This week, Worcestershire females are encouraged to try something new and get active as the ‘Worcs Girls Can’ Campaign returns. . Running from 4-10thMarch, the campaign brings ‘This Girl Can’ to a local level and is designed to get women and girls moving, regardless of shape, size or ability.
Helping to champion the campaign and spread the message across Worcestershire are the 8 Worcs Girls Can Lead Schools: Bewdley School, Trinity High School, North Bromsgrove High School, Tudor Grange Academy Worcester, Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College, The De Montfort School, Bowbrook House School and The Chantry School.
As PE and sport are revolutionised for the week, students will have the opportunity to take part in non-traditional sports including, Clubbercise, Boxercise, Boogie Bounce, Zumba, Self-defence, Dance and Yoga.
According to the Chief Medical Officer, only 17.5 % of children/young people meet the activity levels. Research suggests that only 41 % of girls aged 12-14 feel happy during exercise and 28% do not exercise outside of their PE lessons. The ‘Here Girls Can’ campaign aims to challenge female’s perception of sport and physical activity, in-turn beginning to break down some of the barriers to physical activity and sport.
Of course, the campaign is not limited to school sport. The Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire is encouraging females across the county to unleash their inner beginners with the Peach Pass scheme. Free to download, the ‘Peach Pass’ enables women and girls to access a free sport or physical activity session in the local community between 4-10thMarch . This year, Sports Partnership Herefordshire &Worcestershire has teamed up with leisure providers, sport clubs and community organisations to collectively begin to break down the barriers to sport and physical activity that so many of our women and girls experience.
Josh Skinner, Project Manager for Children and Young People’s programmes at the Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire said, “We know that girls in particular experience a fear of being judged; whether that’s because they feel they’re not good enough or don’t have the right kit to wear; or it could be that they don’t wish to get sweaty in front of others or be laughed at.’
‘We want to break down these barriers for our young women and help them uncover what their motivations may be for taking part in sport and physical activity.’
‘The Worcs Girls Can campaign directly tackles the fear of judgement that, according to research, stops so many women and girls from taking part in physical activity. It also shows that you don’t have to be good at sport and exercise to benefit from all the positive feelings physical activity can bring.”
Local leisure providers, sports organisations and physical activity instructors are among those in support of the campaign. Through the ‘Peach Pass’ scheme, women and girls across Herefordshire will have the opportunity to participate in free sports/physical activity sessions within their local community; this may be anything from yoga to climbing. Peach Passes, along with a list of activities, will be available during the campaign week, meaning that females can take their sister, mum, aunt or friend along for free!
Peach Passes, granting free access to a range of community sessions, can be downloaded and activity timetables eligible for the scheme can be viewed online at: https://www.sportspartnershiphw.co.uk/worcs-girls-can-2019. For more information please contact Josh on [email protected].