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This Girl Can week: 19-25 November

This Girl Can is a national campaign developed by Sport England, encouraging women of all abilities to get active. Starting Monday we have loads of ways for you to get involved. Partnering with UPSU for the week, we have a great range of opportunities available. From free gym sessions to sport sessions to trying your hand at a ‘Strictly’ style dancing, there is something for everyone. The sessions are more focused on breaking down barriers, keeping you happy and healthy rather than your ability, so give it a go.

There’s no judgement, so forget about your face getting red, remembering the steps and just get involved! Because after all #fithappens.

What’s Happening?

Want to get back into netball? Always wanted to give squash ago? Now is your chance. Sports sessions available include football, dodgeball, handball and touch rugby as well as many more. St Paul’s Gym is holding Female Weight Workshops to build your confidence and technique with help from our qualified instructors. All sessions are welcoming to beginners, friendly and supportive while also being challenging to those used to exercise. All sessions are free for students and staff, although we are championing and empowering women, some sessions will be mixed, so join in anyway.

We also have a talk arranged from the Breast Health Research group within the Department of Sport and Exercise Science. They’ll be talking about why a good sports bra is so important to those exercising. This is the first time we’ve run an event of this kind, so ensure you book a place to save your spot. The Research Group in Breast Health is internationally renowned for research on the biomechanics of the breast. The group are responsible for over half of the scientific publications in this area and regularly present work nationally and internationally. The Research Group is well known with millions of media mentions worldwide and commercial collaborations with many of the major lingerie, sports bra and sporting apparel manufacturers around the world. The Research Group aims to increase scientific knowledge of breast health, and to raise awareness of this important aspect of women’s health.

The talk is happening in Spinnaker Sports Centre on Tuesday 20 November, 12:30pm-1:30pm. Booking: Bra Science: Can your sports bra affect your performance?

For all sessions available use the links below or check on the Sport and Recreation app – UOP Sport.
Sport and Recreation This Girl Can sessions
UPSU This Girl Can sessions

How do I get Involved?

Decided which sessions you want to give a go? Just book through St Paul’s or Spinnaker Sports Centre receptions or through the Sport and Recreation UOP sport app.

If it’s the free gym sessions that appeal then just head down to St Paul’s Gym between 7:00am – 9:00am every weekday of This Girl Can week, no need to book. You will need to complete a user form and we’ll just make sure you’re happy using the gym.

Visit our webpage to find out more about what’s happening sportportsmouth.co.uk/thisgrlcan.

How can I follow the Week?

To keep up to date with the week and our events, follow UOP Sport and Recreation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or the hashtags #fithappens #thisgirlcan and #uopsport. Follow Lizzie, a student here, on her journey before and after each session, to get some idea on how to break down your own barriers.

To find out more about This Girl Can visit the website thisgirlcan.co.uk

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