This Girl Can returns to schools

This Girl Can returns to schools

Posted: Mon, 23 Mar 2020 16:22

This Girl Can returns to schools

This March, females across the county have been encouraged to unleash their inner beginner as the 'This Girl Can' campaign returned to Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Helping to champion the campaign and spread the message across Herefordshire and Worcestershire were a mixture of high and secondary schools in receipt of funding from Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire: Aylestone School, Kingstone Academy, John Kyrle High School, Whitecross School, St Mary's RC High School, Wolverley High School, Trinity High School, South Bromsgrove High School, Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College, Nunnery Wood High School, Tudor Grange Academy Worcester, Bishop Perowne C of E College & Prince Henry's High School.

Funding was used to transform PE and extra-curricular delivery through 'This Girl Can', a campaign to get women and girls moving, regardless of their shape, size or ability. As PE and sport were revolutionised for the week, students had the opportunity to take part in non-traditional sports including rock-climbing, golf, clubbercise, roller disco, rugby 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. This Girl Can 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.

Huw Griffiths, Project Manager (Children and Young People) at 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."

"This Girl Can 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."

The campaign is not limited to school sport. New for 2020, Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire will be working with health care providers, as well as pre and post-natal groups to support new mothers to increase their confidence to become more active.

If you have a story around how physical activity or sport has supported to you to create a positive change to your lifestyle or helped you through a challenging situation, we would love to hear from you:

To find out more about Herefordshire and Worcestershire's This Girl Can campaign, please visit: Alternatively, you can contact Huw Griffiths on 01905 542033 or email

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