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Young girls to be inspired to get active

Free swimming, gym and indoor cycling sessions are on offer to young women across Malvern Hills District as part of a new campaign to inspire them to take part in physical activity.

The ‘This Worcs Girl Can’ campaign runs between Monday, 29 February and Sunday, 6 March with a week’s worth of activities at four schools in the district – The Chase, Dyson Perrins, Tenbury High and The Chantry.

Sports clubs will run taster sessions throughout the week and there will also be an opportunity for girls and young women to attend a special marketplace event being held at each school on the Monday, to find out what is available to them locally.

Local women sports stars will be present at each of the schools and a mass Zumba session is also planned. Anyone who takes part in the campaign will be entered into a prize draw with a number of goodies up for grabs.

In the week leading up to the campaign, more information will be provided in a special assembly within each of the four schools. 

In support of the campaign, Malvern Hills District Council, in partnership with Freedom Leisure, will be delivering six weeks of discounted Sportivate Zumba sessions. They are aimed at those aged between 11 and 18-years-old and take place at Dyson Perrins starting on Monday 7 March.

Between 29 February and 6 March, women and girls aged 11 and over can also swim, use the gym or indoor cycling equipment at the relevant district leisure centre for free, thanks to

Freedom Leisure. Anyone interested in the offer should email Jordan Jordan.cotton@malvernhills.gov.uk for more information.

The campaign aims to build on the successful national Sport England ‘This Girl Can’ scheme and encourage more young women to get involved in sport to develop skills, social networks and general wellbeing.

Action for Children is running the campaign which is being supported by Malvern Hills District Council, among others.

Vanessa Cole, Head of Services at Malvern Hills Early Help, said: “One of the main purposes of this initiative is to support young women to develop positive mental health and self-image.

We are really looking forward to helping lots of young women on the day and seeing them enjoy what the event has to offer.”

Cllr David Watkins, Portfolio Holder for Healthier Communities on Malvern Hills District Council, said: “There are many excellent sports clubs and facilities locally that are supporting this campaign. We hope young women will be inspired to get involved with the vast array of opportunities available to them and as a result become more active in their every day lives.”

For more information about the week long event, email Vanessa Vanessa.cole@actionforchildren.org.uk, visit www.facebook.com/ThisWorcsGirlCan or follow @WorcsGirlCan on Twitter.