HUNDREDS of people have taken the opportunity during lockdown to help boost women and girl's future participation in sport.

An online learning hub launched in April aimed to help organisations attract more female participants to their sports sessions and retain them.

Almost 600 people across the region have now completed the Engaging Women and Girls in Sport and Physical Activity course and many are going on to make positive changes in the future, including plans to add female-only sessions and offering girls-only after school clubs.

StreetGames, a charity that uses of sport to help disadvantaged youngsters supported the creation of the module.

Kate Roberts, Yorkshire and Humber workforce lead said: “It’s brilliant to be able to share the knowledge and insight we have gained from nearly ten years of our national ‘Us Girls’ programme.

"We’re delighted that so many people have taken up this opportunity to learn new top tips of how to engage women and girls in physical activity and also hear from local projects who bring to life the learning from their female projects too.”

The scheme was backed by charities including North Yorkshire Sport and Yorkshire with funding from Sport England’s Workforce Innovation fund.