Us Girls campaign starting to happen
Us Girls projects from across the country are signing up to support the #GirlsTimeToMakeItHappen campaign, which aims to create more opportunities for young women to take part in sport at a local level.
With support of Us Girls, Hull City Council is helping Rockford Rangers Football Club to develop female-only football sessions. These sessions have already proved a great success and have led to the development of a new ladies team which has been entered into the East Riding County Women’s Football League. England international footballer Sue Smith attended one of the sessions to help inspire and encourage the young women to continue to be active.
Other projects to have signed up include the Active for Life programme at Brighton and Hove City Council, which runs a number of Girls Get Active sessions across the city in leisure centres and community halls. The girls can have a go at different activities, from Zumba to spinning. The programme is also looking to run a women's ‘get back into sport’ session, focusing on traditional sports such as netball, rounders and badminton.
Crown Woods School, Eltham, Greenwich is planning to start a girls walk/run club with the aim of completing a 5k event in early 2013. It has earmarked a local Race for Life and will encourage girls who do not consider themselves sporty, but will also welcome those that are more active. The emphasis will be on sport as a means to a healthier, more active life and will include 'what to eat to fuel our training' sessions at the start of every meeting. Additionally, there will be yoga and relaxation technique classes and advice on how to warm up and cool down.
Other projects which have signed up to support the campaign include North Manchester Neighbourhood Regeneration Team at Manchester City Council, Complete Kidz, Active Women Hyndburn Leisure and Nuneaton & Bedworth Leisure Trust.