Herts Sports Partnership launch Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign once more

PUBLISHED: 12:23 24 February 2017 | UPDATED: 12:28 24 February 2017

Hatfield Ladies' walking netball club launch Herts Sports Partnership's This Girl Can campaign

Hatfield Ladies' walking netball club launch Herts Sports Partnership's This Girl Can campaign

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The Herts Sports Partnership launched the county’s Sport England’s This Girl Can 2017 campaign on Friday.

Hosted in partnership with the Hertfordshire Mavericks at their first match of their season (see left), the campaign got off to a fantastic start.

Building on the success so far in helping to get women and girls more active, whatever their shape, size and ability, this is the third year of the promotion.

The focus of the initiative is to help women and girls to overcome the fear of judgement that is stopping too many from joining in and helping to build the confidence, resilience and sense of belonging that sport can bring.

Two inspirational ladies brought the programme to life, sharing their stories with passion and humour.

Hannah is an activator on the Active Students project at the University of Hertfordshire.

Her role is to encourage students to participate in sport using easy to access, informal, non-competitive and non-judgemental sessions.

She highlighted her own confidence and increased activity and Olympic weightlifting as particular success in attracting women to a traditionally male sport.

Nicola also displayed her passion for helping ladies to run.

As a leader on the Moving Mums school gate project, she has enjoyed seeing women evolve from nervous beginners to running events such as London’s Winter Run 10k event recently.

Finally, representing Hertfordshire Mavericks, Paul Clarke summed up the links between grassroots and elite sport, the importance of mums becoming role models for their daughters, and the inspiration of This Girl Can.

During the half-time break of Vitality Superleague clash between Mavericks and Northumbria, the crowd were treated to a demonstration of walking netball by members of Hatfield Netball Club.

The new Sport England advertisement will broadcast from Friday and a number of Herts projects will start over the next few weeks.

The main Hertfordshire focus is on This Girl Can in Herts Week 2017 which will run from June 3-11.

This will aim to encourage around 5,000 women and girls to try something new through an imaginative, friendly and welcoming Hertfordshire-wide activity programme.

Clubs, facilities, organisations and groups interested in putting on activity sessions and events during this week, contact Lucy Carey l.m.carey@herts.ac.uk.

To find out more or take part, see Twitter #TGCinHerts or visit www.sportinherts.org

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