The ‘Nottingham Girls Can’ campaign, which launched on 3 March 2015 to inspire more women to take up physical activity, is celebrating its 1 year anniversary. The campaign, part of the national SportEngland ‘This Girl Can’ initiative, asked women around Nottinghamshire to make pledges to ‘wiggle, jiggle and move more’.

The campaign is celebrating its first birthday with a free fitness event on Saturday 5 March from 10am to 1pm at Harvey Hadden Sports Village.  Women will be able to participate in a range of free activities including Boogie Bounce, Body Conditioning, Fight Klub and a mass participation Zumba. For more details and bookings, please call Sport and Leisure Hotline on 0115 876 1600.

Other Nottingham City Council leisure centres are also offering a selection of free fitness classes for women on Tuesday 8 March to mark International Women’s Day.  Call 0115 876 1600 for more information.

Over the past 12 months, the campaign has achieved many successes including:

  • Over 4,000 attendances by women participating in the ‘This Girl Can Swim’ project, running across the seven Nottingham City Council pools.
  • Over 100 women attended a ‘Back to Netball’ event at Harvey Hadden Sports Village, returning to a sport many of them had not played since school.
  • Over 170 women attended a mass Zumba event at Harvey Hadden Sport Village in February.
  • Over 100 ambassadors are spreading the message of the campaign to encourage more females to do a sport or an activity that they have never tried before or to return to an activity they used to take part in.
  • Over 3,500 women across Nottinghamshire follow the ‘This Girl Can Nottingham’ Facebook page
  • Over 11,000 women signed up to receive the monthly ‘Nottingham Girls Can’ newsletter with the latest news on women’s activities taking place.
  • ‘Nottingham Girls Can’ released a 30 second TV advert which premiered in March 2015 on Notts TV. This followed a 30 minute documentary which features women from around Nottingham talking about how sport and physical activity helped to overcome various stages in their lives and how the campaign has inspired them to do more.

Cllr Cat Arnold, Executive Assistant for Leisure and Culture says: ‘We were very excited to launch the national campaign on the local level. It’s great to see that after 12 months, the campaign continues to have a huge impact on women across Nottingham, empowering women to get active and have fun.’