve the very best – whatever that may be.

There’s even a network of supportive males, also up for the challenge to inspire and empower their other halves, mums, daughters, nieces and gal pals. We want to grow this community and the army of support available to women and girls who want to get more active, try something new or venture into sport for the first time.

So join us. Be a part of #OurSquad. Share your stories and celebrate the achievements of women and girls across the nation giving it a go.

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Cat is keeping the spark shining

Having always loved running, mum of two Cat Johnson enjoys nothing more than teaching other women how to do the same, earning her the nickname ‘Running Mama.’ Here’s Cat’s story of why she loves to keep fit and inspire other ladies to reach their goals, #OurSquad style …  Cat has always enjoyed keeping fit. In fact, getting back in to running after some time out did wonders for her own mental health. Four years back, she attended Diva Sport session in Pengam. Her enthusiasm got her spotted and she was approached to join the team of instructors. First, she started...

Taking to the streets

So we’re a couple of weeks into my partnership with Sports Wales and I’m now officially a fully-fledged member of #OurSquad! I’ve played a round at the Tee it Up Golf Centre, Stretched my way through a Yoga Session and now I’ve jogged my through a running session with #GirlsTogetherSplott.  You’ll remember from my initial blog that whilst I might not be the fittest little bee, I did once run a 5k, with the help of the Couch to 5k App (and a lot of support from my sports bra). However this was over a year ago, and the last time...

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gogawrexham

Dedication from the 24 ladies who made it to Queensway tonight for the GOGA ladies night in the windy weather👏🏼 Fabulous effort 🏃🏼‍♀️ #wrexham #oursquad #goga #dsw #disabilitysportwales #runwales #athletics

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cardiffpanthers

Super proud of our very own Panthers ladies who made history by representing Wales' first ever women's team the Euro Cup 🎉 Want to be part of this next year, ladies? Keep an eye out for our taster sessions over the next few months. No experience or knowledge of the game necessary, and we welcome all skill levels 💁#OurSquad #thisgirlcan #afl #aussierules #training #fitness #welsh #wales #cardiff #cardiffpanthers #doit

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newportliveuk

Today is #InternationalDayofTheGirl! The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights - something we are very passionate about! The Newport Live Sports Development team runs the Newport Us Girls project, which you can find out more about on the website: http://newportlive.co.uk/sport-leisure/sports-development/tackling-inequalities/women-girls

Danni’s getting salty in the surf

Danielle Robertson, 27, from Rhosneigr, Anglesey but now living in Neath, founded her own surfing club to help make the sport more accessible to women by providing them with the chance to try it, grow their confidence and connect with like-minded individuals. After meeting up with two like-minded female surfers she met online at Rest Bay, over a post-surf hot chocolate Dani and the others decided to create an online community to help women with a passion for surfing to connect, share advice, train together and form friendships. Surf Senioritas has since grown into a thriving community and source of...

Angharad’s batty about softball

A softball player who set-up Wales’ first Welsh language team is hoping to inspire more women and girls to take up sport regardless of their shape, size or ability. Angharad Sian Roche, 34, was originally attracted to the sport seven years ago when she unintentionally came across a game while walking through Pontcanna Fields in Cardiff. Despite having never played softball before, Angharad was instantly drawn to the ‘relaxed but fun vibe’ and it wasn’t long before she joined a team. “It’s hitting a ball and running in short spurts so you don’t have to be Kelly Homes to do...

Lifting myself up

Attending a female-only taster session at Bangor University, Grace thought she would find yet another activity she enjoyed. What she didn’t count on was just how much weightlifting would help boost her self-esteem. Now, when she’s not busy studying for an Msc in Clinical Neuropsychology, student Grace is lifting weights above her head! A bit of an all-rounder, Grace, now 23, has always been interested in sport. She danced from a young age, in everything from tap and ballet to jazz. She represented her High School cross-country team every year from Year 7 through to Year 11. She enjoyed rock...

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hayleycoburn

Proud to run in a team with this lot today.Tough race, but I got it done #teambridgend #bridgendac #gwentleague #oursquad

Beccy’s bouncing about netball

Beccy Roberts, 26 is Head Coach of a large netball club in North Wales whilst playing competitively herself and teaching Physical Education at Castell Alun High School in Hope. Beccy’s love for sport stems from her school days, which she says was fostered by her PE teacher – a legacy she strives to continue with her own students. Rebecca said: “Being a full-time PE teacher can sometimes be challenging, and like everyone, I have been known to struggle to get my work-life balance right.” “I find that netball is a huge stress reliever for me.” “A lot of people feel...

