Get your trainers on!
Remember that fabulous ‘This Girl Can’ ad campaign earlier this year? Totally inspiring – and really celebrating women and girls of every shape and size getting out there and getting active. Well, the spirit behind that ad is alive and well – running, jumping, kicking, the lot – here in Herts this week. And there are loads of ways to get involved.
For those of us (me!) still traumatized by PE at school – muddy cross country runs, chilly showers, nasty shouty teachers, those little skirts that almost but not quite covered your itchy nylon bottle-green PE knickers – the idea of getting out and getting active can be properly really off-putting. But the newly-launching ‘This Girl Can in Herts’ campaign is all about is getting you well beyond that and making sport – or just physical activity – into something you can make part of your life and, get this, enjoy.
From now until 25 October, there are events going on all across Hertfordshire. Seriously, the diary for the week is chock-full of things to do and sports to try, places to go and people to meet. Trampolining, cricket, Zumba, netball, track, golf, tennis, swimming, skateboarding, gymnastics… and that’s really not the whole list. And that’s just the first day.
And don’t give me that ‘oh, there’s nothing going on near me’ line. I’ve tried it, and it’s just not going to fly. There are activities in Watford and Welwyn, Hatfield and Hertford, Barnet and Borehamwood, Rickmansworth and Letchworth, Harpenden and Hoddesdon, Tring, Abbots Langley, Cheshunt… do I even need to carry on? There’s is definitely something happening near you.
And lots of the activities aren’t just one-offs for this week. For example, there’s a great group called ‘Herts Girls Can‘ that organises regular sports events for women in Herts – run by the fabulously enthusiastic Diane Taylor, who herself was inspired by the ‘This Girl Can’ campaign and is now busy sorting out great active things for other women to participate in.
If you do head out and give one of the activities a go, do let me know how it goes, won’t you? I’d love to hear what you enjoyed and what you’re planning to do again. Might even pop on my trainers and join you…