The Herts Sports Partnership team was delighted to welcome around 50 guests to the recent launch of the local support for Sport England’s This Girl Can 2017 campaign. Hosted in partnership with the Hertfordshire Mavericks at the first match of their season on Friday (they beat Team Northumbria 53 - 48), the campaign got off to a fantastic start with lots of support from all present.
Building on the success so far in helping to get women and girls more active, whatever their shape, size and ability, this is the third year of the promotion. The focus of the initiative is to help women and girls to overcome the fear of judgement that is stopping too many from joining in and helping to build the confidence, resilience and sense of belonging that sport can bring.
Two inspirational ladies brought the programme to life, sharing their stories with passion and humour. Hannah is an Activator on the Active Students project at the University of Hertfordshire. Her role is to encourage students to participate in sport using easy to access, informal, non-competitive and non-judgemental sessions. She highlighted her own confidence and increased activity and fitness levels, and Olympic weight lifting as particular success in attracting women to a traditionally male sport.
Nicola then talked about her passion for helping ladies to run. As a leader on the Moving Mums school gate project, she loves seeing women evolve from nervous beginners to running events such as London’s Winter Run 10k event recently. She experiences at first hand the benefits that improved health and fitness, together with the social side and sense of belonging, that running can bring.
Finally, representing Hertfordshire Maverick’s, Paul Clarke summed up the links between grass roots and elite sport, the importance of mums becoming role models for their daughters, and the inspiration of This Girl Can.
Guests then watched the very competitive Hertfordshire Mavericks Vs Team Northumbria match and enjoyed a demonstration of walking netball by members of Hatfield Netball Club during half time. A fun and fast paced sport - great for those returning to netball to try.
The new Sport England advertisement will broadcast from Friday and a number of local projects will start over the next few weeks. The main Hertfordshire focus is on This Girl Can in Herts Week 2017; from Saturday 3rd to Sunday 11th June.
This will aim to encourage around 5,000 women and girls to try something new through an imaginative, friendly and welcoming Hertfordshire-wide activity programme. Clubs, facilities, organisations and groups interested in putting on activity sessions and events during this week, please contact Lucy Carey by email at email@example.com
If you want to find out more or take part, keep a look out for #TGCinHerts or head to the Herts Sports Partnership website: www.sportinherts.org