SASP supports This Girl Can Week to inspire women in Somerset to return to activity after lockdown

SASP supports This Girl Can Week to inspire women in Somerset to return to activity after lockdown

Posted: Tue, 08 Jun 2021 15:09

SASP supports This Girl Can Week to inspire women in Somerset to return to activity after lockdown
  • Taking place from 12th-19th June, the first-ever This Girl Can Week celebrates how exercise can make women feel happier, stronger and free
  • After a year in which many women have felt unable to put their own needs first, TGC Week is encouraging women across the country to take time to 'choose you'

After a year of disruption and women's activity levels decreasing, the This Girl Can campaign is encouraging all women to take time out to get active with a dedicated 'This Girl Can Week' from 12th-19th June.

The week comes following Sport England's research which shows that women have particularly struggled to maintain their activity habits during the coronavirus pandemic. Further data shows that women are less likely to return to activity than men, with the most prevalent barriers including not feeling fit enough, childcare responsibilities and worries about COVID-19.

With the message of 'it's time to choose you' in mind, the week is about putting the spotlight on women and exercise, celebrating how getting active can make women feel happier, stronger, and free. Whether they choose to do a brisk walk, a slow run, a trip to the pool or dance round the living room with friends – it all counts.

Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) will be supporting the week, encouraging women in Somerset to 'choose you' and get active in a way that works for them for the benefit of their wellbeing. SASP have several activities going on throughout the week dedicated to women and girls and will also be promoting the amazing opportunities going on around the County, aswell as hearing from This Girl Can Somerset Ambassadors. Find out more here.

With the message of 'it's time to choose you' in mind, the week is about putting the spotlight on women and exercise, celebrating how getting active can make women feel happier, stronger, and free. Whether they choose to do a brisk walk, a slow run, a trip to the pool or dance round the living room with friends – it all counts.

This Girl Can will be sharing stories on social media, suggesting activities, and stimulating discussions throughout the week, helping to support women to get involved in physical activity at their own pace, regardless of fitness levels or ability.

Kate Dale, This Girl Can Campaign Lead, said:

"We know that the last year has been especially difficult for women when it comes to doing something for themselves, particularly when it comes to getting physically active.

"The work we do through This Girl Can aims to frame exercise in a way that highlights each and every benefit we can all get from moving more, like feeling healthier, better mental and emotional health, flexibility, building strength and – most importantly – having fun.

Through our first-ever This Girl Can Week, we want to help inspire and encourage women to become more active while showcasing the many fantastic ways they can do so. No matter your shape, size or ability, now is the time to choose you and celebrate moving your body in whatever way makes you feel good."

Inspiring local case study Luisa Skinner, Minehead, is available to discuss their personal experience keeping active during the pandemic, and what the 'This Girl Can Week' means to them:

Luisa Skinner, This Girl Can Somerset Ambassador, said:

"To me, TGC Week is a timely reminder to check-in with ourselves as women, how we're adapting our physical activity as we move out of lockdown, recognising what bits of our daily routine we want to keep, and actually if there are any ways of working-out and keeping healthy that we are better off allowing to fall away, as a result of having more time to think.

I'm a strong advocate for self-care - not meaning bubble baths and having my nails done - but taking a moment each day to find something to be grateful for, something that I can be proud of, and noticing how I want to grow and progress to truly live a happy life. There's some real power in self-reflection for us as women."

Visit the This Girl Can website to find out more about the week and how you can support the campaign #ThisGirlCan: www.thisgirlcan.co.uk or visit the SASP website to hear from the Somerset this Girl Can Ambassadors: www.sasp.co.uk/this-girl-can

Tags: Featured, Girls, This Girl Can, Women

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  • Sport England
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    Somerset Business Award Winner
    Somerset Chamber of Commerce
    CPSU
    Disability Confident
  • Somerset Skills & Learning
    Youth Sport Trust
    activity alliance
    pluss
    Sedgemoor District Council
    Avon & Somerset Police
  • South Somerset District Council
    Somerset Partnership
    Yeovil Hospital Healthcare
    Taunton & West Somerset Council
    Mendip District Council
    Homes in Sedgemoor
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
    Spark Somerset
    YMCA Dulverton Group
    Department for Work & Pensions
    EDF
    Somerset CCG
  • SAPHTO
    together team
    Somerset Cricket Board
    British American Football Association
    Badminton England
    Somerset FA
  • British Cycling
    Create Development
    Children in Need
    The Salvation Army
    Somerset County Council
    Lifeline
  • Channel Adventure
    Somerset Community Foundation
    Nova Sports & Coaching
    Zing Somerset
    Sports Coach UK