Goals4Girls swapped their football boots for racing suits as they witnessed history at the first female F1 motorsports finale. Partnering with London Youth and W Series, to provide the young women and girls on our programmes with a real insight into the world of motor racing.
Young G4G ambassador Aisatu Jabbi was exclusively invited to sit in W Series race driver Jessica Hawkin’s F1 car at the press day for the Series Finale at the historic Brands Hatch race circuit. At the press launch Aisatu described how “The experience was unforgettable, to sit in an F1 racing car, I am excited to see the world of women’s motorsports grow and I’m looking forward to supporting my girl Jessica on Sunday.”
Full VIP W Series Experience
On race day, along with Aisatu, 40 girls from the G4G programme and many other young women also from London Youth enjoyed a Full VIP W Series race experience at the exciting final race of the season. Not only did they have the privilege of watching the entire race from one of the best grandstands at the circuit, but they also had the special opportunity to meet the drivers, female engineers and technicians involved, as well as the likes of racing expert David Coulthard and legend Paul Stewart who interviewed the girls for BBC Sport. The girls were absolutely buzzing and were featured throughout the days’ live coverage on BBC Sport and Sky Sports F1.
The race itself was truly incredible, with 25 female athletes behind their racing wheels, all competing for glory.
The sixth round and season finale was won by Alice Powell. The British driver finished third in the overall standings with her compatriot Jamie Chadwick being named as champion – Special congratulations to Jamie on a simply terrific season.
Inspiring Young Women In Sport
With motorsport remaining heavily dominated by men, W Series seeks to not only encourage female drivers, but also to inspire girls and women with the prospects of engineering and science careers by promoting STEM subjects in schools, colleges and universities.
At Goals4Girls, our work provides young people with opportunities that they may not have otherwise had, and we would like to say a huge thank you to W Series and London Youth for partnering with us and providing all of the girls with such a treasured experience and life-changing opportunity. Many of our members would not even for a second have thought that motorsports could provide a career option for them.
W Series Completes Its Inaugural Race Season
Catherine Bond Muir, the CEO of W Series told how “After our first year at W Series I have not only worked with a great many talented and committed female drivers but I have also met huge numbers of passionate and female fans from across the country, and I will be working particularly hard on behalf of each and every one of them to make sure their voices are heard.”
Catherine has also very kindly invited Goals4Girls back to the W Series next year as the day was pact with vibrant energy and had such an impact on all involved.
The first season of W Series of course marks the beginning of a legacy, but also a key step towards its aim to fast-track women to the highest levels of professional motorsport.
Goals4Girls CEO Francesca brown says that “These are the platforms we need to ensure that visibility is at the forefront of young people aspiring. Breakthroughs like this show that through skill, determination, competitiveness and being brave, barriers can be broken, you don’t have to be invincible to jump into a racing car, you don’t have to have a super power to achieve your dreams and you certainly don’t necessarily have to be a man. In a male dominated sport this shows that women can also compete and that they can also compete on equal terms, given the same opportunity. It is amazing to see such talent and a group of women confident and owning their sport – with this ongoing opportunity we are sure to see a rise in female drivers and we are looking forward to supporting the W Series in 2020.”
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