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04 December 2018

Finnish Federation receive prestigious Piikkarit Award

The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture today awarded SAJL with its Piikkarit Award. The Award, which includes a sum of 3,000 Euros, was for equality work in the field of sports. The Award was presented to SAJL by Minister for European Affairs, Culture and Sport, Mr Sampo Terho.
SAJL received the award for its role in the Nordic Girls’ Camp project activating 12-20 year old girls to join American football through camps. In 2018 there were 80 participants in first two camps and a predominantly female staff.
In conferring the Award, it was noted that “the project is very relevant and impressive in traditionally masculine American football context”. In other words, project has great impact in growing girl and female participation in American football and developing it. Added value to the project comes from its transnational aspect; camps are organized jointly with Danish, Norwegian and Swedish federations.

SAJL President Mr. Roope Noronen: ”I am proud that SAJL has been recognized for its work towards gender equality and would like to thank everyone involved with the Nordic Girls Camps both within our federation and also within our Scandinavian partner federations. In our strategy ethics and governance are key areas from where we develop our sport and it is through hard work of the individuals in charge of this project that make it possible.”

Background
The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture has awarded Piikkarit-award for work in equality and diversity in sports since 1995. The Award is based on working group report named Piikkareilla – nopeammin, korkeammalle ja tasa-arvoisemmin (with Spikes – faster, higher and more equally).
Awards have since been given to recognize projects, entities, events or private persons for their gender equality work.

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The Minister for European Affairs, Culture and Sport, Mr Sampo Terho together with Nordic Girls’ camper Ms Nana Olavuo (middle) and SAJL Board member and head of Nordic Girls Camp project Ms Alexandra Naumanen (right) at the award ceremony 

Main Image c/o Anu Tiilikainen/Hilarious Hobbit.

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