28 Jan 2016

Leisure, Arts, Culture and Events

Bust a groove at the Bristol Girls Can Dance-A-Thon

Bristol women are being invited to get their groove on as part of an ongoing campaign to inspire more women to get out there and enjoy exercise.

Entries are open for the Bristol Girls Can Dance-A-Thon, which is in aid of Sport Relief and takes place at Hengrove Leisure Centre on Sunday 20 March.

With music from the 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, 10s, organisers are calling on Bristol’s grandmas, aunties, sisters, mums and daughters to step up to the challenge and dance through the decades for one, two or three hours.

All women, regardless of their age, ability, shape or size, are being invited to take part in the free event and help celebrate the Bristol Girls Can campaign.  

Supported by Bristol City Council and Sport England, the campaign is a celebration of active women who are doing their thing no matter how well they do it, how they look or how red their face goes.

Councillor Daniella Radice, Assistant Mayor for Neighbourhoods with responsibility for sport, said: “Bring your mum, daughter, aunty, grandma or friends and dance through the decades.  

“Whether you can dance or not, nobody will judge - it's all about doing something healthy with your friends and family while having fun.”
The event includes optional fancy dress.  Enter for free online at www.BristolGirlsCanDanceathon.Eventbrite.co.uk.

Notes to Editor:
• The event takes place at Hengrove Park Leisure Centre, Hengrove Promenade, Hengrove Park.

12.30pm onwards - sign in and professional photographs
2.15pm - registration closes
2.30pm - warm-up and sounds of the 70's
3pm - sounds of the 80's
3.30pm - sounds of the 90's
4pm - sounds of the 00's
4.30pm - sounds of the 10's
5pm - cool down and stretch

About Bristol Girls Can
• The Bristol Girls Can campaign launched on Friday 6 March and follows the success of Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign.
• According to Sport England statistics, around 38.3% of women in Bristol undertake 1x30mins activity per week, with more than 60% of women currently not taking part in any regular activity.
• The campaign is aimed at inspiring women to wiggle, jiggle and prove that judgement is a barrier which can be overcome.  The message is clear: Do your thing, don’t let anything stand in your way.

Key findings in the Sport England research include:
- There are about 191,648 women in Bristol aged 16+;                                   
- 38.3% (39,200) have some activity habit and undertake 1x30mins activity per week (therefore, 61.7% do not);
- 63,300 women do not have a regular activity habit.

• For more information about Bristol Girls Can visit the Bristol Girls Can Facebook page or https://www.bristol.gov.uk/museums-parks-sports-culture/bristol-girls-can.