This Girl Can campaign - dance class

This Girl Can

This Girl Can is a national campaign to inspire women to wiggle, jiggle and move. It is funded by Sport England and The National Lottery. The campaign features real women being active in all their red-faced and sweaty glory. It’s bold, colourful and unapologetic.  

We drive local involvement in the campaign to help Hampshire and Isle of Wight women feel confident being active.

Tackling fear of judgement

Charlotte loved being active as a child. But when kids at school started pointing and laughing at her red face that all changed.

“As I became more aware of it, and more kids at school pointed it out and laughed, I felt more and more ashamed. I gradually stopped doing all the sports and activities that I loved because I was too embarrassed. It made me feel so miserable, but I just didn’t want anyone to see me.”

Opening up to a few close friends helped Charlotte return to what she loved. Now she’s sharing her story as part of This Girl Can Hampshire to help others find the confidence to overcome their fears.

Charlotte catching her breath after a run

Being active however you choose

This Girl Can celebrates women of all shapes, sizes, abilities and backgrounds being active in their own unique ways.

It doesn’t matter what you look like or how sporty you are. Nobody gets to say how you move your body but you. And you can be active however you choose. If it gets your heart rate up, it counts.

Hop over to our Getting Active pages for inspiration.

Meet the Hampshire girls


Meet Sindhu, a mum & IT tech who's learnt to ride a bike at 40.

Debbie being active with multiple health conditions


Meet Debbie, a sea swimmer with multiple health conditions.


Meet Patricya, a student who found her place in basketball.

Nat This Girl Can Hampshire Champion


Meet Nat, Basingstoke's Novice Strongwoman.


Meet Jasmine, who using dance to support her mental health.

Octavia proudly standing with no wig on. Showing she is bald from her Alopecia


Meet Octavia, who overcame insecurities by being active.

Miranda Marathon


Meet Miranda, a mum who is more active than ever at 50.

Kosiwa out on a walk


Meet Kosiwa, an occupational therapist who loves the gym.

Sophie running with headphones in


Meet Sophie, a Couch to 5k graduate who loves Wotsits and wine.

Get involved

If you would like to get involved, chat to Sara or come along to one of our Hampshire network events. The network connects people who are passionate about supporting women to move more. But we’d love local women who want to be active to join us too.

We’re always on the lookout for local stories. If you’re a Hampshire or Isle of Wight woman with an active story to tell, please share it with us. It doesn’t need to be extraordinary; the more real and relatable the better.

This Girl Can Hampshire Projects

This Girl Can Hampshire Network

teenage girls in physical activity class

This Girl Can Hampshire Secondary School Champions

National lottery and sport england logo

THIS GIRL CAN is a national campaign to encourage more women and girls to get active. The campaign is funded by Sport England and the National Lottery.

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