Get ready to wiggle, jiggle, move and prove that judgement is a barrier that can be overcome

Posted: Thu, 02 Apr 2015 10:24

Get ready to wiggle, jiggle, move and prove that judgement is a barrier that can be overcome

This Girl Can is a national campaign developed by Sport England and a wide range of partnership organisations. It's acelebration of active women up and down the country who are doing their thing no matter how well they do it, how they look or even how red their face gets.

Fear of judgement is stopping many of us from taking part in exercise. But as thousands of women up and down the country are proving, it really doesn't have to.

Sport England's CEO, Jennie Price, said: "Before we began this campaign, we looked very carefully at what women were saying about why they felt sport and exercise was not for them. Some of the issues, like time and cost, were familiar, but 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. Every single woman I have talked to about this campaign – and that is now hundreds – has identified with this, and it is that fear of not being 'good enough' in some way, and the fear that you are the only one who feels like that, that we want to address.

"In This Girl Can we want to tell the real story of women who exercise and play sport. They come in all shapes and sizes and all levels of ability. They have a myriad of reasons for doing what they do. If you are wondering if you should join them – or carry on – this campaign says it really doesn't matter if you are a bit rubbish or completely brilliant, the main thing is that you are a woman and you are doing something, and that deserves to be celebrated."

Whether you're a busy Mum, a working woman or still at school discover the huge range of opportunities on offer in Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland:

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One great way to get active is with the help of our Beginners Running Programme. Take on a new challenge, lose weight, be healthier and meet new people in one easy way, with Run England!

There are over 30 Run England beginner running groups across Leicester-Shire & Rutland, offering beginner friendly running sessions, led by qualified and insured Run Leaders. One of those is the Riverside School Gate Run, where busy Mums can drop their children at shcool before heading off to the local park for a leisurely jog and chat.

Whether you want to lose weight, train for an event, or simply enjoy exercising with friendly people whilst exploring your local area, our beginners running groups offer something for everyone.

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