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Virtuous Circle

Can you believe that of all the media coverage of sport in the uk, only 7% is dedicated to women? Even more staggering is the fact that of all the commercial money invested into sport in the uk, only 0.4% goes into the women’s sector.

It’s a sad fact that without media coverage, sponsors will not invest in women’s sport, leaving female participants unable to follow their dreams and leaving the various sports without professional role models that inspire the next generation.

At Boudavida we want to change this situation. We want to ensure that money from the sale of women’s products goes directly back into women’s sport and exercise. We want to help create role models and communities of women and girls who believe as we do that sport and exercise is a vital part of living a healthy, happy life.

In short, we want to create a virtuous circle that supports the women and girls who will one day inspire the next generation of women and girls to get active.

If you are an aspiring athlete, or are involved in a grass roots programme for women or girls, and want to be one of the recipients of our 5% donation, please write to us at contact@boudavida.com and tell us exactly why we should consider you.

Our Projects

  • Nova Sports
    Wheelchair Tennis and Basketball
  • Wasps Ladies
    Rugby
  • Hannah the Runner
    Running
  • Nova Sports

    • name: Nova Sports
    • sport: Wheelchair Tennis and Basketball
    • town/area: Bath
    • who is it for? People wanting to try wheelchair sports

    Tell us a little bit about Nova. 

    Nova Sports and Coaching (Nova) is a not-for-profit organisation that improves the opportunities for individuals with disabilities to take part in sport.

    We offer outreach to schools and community groups, set-up new sports clubs and run holiday activities in order to achieve this. One of our many projects is the development of two new wheelchair sports clubs. The first is a wheelchair basketball club in Bath and the other is a wheelchair tennis club in Writhlington.

     

    When did you set up Nova?

    I set up Nova with Alex in October 2017. We were both University of Bath graduates and qualified sports coaches and recognised the lack of sporting opportunities for disabled people to take part in sport in the local area. At just over a year old, Nova has worked with over 1000 people, set up 5 new disability sports clubs, an adult boccia league and delivered 68 hours of holiday provision for children with additional needs and their siblings!

    What are your goals & ambitions for Nova?

    Nova addresses a huge gap in provision of sport and physical activity for children and adults with physical and learning disabilities. 

    We hope to provide a comprehensive array of inclusive activities for people of all ages and for those with both physical and learning disabilities. We aim to directly address and act as strategic developers to overcome and drive positive social change in the sphere of disability sport.

    As current clubs become embedded in the community and self-sustainable, we hope Nova can address the next gap in provision and continue to grow disability sport and inclusive opportunities. 

    Describe the hardest challenge that you have had to overcome?

    The hardest challenge, as with most disability sports, was acquiring the initial equipment essential for playing. The specialist manual wheelchairs are expensive and a wide variety of sizes are needed for any new wheelchair based sports club.  

    Thankfully we were able to overcome this barrier with the support of another South West wheelchair basketball team. They had a mixture of second hand chairs available that they sold to Nova at a discounted price which was amazing. This initial purchase allowed us to run the taster sessions and prove the need and desire for the clubs. 

    What has been the greatest success of the project so far?

    An overwhelming issue we have encountered with our wheelchair sports projects has been the prevalence of mental health challenges.

    Due to this we've sought to approach these projects more holistically and provide more than just the sport and physical activity. For example, it is now a staple part of our wheelchair tennis club that there is a strong social element to the team, and that after our monthly sessions we always go to the local pub and take advantage of the opportunity of all being together.

    Who is the project intended for?

    Both clubs are open to young people and adults with physical disabilities. Most who attend will be wheelchair users however this is not a requirement. All of our clubs are also open to able-bodied people allowing for siblings, partners, family members and friends to also join in!

    What will you put your Boudavida donation towards?

    Our Boudavida donation will go towards the running of both the wheelchair tennis and wheelchair basketball clubs. This includes venue hire, coaching costs, maintenance of the wheelchairs, kit for the teams and even outreach sessions to promote the sports. 

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  • Wasps Ladies

    • name: Wasps Ladies
    • sport: Rugby
    • town/area: Acton
    • who is it for? Women & girls

    Tell us a little bit about Wasps Ladies. 

    Wasps Ladies is part of Wasps FC which was established in 1867 and one of the the first women's teams in England. The team is currently in its 34th season. We have over 60 active players in our senior squad as well as an U18's Center of Excellence developing future talent.

    Who is the club run by?

    The players and members executive committee run the club and we are all volunteers. We have a fantastic executive committee who run the club overall, all made up of current or retired players who safeguard the history and legacy of the Wasps FC brand.

    What are the goals & ambitions for the club?

    Our main goals are to continue to grow the women's game at elite level whilst developing all players and inspiring the future generation. The ultimate goal of winning the Tyrrells Premier 15's.

    What will you put your Boudavida donation towards?

    We'll be using our Boudavida donation to fund medical supplies and much needed new equipment for the players and coaching staff to increase the standard of training.

    What has been the greatest success of the club so far?

    In the history of the section Wasps Ladies have produced over 100 internationals, won numerous Premiership and Cup titles. More recently we gained a place in the newly formed Tyrrells Premier 15s reaching the first semi-finals last season and finishing third place overall!

    Follow the progress of the Wasps Ladies on Twitter and support them when you buy Boudavida.

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  • Hannah the Runner

    • name: Hannah The Runner
    • sport: Running
    • town/area: Bath
    • who is it for? Women and girls who don't fit into a standard running group mould.

    Tell us about what Hannah the Runner does. 

    We offer running coaching, groups and courses in Bath, UK with a team of 8 coaches all of whom have England Athletics qualifications.

    What are your goals & ambitions for the project? 

    Our goals are to enable teenage girls to try running and hopefully to find a love of it, in a non-competitive way where the emphasis is on participation and peer support not pace, times or competition.

    How will you use our donation to promote women's sport?

    We plan to set up a pilot couch to 5k beginners course with girls at a local secondary school who do not enjoy PE lessons and are not involved in sport outside school. We will coach an eight or nine week course during their normal PE lessons to take them from non-runners to running 5 kilometres non-stop.

    What has been your greatest success so far?

    We've coached around 240 people - mainly women - to start running since we began. For me that's a far greater success than all the people we've coached for half and full marathons because getting someone into running shows them that their body can do something really awesome.

    What has been the biggest challenge you have had to overcome?

    Personally - my own self-confidence, or lack of it. As a non-sporty person whose body still doesn't look like a stereotypical runner despite doing four marathons so far I sometimes struggle to think of myself as a runner never mind the founder of a running coaching business!

     

     

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    boudavida - hannah the runner

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