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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torfaensport

Attacking 💪🏼🏐 @welshnetball #oursquad #womenandgirls

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Everyone is welcome to be a part of #OurSquad ... Promise! 🥋 - Croeso i bawb yn rhan o #SgwadNi ... Addo! 🥋 - - #OurSquad #SgwadNi #Wales #Cymru #SquadGoals #sport #chwaraeon - #selflove #healthylifestyle #fitspo #fitnessmotivation #strongnotskinny #lifequotes #motivation #myjourney #health #gymspiration #fitness #fit #Fitfam #jinfit#fitnessmodel #fitnessaddict #fitspo#workout #Karate #MartialArts

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getjinfit

💕Y.Our Gang 💕 Let them be unique Let them be wild Just let them be them. You are unique and there is no other like you and that my dear makes you perfect. #jinfit #fitness #fit #fitnessjourney #fitspo #workout #fitnessaddict #cardio #train #training #health #igfitness #healthychoices #active #strong #motivation #instagood #determination #lifestyle #getfit #fitfam #exercise #photooftheday #wegenersgranulomatosis #oursquad

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howsteph

Me and @chrissie_minaj_515 rocking our #OurSquad vests at @tigerbaybrawlers training tonight. Another fun, sweaty session ☺️🐯

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letzshare

Throwback to our ladies only Surf & Yoga day in July! Such a great day with amazing women🏄🏽‍♀️ Try something new ladies!😊We are here for that #challengeyourlimits #sportstogether #girlsbelike #girlpower #oursquad #wales #wonderfulwales #lovelife #loveyourself #surfing #yoga #summer #surfandyoga #outdoors #freshair #vitaminsea #trysomethingdifferent #iwill #activewear #surfwear #female #gowerlove #gower #sports

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oursquadcymru

''Mae wedi'u tynnu nhw o le tywyll" - Sut mae chwaraeon yn gallu newid eich bywyd - #SgwadNi - - #OurSquad #Wales #Cymru #SquadGoals #sport #chwaraeon #women #selflove #healthylifestyle #fitspo #fitnessmotivation #strongnotskinny #lifequotes #motivation #myjourney #health #gymspiration #fitness #fit #Fitfam #fitnessaddict #fitspo #workout #softball #softballgirls

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rubles20

Repost: @oursquadcymru ・・・ “Knowing how nervous I was going out on my first club ride, I wanted to help and encourage other women who also felt that way." #OurSquad 🚴‍♀️ - - #queenofthemtns #KeepClimbing #WomensCycling #OutsideIsFree #SheRidesRoad #Cycling #LoveCycling #Fitness #CyclingLife #CyclingLifestyle #HowWeLiv #LivBeyond #TWCWeRide #FromWhereIRide #BeautyOfCycling #CycleLikeAGirl #Pembrokeshire #LivCyclingUK #StravaCycling #Active #Healthy #LikeAGirl #SgwadNi #Wales #Cymru #Sport #Women #HealthyLifestyle #Motivation @milfordtritons @sport_wales @shecycleswales @welshcycling

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...

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...

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...

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...

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torfaensport

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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...

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...

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...

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welshnetball

When you're the shortest member of the squad and need a little assistance... 😂 Welsh athletes @bethdyke and Kyra Jones have kicked off the week right with an early morning gym sesh thanks to USW S&C team ✊️🏋️‍♀️ . . #mondaymotivation #monday #gym #workout #GC2018 #roadtogoldcoast #wales #squad #cymru #oursquad #cymru #growthegame #netballontherise #netball #pelrwyd #inspiresuccess #cardiff

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amylou_murph

The thrills and spills of Thursday nights are no more. Evening uplifts are over! Does that mean winter is coming 😱😱😱😱😱😷 Fun night trying out this new #olfi camera with @lewlew88 #bikeparkwales #mtb #mtbwomens #oursquad #mountainbiking #vitus @olficamera #olfi

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...

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...

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...