This Girl Can
This Girl Can
Get back to it, clear your mind, put your game face on. This Girl Can is a celebration of every woman in every sport who just wants to be active and come away feeling on top of the world – the sweatier the better.
Developed by Sport England, This Girl Can is an inclusive initiative that encourages women at every level to embrace sport and activity without shame. It’s something we’re proud to support it because we want to make sport accessible to as many people as possible, whoever they are, and whatever their goal is.
If you’re one of our partner organisations, there are lots of super resources and materials to help get the campaign out and about in your area – if you haven’t already, you can register here.
Inspiration on your doorstep
If you’re looking for somewhere to start, you won’t have to go far. We’ve got lots of fantastic groups across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight who are championing women to feel empowered and get involved in sport without judgement, without fear, after coping with illness and injury or after becoming a mum for the first time.
The Rookie Runners course at Alton Runners Club embodies the supportive nature of This Girl Can.
From women wanting to take part in sport without judgement or fear, to women coping with illness and injury or those who have become a mum for the first time. Their stories show how one beginner’s course not only helped their emotional, mental and physical wellbeing but gave them the confidence to keep moving forward.
If you’ve got a story or just want to shout about your activity then we’d love to hear from you – get in touch with us.
Get up and go
Across the county there so many different sports and activities to get involved in – everything from channelling your inner superhero at female-only kickboxing sessions to ‘breezing’ through social and fun bike rides.
This Girl Can’s new campaign #FitGotReal aims to appeal to an even wider range of women to tackle the inequalities in levels of exercise between different social groups of women. The latest Active Lives Adult Survey highlights these imbalances, with women in lower paid, routine jobs almost twice as likely to be inactive (doing less than 30 minutes of exercise a week).
The survey also showed significant differences in activity levels amongst women of different ethnicity, with women of a South Asian background (36%) and black women (29.4%) more likely to be inactive than white British women (25.3%). Sport England insight shows that reasons for this difference could be down to a mix of practical and emotional pressures. The research also highlights that many of these pressures come from the way the media often portray exercise as being for women who have the money to afford gym memberships, expensive sports clothes or plenty of free time.
The campaign is looking to inspire and motivate women with its new Fit Got Real film by showing real women of different ages and ethnicities doing exercise their own way.
You’ll find lots of links to some of those groups in the links section on the left.