Women’s fitness and sports groups urged to get involved with Bristol Girls Can: Mum and baby

21 May 2018

Public Health

Women’s fitness and sports groups urged to get involved with Bristol Girls Can

Organisers of women’s only fitness classes and sports sessions are being invited to promote their activities on the new Bristol Girls Can website to inspire and encourage women and girls to become active in Bristol.

Bristol Girls Can is funded by Sport England and Bristol City Council and is part of the national This Girl Can Campaign to inspire women to lead more active lives.

The new website launched late last year and includes a programme of women’s fitness classes and sport sessions across the city, as well as inspiring women’s sport stories and news on the campaign. It also includes a toolkit to help local organisations and clubs engage with more women and girls.

Asher Craig, Cabinet Member for Communities, Equality and Public Health, said: “We would like to hear from anyone involved in running women’s sports or activities, events or initiatives to come forward and join the Bristol Girls Can movement.

“We are committed to making our communities more inclusive and we want to showcase all the opportunities for women and girls to become more active in Bristol and lead healthier and happier lives with the social and health benefits exercise can bring.

“There are some great activities happening across the city and something for everyone to enjoy, from pre and post-natal fitness, to self-defence and confidence building, to boxing and skateboarding.

“By coming together, we can all help to encourage and inspire more women and girls across the city to get moving and take that first step towards a healthier lifestyle.”

Bristol Girls Can aims to tackle the gender gap that exists in the UK with an estimated 1.5 million fewer women than men currently taking part in regular sport or activity.

In Bristol there is estimated to be 100,000 inactive women and research suggests that 75 per cent of women would like to do more but fear of judgment is stopping them. This could be judgement of their appearance, their abilities or their priorities.

Local organisations are invited to submit activities to the Bristol Girls Can website by contacting Sport@bristol.gov.uk.

For more information visit www.bristolgirlscan.co.uk.