A focus on This Girl Can in Herts on International Women’s Day last week aimed to continue to raise the profile of participation in sport and physical activity by women and girls. Despite the success of Sport England’s national This Girl Can campaign, there is still a significant gender imbalance in levels of participation.
Tapping into International Women’s Day, a worldwide event that celebrates women’s achievements while calling for gender equality, was a perfect fit. The day has been observed since the early 1900s and is now celebrated on 8th March each year. Not affiliated with any one group, the day brings together governments, women's organisations, corporations and charities.
The Herts Sports Partnership team used the day to reinforce the launch of the This Girl Can in Herts Week 2017 planned for 3rd to 11th June, calling for clubs, groups and organisations to get involved. Offering women and girl-friendly sessions, programme activities could include open days, special offers, events and have-a-go activities; anything that might encourage new participants to give something a go.
Following last year’s week which saw over 5,000 women and girls attending sessions (40% were new to that activity), and organised by more than 70 different organisations, the team want this year to be bigger and better! So if you'd like to get involved, get creative and contact HSP’s Women and Girls Project Officer, Lucy Carey firstname.lastname@example.org (pictured above) or visit www.sportinherts.org.uk