This Girl Can Week: Review 2018

This Girl Can Week 2018

This Girl Can week finished recently, it’s a national campaign developed by Sport England, encouraging women of all abilities to get active. The sessions were focused on breaking down barriers, and keeping you happy and healthy.


What happened?

Over 600 women took part in the University’s This Girl Can Week. The week ran from the 19th – 23rd of November, accumulating 62585 minutes of activity, with the majority of them being from people who had never attended or tried the sport, activity or gym class before. From basketball to squash, Strictly dance class to free gym access; there was a way for everybody to get involved.  We encouraged women to try something new, promoting women getting active in ways that appealed to them.


Any highlights?

One highlight of the week was a talk by the Breast Health Research Group who work in the Department of Sport and Exercise Science. The session was incredibly insightful and provided some good tips and advice for what to look for when purchasing your next bra, check out this link for advice. You can also sign up to their newsletter with opportunities to get involved in testing and find out more about the great work they do.

A series of case studies were put together in the run up to This Girl Can Week. We showcased how some inspirational ladies started and maintained their love of sport and physical activity. You can still read these through our news section of the website. Lizzie Palmer, one of the case studies,  also starred in videos throughout the week. She documented herself trying a range of different sessions and how she felt about them. These short videos accumulated over 1200 views and were certainly upbeat and motivating. You can watch all of Lizzie’s video’s on our Youtube Channel.


Can I stay involved?

Just because the week is over doesn’t mean you can’t still get involved. Ladies, you can still use the hashtags #fithappens, #thisgirlcan and #UOPsport to continue sharing your experiences and accomplishments, be proud of what you are doing!

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



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