Welsh Girl Problems turns Golfer

Our guest blogger Welsh Girl Problems is trying out a few sports to help motivate #oursquad to give them a go too! First up, it’s golf… A few weeks ago you’ll remember I wrote this blog explaining that over a 3-month period, I was gunna be getting me sweat on with the new Our Squad programme and writing about it here. For the next 12 weeks, I’m gunna be trying out six sporty activities and as well as writing about them (once I’ve caught my breath), I’ll be plastering them all over my social.  Anyone who follows me on Insta...

This lot are fighting fit!

In one corner of North Wales, a group of females are literally kickin’ it! Martin Williams School of Taekwondo in Flintshire is not only the former club of Olympian Jade Jones, but also the training ground for many women and girls looking to let off a bit of steam and have a laugh – TKD style. Not convinced? Have a read of the stories below to help motivate you. They are all in #OurSquad so why not join them? FAMILY TIME For Emma and Faye, Taekwondo (TKD) is their mummy and daughter time. When Emma Parsons suffered a head injury...

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raptorskorfball

Great session last night with S4C. So good to see so many new Raptors smashing out training! #oursquad #welshkorfball #korfball #s4c #promovideo

More than just a team

Unhappy memories of PE as a young girl and studying for a demanding career as a solicitor in her early twenties meant Angharad neither wanted or had the time to be messing around with sport.   All that changed however after a chance encounter with an old school friend…   Angharad recalls “I was talked into it really, next thing I knew I had been added to a Facebook group and that was it. I couldn’t back out then, I was already part of the team.” Fast forward four years and the girl who hated PE and hadn’t seen a...

Our Squad: Competition Terms and Conditions

1. The promoter is: Sport Wales whose registered office is at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. 2. The competition is open to female residents or visitors of Wales aged 16 years or over 1. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition. 1. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions. 2. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via http://oursquad.cymru/ and https://twitter.com/OurSquadCymru and https://www.facebook.com/OurSgwadCymru/ and https://www.instagram.com/oursquadcymru/?hl=en 1. Multiple entries from the same person will be accepted and counted as a...

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amylou_murph

Anyone else got the Monday feeling today😱? Just wanna go play on my bike but there's a massive storm and work's kicking off! Bring on the weekend yewww #mtbwomens #mtb #ukmtb #imbbikemag #mountainbike #mondaymood #bikes #oursquad #vitusbikes #foxwomens

Caroline’s at the top of her game

Caroline Matthews, 43, who lives in Sully, has represented Team GB at both the 2004 and 2008 Paralympics. Since a very young age, Caroline played as many sports as possible. Despite having trouble with her knees about the age of 12, she went on to represent Welsh Universities in rowing, basketball, and volleyball. At 16 she had her first knee operations and, despite years of treatment and surgery, she was 26 when doctors told her she would never run or jump again. Caroline had been suffering from an aggressive form of osteoarthritis in both knees. “Playing sport with people you...

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oursquadcymru

Wise words Dani. Ain't nobody got time for 'what ifs' ... Cytuno? . . . #oursquad #surfsenoritas #mondaymotivation #inspo #surf #surfing #wales #sgwadni #cymru #memeoftheday

Steph’s into brawling on skates

An international roller derby champion is hoping to inspire women and girls throughout Wales to take up sport, regardless of their shape, size and ability. Stephanie Howarth, 35, from Cardiff, has represented her local team, the Tiger Bay Brawlers, at UK, European and American roller derby tournaments. As a child, Stephanie grew up playing numerous sports in school but like many young girls lost interest during her teenage years. At 30, her interest was reignited when friends invited her to watch a game of roller derby, inspiring her to later try out for the squad. “Take that initial step and...

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Join our list of happy successful clients! Contact us for more info on our we can help you feel great!!! Our group training classes are well known for being the best around. Friendly, supportive, fun, challenging & safe. Whether you are an absolute beginner or a fitness fanatic we have something for everyone. Our 6 Month Memberships - Commit to get fit 6 month Transform Program - £49.99 pm (Includes Monthly consultations, Body Fat Assessments & Nutritional guidance) 6 month Standard membership - £39.99 pm 6 month Transform upfront payment - £249.99 (6 months for the price of 5) 6 month standard upfront payment - £199.99 (6 months for the price of 5) All of these memberships provide unlimited classes per month and access to open gym times. Personal Training Packages can also added to your membership. For more details on any of these memberships please call into the gym, #motivation #grouptraining #fitness #gymlife #fitness #healthyliving #hiit #personaltraining #strength #therapy #positivity #goodvibesonly #gym #rhondda #tonyrefail #ladiesnight #ladiesthatlift #girlpower #oursquad #gymfamily #myfitnessjourney

