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Yes you can! This Girl Can in Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 10:00 28 February 2016 | UPDATED: 13:27 02 March 2016

The government's This Girl Can campaign aims to boost confidence so women of all shapes and sizes can become more physically active

The government's This Girl Can campaign aims to boost confidence so women of all shapes and sizes can become more physically active

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This Girl Can is a national initiative to encourage women and girls to take up excercise and sport without fear of judgement. Jane Parker, sports project officer for women and girls at Herts Sports Partnership, outlines the project and the wide range of activities on offer in Herts

Activities can boost community spirit and forge new friendships as well as improving healthActivities can boost community spirit and forge new friendships as well as improving health

Last year, Sport England launched This Girl Can, a nationwide campaign to get women and girls moving regardless of their shape, size and ability. You’ve probably seen advertisements on TV or online or posters at bus shelters and railway stations.

Sport England research revealed a huge difference in the number of men and women regularly playing sport and being physically active in the country – two million fewer women. And it’s not because females don’t want to get active. Millions of women and girls are afraid to exercise because of barriers such as fear of judgement but the research showed that 75 per cent of women would like to do more. It also identified some of the motivations that could get more women more active.

All around the country, organisations involved in sport and physical activity have been inspired by the campaign. In Hertfordshire, Herts Sports Partnership responded by creating This Girl Can in Herts to promote and develop opportunities for women and girls to get more active and try something new.

This Girl Can boot campThis Girl Can boot camp

There’s so much going on that there is no excuse not to get active. Here are just a few ideas to get you motivated in 2016:

Moving Mums – free activity sessions which take place at the school gates. In these social fitness classes, mums can walk, jog or run. There are 20 schools taking part so far in six districts with more being added all the time. Search Facebook for ‘Moving Mums Herts’.

The This Girl Can advertising campaign is gutsy and tongue-in-cheekThe This Girl Can advertising campaign is gutsy and tongue-in-cheek

We Move, She Moves – a project offering activities for women and girls in Hertsmere, with more than 40 local sessions each week from boxercise to yoga, running to rollerskating. wemoveshemoves.com

Be You – a published guide to female friendly sport and activity in Broxbourne, which raises awareness of sports opportunities in the area and works with local sports clubs to offer female-only classes. facebook.com/BroxbourneBeYou

Watford Get Active – dedicated sessions for women and girls in central Watford including badminton and skateboarding, plus free and reduced-cost gym memberships. watfordgetactive.co.uk

Get Set Go Dacorum – a programme to help residents get active and healthy, offering activities such as youth boxing, family cycling and dance classes for a reduced cost. getsetgodacorum.co.uk

St Albans – sports sessions for women and girls across the district. activestalbans.com has details of several clubs and activities.

Bedwell Gets Active – localised activities for people in this Stevenage area, including ‘mums and teens’ classes and family-fitness projects. sportsinherts.org.uk

Forever Active – sport and leisure activities for older adults in East Herts, from walking football to pilates.

Go Girl – after-school sports activity for girls aged 4-11 in Stevenage. There are 10 participating schools, and girls can try everything from hula-hooping and cheerleading to rugby and golf. Email kirstywilliams@stevenagesportingfutures.co.uk for information.

Herts Disability Sports Hub – sports activities centrally located in Welwyn Hatfield from archery and trampolining to canoeing and curling. hertsdisabilitysportshub.com

Get Active North Herts – project launching in the spring with activity sessions for women across the district and health and fitness MOTs. north-herts.gov.uk

Three Rivers – sports sessions for women and girls across the district including badminton and Nordic walking. Search Facebook for ‘Get Active in Three Rivers’

SO ACTIVE Stevenage – project working in partnership with local sports clubs to offer activities including taster sessions in netball and outdoor gym sessions. Follow @SoActiveStev on Twitter.

Simply Amazing UK – new programme of sport and activity for young people aged 14-25 in Welwyn and Hatfield.

And if you still need inspiration, check out your local leisure centres, community venues and sports clubs for female-friendly promotions and sessions. Make time for yourself in 2016 to get active and stay healthy.

To find out more about This Girl Can in Herts initiatives, contact Jane Parker at j.parker20@herts.ac.uk or call 01707 283249.

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