Free ‘Bristol Girls Can’ sports sessions up for grabs

This Girl Can - Rose Taylor takes part in Buggy Buddies in Victoria Park, Totterdown. February 2015. Photographer Freia Turland e:info@ftphotography.co.uk m:07875514528

Hundreds of free sports sessions are up for grabs as part of an ongoing campaign to inspire more Bristol women to get out there and enjoy exercise.

The team behind Bristol Girls Can campaign, which was launched in March, is offering 800 vouchers for free sport sessions at leisure centres across the city, ranging from Body Pump to Insanity, Boxfit, Spin, Sway Dance, badminton and netball.

The vouchers will give 400 people the opportunity to try a new exercise class at one of the six SLM leisure centres in Bristol – Everyone Active – Horfield Leisure Centre, Henbury Leisure Centre, St Pauls Community Sports Academy, Easton Leisure Centre, Kingdown Leisure Centre and Bristol South Swimming pool.

A further 400 people can take advantage of the scheme at Parkwood Leisure Hengrove centre.

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The scheme is aimed at women who have never visited the leisure centres or those who have not been in a while.

Councillor Daniella Radice, Assistant Mayor for Neighbourhoods with responsibility for sport, said:

“Many of us need a gentle nudge to go and exercise, and enjoying a free session at one of the city’s leisure centres can be just the ticket to kick start a healthy habit.

“Exercise not only boosts health and wellbeing, but is a great way to meet people and make new friends too. This is a great opportunity to try out a new sport or activity.”

This Girl Can - Rose Taylor takes part in Buggy Buddies in Victoria Park, Totterdown. February 2015. Photographer Freia Turland e:info@ftphotography.co.uk m:07875514528

The Bristol Girls Can campaign launched on Friday 6th March and follows the success of Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign. Supported by Bristol City Council and Sport England, the campaign aims to bring women from across the city together to show the world that Bristol Girls Can.

The council has also worked with Rife magazine and Bristol Roller Derby to launch a new video to promote the campaign, which can be found at http://rife.at/rollerderby.

According to Sport England statistics, around 38.3% of women in Bristol undertake 1 x 30 minutes of activity per week, with more than 60% of women currently not taking part in any regular activity.

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Bristol Girls 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 goes.

It is aimed at inspiring women to wiggle, jiggle and prove that judgement is a barrier which can be overcome.  The message is clear: Do your thing, don’t let anything stand in your way.

To find out more about Bristol Girls Can, please visit 
http://www.bristol.gov.uk/page/leisure-and-culture/bristol-girls-can

To keep up with more activities for parents and children in Bristol, please do pop over to the Bristol Mum Facebook page and give it a like.

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