This Girl Can… And They Did!

On Monday 9 March, Sport and Physical Activity hosted a series of free taster sessions: netball, badminton, indoor climbing and a wellbeing walk for all students and staff who identify as female.

80 students and staff came together to take part in the free sessions, which were organised to raise awareness of the This Girl Can campaign and to celebrate International Women’s Day.

This Girl Can – a National Lottery-funded campaign encouraging women to get involved with sport and physical activity – has relaunched with an inspiring advert.

Since its inception in 2015, the campaign has inspired 3.5 million women to get active. But there is still a long way to go, with 40% of women aged 16 and over insufficiently active, compared with 35% of men (Active Lives, 2018).

The event day on March 9 began with a guided wellbeing walk at lunchtime. Participants met outside LUU and enjoyed a bout of fresh air in Woodhouse Moor.

Meanwhile, students and staff learned about the basics of climbing and scaled the indoor climbing wall at The Edge. If you missed out on the chance to sign up for a climbing taster session, do not fear! Book a free 30 minute taster session through Edge reception.

Many participants relived their schools days in the sports hall playing badminton and netball. The badminton and netball sessions included partner work, drills such as around the world and some game time.

All participants were encouraged to provide some feedback. One participant said:

It was a great experience with a positive and friendly atmosphere!

TGC badminton

Kate Petty, one of the This Girl Can organisers, said:

It was brilliant to see so many students and staff from all across the university engaging in the activities, and for many, trying something new. We’ve gathered some useful feedback from this event that has given us an insight into what activities women across campus would like to see in the future. We shall use this feedback to inform future events and initiatives.

We plan to continue to raise awareness of the This Girl Can campaign and encourage more women in our university to engage in sport and physical activity. A women in sport working group will be established to help us identify and host future events. Further information about this will follow in due course.

Thank you to everyone who came along to the first event day, we hope you enjoyed it. Keep your eyes peeled for future This Girl Can activities!