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Women and Girls

Active Notts supports Sport England's This Girl Can campaign:

In Mansfield and Worksop, we have been working with partners on the creation of a local This Girl Can. This Girl Can Mansfield and This Girl Can Worksop, have both been established to help connect the local supply of physical activity with those that need our help the most.

We are also working with Nottingham City Council on their Nottingham Girls Can campaign.

Tackling barriers head on

This Girl Can is a celebration of active women who are doing their thing no matter how well they do it, how they look or even how red their face gets.

Funded by The National Lottery and developed by Sport England, it is designed to help women overcome the fear of judgement that is stopping them from joining in.

Phase three of the This Girl Can Campaign launched under the hashtag #FitGotReal, and you can read more about it in the PDF below.

Overcoming a fear of judgement

Women of all shapes, sizes and abilities

It seeks to tell the real story of women who are active and play sport across Derbyshire and the rest of the country by using images positive images and stories that show 'This Girl Can'.

"Sweating like a pig, feeling like a fox" and "I kick balls, deal with it" are among the hard-hitting lines used to prompt a change in attitudes and help boost women's confidence.

For more information on the national campaign, click here.

Women and Girls in sport practical guide

Sport England have created a fantastic guide called 'Helping women and girls to get active: a practical guide', the guide will help you get more women and girls in your area active - even if you're not directly involved in the sport or leisure sector.

It provides hints, tips, suggestions and answers to your questions about how to attract more women and girls to your sessions.

Women and Girls in sport insight

Women in Sport and Sport England have produced some insightful research on women and girls participation in sport and activity to help people providing activity engage effectively:


Women in Sport have a vision is to transform sport for the benefit of every woman and girl in the UK by working with organisations within Education, Sports and the CSP network.

Sport England recognise the importance of getting more women and girls active and are working hard to persuade more to adopt lifelong sporting habits.

National Governing Bodies (NGBs) have their own initiatives to get more women playing sport and offer support and resources. For example, British Cycling co-ordinates the Breeze programme that aims to get more women into riding bikes for fun.

Local This Girl Can Initiatives