Ruby loves to ride and inspire

Ruby Woods who is a British Cycling Breeze Champion first took up the sport three years ago when her boyfriend gave her a bike for her twenty-third birthday so that she could join him on rides. Soon after, Ruby decided to join her local club, Milford Tritons CC, but admits that nerves about what to expect almost held her back. “Despite the fact that my boyfriend is on the committee and his dad is the Chairman of the club, I still felt intimidated about joining Milford Tritons. “I was worried that I wouldn’t be good enough and unable to keep up...

Emily is kicking with confidence

Emily Roberts, now 16, from Llandudno, suffered from low self-esteem as a result of years of bullying at school, before taking up karate to build her confidence. “Sport has helped to improve my confidence and transform me as a person. I wouldn’t be who I am today without it” As a ten-year-old girl she beat the bullies and overcame issues of extreme shyness thanks to her love of martial arts. The former timid teen has seen her confidence soar and friendships flourish since her involvement in the sport. She has even gone on to teach a karate squad of her...

Finding my inner Zen

You’ll know by now that the lovely lot over at Sport Wales have asked me to come on board to support their new campaign, #OurSquad, a programme which encourages women to get involved in sports.    Enter me, the least sporty woman there is, rolling my sleeves up, donning my daps and giving it a go. Because if I can do it, anyone can!   After trying my hand at golf, which you can read about here, I was pleased to find that not all sports made you break out into a sweat, and I hardly got out of breath...

Ffion’s trailblazing across Wales

Ffion James, younger sibling of world champions Becky and Rachel, recently represented Great Britain at the World Cyclo-Cross championships. As a child, Ffion was desperate to get involved with the sport, seeing the early enthusiasm of her older siblings: “I got involved with mountain biking because my brothers and sisters were into it when they were really young” she said. “They were doing it and I really wanted to give it a go. I gave it a go, and I’ve loved it ever since”. Ffion recalled: “I remember crying before the start of my first race because I was so...

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oursquadcymru

Woop ... next @welshgirlprobs blog is here! This time she runs around #Cardiff, all in the name of #OurSquad. Link in the bio! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️ Blog nesaf gan Problemau Merch wrth iddi rhoi cynnig at redeg cymdeithasol . . . . . #sgwadni #running #girlstogethersplott #girlstogether #splott #caerdydd #runwales #mondaymotivation #blogoftheday #botd #potd

Jin’s fitness saved her life

A fitness instructor whose fitness levels helped her overcame the odds and survive a rare auto-immune disease is hoping to inspire more women and girls throughout Wales to give a more active lifestyle a go. Jin Osborne, 34, from Penarth suffers from granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) disease, which affects just eight in a million people, and attributes her success fighting the disorder to her involvement in sport. The mother of one, who runs her own fitness class JinFit, is committed to helping women of all shapes and sizes to get active for the right reasons in a welcoming and friendly...

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getjinfit

Your Strength + My Strength = Our Strength 👊🏻💪🏻💕 . When the workout is hard and your having that same old argument in your head that, “You can’t” or “it hurts” I can see those looks on your face and thats when I ask you to dig deep to reach deep down and grab that lioness within and let her roar 🐯 . You are also always watching me and most of you have learnt me by now and learnt that I am a suborn lady that won’t listen but believe me I do. . I get my strength when things get tough from you. Mostly when I am sat watching you all kick your butts it inspires me it makes me more determined than ever to get back at it to make sure my body is strong so the bounce back is quicker. . You must listen to your heart when training not your head. . The greatest strength is always kept locked in your heart after all its the strongest muscle you have 💕 . #fit #fitness #fitnessmotivation #fitspo #strength #strong #motivation #determination #live #love #life #oursquad #wegenersgranulomatosis #vascuilits #train #training #workout #jinfit #kettlebells #ladybells #exercise #believe

Angeline likes to cool off in the pool

An award-winning Welsh community coach is hoping to inspire women and girls from across the country to take up sport, whatever their background, to improve their health, boost their confidence and form life-long friendships. Angeline Tshiyane, 53, from Bettws in Newport, has set up multiple sporting groups to help encourage an active lifestyle among the region’s black, minority and ethnic (BME) communities, who are traditionally less likely to participate in sport. The mother of one, who also works as a carer, has launched her own weekly swimming sessions for children and adults from BME backgrounds, as well as the country’s...