Norfolk women encouraged to get more involved in sport through activity week

Active Norfolk is delighted to announce an exciting new week of activity called This Girl Can in Nor

Active Norfolk is delighted to announce an exciting new week of activity called This Girl Can in Norfolk. - Credit: Supplied

Women are being encouraged to get involved in more sport through an activity week this summer.

Active Norfolk launched This Girl Can in Norfolk this week in celebration of International Women's Day.

The week starts on July 4 across the county and will give women of all ages a chance to participate in more physical activity.

The event aims to make people feel more comfortable while exercising without fear of judgment.

GB shot putter Sophie McKinna, who comes from Great Yarmouth, said: 'I think the This Girl Can campaign is a fantastic idea to encourage women to get into sport.

'When women support other women it is more likely that they will stick to exercise as they feel they have something in common.

'It also creates a positive and enthusiastic environment to train in.

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'I'm really looking forward to seeing some of the great things local women in Norfolk will be able to achieve with the support of the campaign and going along to some of the activities that will take place.'

The event will provide a programme of activities across Norfolk specifically aimed at women who are wanting to become more physically active, or to try something new.

It is being supported by organisations across the county, which will each put on low cost or free activities throughout the week.

Norfolk County FA, the RSPB, Sportspark Norwich, England Golf and the British Equestrian Federation are all signed up to take part.

Ben Jones, director of Active Norfolk said: 'I'm really pleased that we have been able to galvanise such a wide variety of partners in pursuit of such an important cause.

'Getting more women and girls involved in sport and physical activity is important to us and I'm sure that everyone will back the campaign and take advantage of the great offers and opportunities available across the county.'

The event is linked to the success of Sport England's This Girl Can campaign.

During 2015, the campaign saw more than 148,000 women across the UK take part in more sport at least once a week.

A full timetable of activity will be published on the Active Norfolk website www.activenorfolk.org/thisgirlcan in May.

Are you launching a free activity scheme for people in Norwich? Call Luke Powell on 01603 772684.

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