Bring out the war paint and scrunchies! This week (running from the 5 to 11 February) The University of Reading is launching their #thisgirlcan week in support of the national campaign helping to encourage women to try something new in sports.
This Girl Can is a national campaign that your RUSU Activities Officer, Charlotte O’Leary, is bringing to campus to celebrate women in sports. The national campaign was developed by Sport England and a wide range of partnership organisations. It’s a celebration of active women up and down the country who are doing their thing no matter how well they do it, how they look whilst doing it.
Funded by The National Lottery and developed by Sport England, the aim is to help women overcome the fear of judgement that is stopping too many women and girls from joining in sporting activities. Sport England CEO Jennie Price states that before starting the This Girl Can Campaign that they “looked very carefully at what women were saying about why they felt sport and exercise was not for them….. One of the strongest themes was a fear of judgement. Worries about being judged for being the wrong size, not fit enough and not skilled enough came up time and again.”
Sports should be a place where women can come together and be celebrated, not based on their physical features, but upon their strengths as an athlete, offering a space to shake off the stresses of academia and worries where you can be passionate about taking part in something you always wanted to try and make new found friendships along the way.
Throughout the course of the week many societies on campus will be holding taster sessions for you to try, from mixed hockey to self-defence classes. There is something for everyone, so get involved in this brilliant campaign!