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This Girl Can

This Girl Can 19-25th November

Sports participation in the UK is suffering from a significant gender gap. Research carried out by Sport England reveals that by every measure, fewer women than men play sport regularly. Two million fewer 14- to 40-year-old women take part in sport when compared with men, despite the fact that 75% say they want to be more active. In 2015 Sport England started the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) “This Girl Can” campaign. This year the campaign week ran from 19th-25th November. As a result of the campaign, 1.6 million women have started exercising. Moreover, the number of women playing sport and being active is increasing faster than the number of men.

Between the 19th-25th November UoM Sport celebrated this national campaign. The week involved a full range of activities from women’s only street dance to a UV fitness event. Alongside sport there were a number of stalls across the University and even a This Girl Can themed pub quiz in the Students’ Union raising awareness. One extremely enjoyable and successful event from the week was a women’s only This Girl Can Touch Rugby tournament (as pictured). There were 37 girls present at the event, making up 6 Touch Rugby teams. All of the girls quickly understood the rules of the game and everyone got stuck in and really enjoyed the day.

As part of This Girl Can we celebrated those inspirational girls within the sports department, sharing photos and quotes from the 14 nominated girls across UoM Sport social media accounts. The nominated girls are a great asset to the sports department as part of the sports workforce, recreational sport and representative sport for the University of Manchester.

Sports Officer, Lizzie O’Connor “We are proud of all those girls who got involved with This Girl Can week, every little bit counts. You all helped to make the This Girl Can campaign a big success. There are a full range of activities for all abilities aimed at staff and students available at UoM Sport and we would love for as many girls to keep on getting involved.”

The This Girl Can campaign emphasised how, no matter your ability or busy schedule, there are activities to get involved in, whether this is through attending a sports class or just walking to work, it all counts.

The following video highlights the This Girl Can campaign

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