Right To Play Women's Network's well-being event was held on 16 March 2017 at our partner - Microsoft's offices in Paddington, London. Over one hundred guests gathered to discuss the theme of well-being, to network and to learn more about Right To Play's programmes which educate and empower children in some of the most deprived communities in the world.

During an insightful panel discussion, Right To Play Athlete Ambassador, Crista Cullen, shared her inspiring story about what it took to win a gold medal in field hockey at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. She also spoke entertainingly about the key role her coach played in her journey to sporting greatness, which resonates with Right To Play who use volunteer coaches to deliver their life-changing programmes. One Right To Play volunteer coach can have a lasting impact on the lives of hundreds, if not thousands of children.

Crista was joined on stage by Right To Play UK's National Director, Nikki Skipper, and Human Resources Director at Microsoft UK, Theresa McHenry. The panel was chaired by BBC broadcaster, Clare McDonnell, who engaged both the audience and the speakers to talk about what well-being means to them – responses from the panel ranged from well-being being associated with mental fitness, physical condition and nutrition and healthy living.

Crista Cullen: "It's staggering to think that over 63 million girls worldwide are missing out on school. It makes me even more proud to be an Ambassador for Right To Play. I know from my own experience as an athlete, how important it is to have a role model to inspire and encourage you along the way - and the role of Right To Play's volunteer coaches is just that. They pass on key life skills to children in their sport and play sessions, and help them believe in their own futures."

Nikki Skipper: "Right To Play takes a holistic approach to the well-being of the children in our programmes. Through participation, girls build key life skills such as confidence, resilience, leadership, teamwork and critical thinking. Our Women's Network champions change for girls and believes that every child, regardless of gender, deserves an equal opportunity to learn."

The well-being themed event concluded with a networking reception.

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