Bristol Girls Can! gets relaunch

October 27 2017

Bristol is relaunching its campaign to get more women and girls taking part in sport and physical activity during its year as a European City of Sport.

Bristol is relaunching its campaign to get more women and girls taking part in sport and physical activity during its year as a European City of Sport.

As part of the campaign, the council will be holding a series of female-only sessions to give women an opportunity to take part in physical activity without fear of any perceived judgement.

Nationally, 1.5 million fewer women take part in sport or physical activity than men, however 75% say they would like to do more. Fear of judgement is cited as one of the main barriers to this alongside childcare. In some areas of Bristol, up to 83% of women are not doing the Government recommended amount of exercise which is believed to be one of the key contributing factors in the health inequalities leading to an 11 year difference in life expectancy around the city.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “Although in Bristol we have some of the highest participation rates in the country, we are well aware that these benefits are not always accessible to everyone.

“I hope our new Bristol Girls Can campaign will inspire lots of you to go out there and give something new a try however active you already are.”

In an attempt to try and turn this around, Bristol put out a call to women and girls who were willing to put themselves forward as ambassadors for the campaign with inspirational stories to tell about how they got involved in sport or physical activity.

 One of the ambassadors is Redland resident Sara, 48, who started Nordic Walking after having breast cancer two years ago. It’s a sport that gives Sara an all over body workout and she is now much fitter than she was before having cancer. The social aspect of Nordic Walking is really important to Sara. She finds the group very supportive and she can chat to people along the way, or walk ahead if she wants to get a bit of headspace. They often go out for coffee and more chat after – which is an added incentive to get out and go for a walk! 

Sara says that the best thing about Nordic Walking is: “Anyone can do it, you don’t have to be fast, you don’t have to be sporty and you get outdoors whatever the weather.”

For information about all the events coming up, head to www.BristolGirlsCan.co.uk where you can also find out about clubs and organisations you can join to get some friendly support.