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Women in Sports:   ‘This Girl Can’ campaign for re-launch Friday

This Girl Can' aimed at getting more women into sports


Sports England campaign at getting more Women to engage in sports on one hand and appreciate their bodies on the other, is to be re-launched on national television on Friday.

The project dubbed “This Girl Can’ was first launched in five years ago and the governing body reports that 3.5 million women  have become involved in sports of physical activity as a result.

It further reports however   that 40 per cent of women aged over 16 are still not active enough to get the full benefits of sport and physical activity.

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Lisa O’Keefe, Sport England’s director of insight, says the campaign is once again trying to encourage women that they do not need to be ‘in shape’ or confident in their body in order to take part.

New research from Sport England found that 63 per cent of women feel seeing slim, toned bodies on social media sites has a negative effect on them.

“‘This Girl Can’ is about helping women feel confident, so they can overcome the fears about being judged that our research showed was stopping many from getting active,” O’Keefe said.

Sport England’s director of insigh tLisa O’Keefe

“Since we launched five years ago, we’re seeing more relatable images in advertising and social media, but there’s a long way to go until women’s lives are being shown in a realistic way.

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“We’ve designed the new adverts to show things we’re still not seeing – women using exercise to manage period symptoms or juggling motherhood all while celebrating women of all shapes, sizes, abilities and backgrounds.




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