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UWS Sirens teams up with NSPCC Scotland as Official Charity Partner

14th February 2018

Children across Scotland are set to share the benefits of a new partnership between UWS Sirens and NSPCC Scotland.

The leading child protection charity has teamed up with the nation’s only semi-professional women’s sports team with the shared aim of promoting child safety and health and wellbeing.

Working alongside the NSPCC’s anti-abuse ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’ schools project, the new partnership will see the UWS Sirens promote the charity’s message while also encouraging young girls to get involved in sport.

The pair joined forces after the NSPCC launched a successful TV campaign in late 2017 in which a nervous young netball player finds the courage to speak out to her coach about something which is obviously weighing heavily on her mind.

UWS Sirens players will now proudly display the NSPCC Scotland logo on their official team dresses for the new season, starting 10th February against Loughborough Lightning, while fans can also choose to donate to the charity when purchasing tickets online or attending games.

Since its launch in Scotland in 2012, the NSPCC’s schools service has conducted more than 3,430 primary school visits and spoken to over 237,150 pupils to give children information on how to stay safe from abuse and who to approach if they need help.

The charity aims to reach every single primary school in Scotland and the UK with the service over the coming years.

Service manager for Scotland Alan Stewart said the partnership with the UWS Sirens was a great opportunity for both organisations to spread a shared positive message to children across the nation.

“This new partnership with the UWS Sirens gives us a chance to speak directly to a specific element of Scotland’s youth and help spread our message through sport and education,” he said.

“We work with every local authority across the country and have spoken to more than 100,000 children since April last year alone through our interactive assemblies and workshops.

“To have the backing of the UWS Sirens and their players with this project only enhances the positive message we are putting out there and we are happy to have them on board.”

The UWS Sirens burst onto the scene early last year with a sell-out live Sky Sports televised launch, and have been blazing a trail for women’s sport ever since. Competing in the UK wide Vitality Netball Superleague (VNSL), the team is owned by Netball Scotland and was co-founded by the University of the West of Scotland (UWS).

Made up of Scottish, English and Jamaican Internationalists, and playing their home games at the £113m Emirates Arena in Glasgow, the UWS Sirens are about to embark on their second season in the VNSL and have even bigger ambitions.

Committed to #ChangingTheGame for female sport in Scotland, the UWS Sirens have been vocal advocates for good causes, and last year launched the hugely powerful Sirens For Success programme which aims to educate, empower and engage those young girls who need support the most.

Netball Scotland CEO, Claire Nelson, said: “The UWS Sirens are so much more than just a netball team in a league.

“This team represents a powerful movement in Scotland where we want to use our athletes and platform to drive meaningful change for women’s sport, to inspire the next generation to be confident enough to follow their passion and use their voices, and to be ambassadors for important causes and campaigns.

“Working with NSPCC Scotland is a privilege and a responsibility that we will take very seriously.”

As part of the partnership with NSPCC Scotland, UWS Sirens stars will also join the charity at school assemblies across Scotland to promote the work of Speak Out Stay Safe, while also encouraging and empowering young girls to take part in sport.

UWS Sirens athlete, Vanessa Walker, added: “Being a Siren gives us an incredible platform to use our voices and if we can encourage the country’s children to speak out if they are being abused, or they are concerned about a friend or family member being abused, then we are truly using our positions as athletes for good.

“We are all proud to be partnering with such an amazing charity.”

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