Leeds Beckett Female Multi Sport Event – This Girl Can & Us Girls Rocks Festival
Written by Louisa Harvey
The aim of the event was to encourage more female students to participate in sport and to promote an alternative aspect that isn’t just focused on competition, but a fun recreational approach. There can be many barriers to participating in sport as a student which include cost, time, commitment, location and confidence. Through the event we delivered 6 free sports which included a mixture of traditional, modern and recreational activities, where girls had the opportunity to have a taster session within each activity. Sports included basketball, badminton, cardio tennis, American football, dodge ball and dance. From this event we aimed to sign post female students to both clubs and sessions, so they could continue to take part in sport at the university.
On the day the event ran from 10-3pm on the 26th January 2016. Students had the opportunity to drop in at any time between start and finish, and have a go at the different activities. They could either come alone or bring a friend/friends, coaches and volunteers were also be taking part too. The event was a chance for girls to socialise and take part in sport in a fun inclusive environment. There was also music, freebies, prizes, an information stand and a photo booth.
24 girls aged 18-30 took part in the event across 14 different courses with a mixture of abilities including beginners, sport activators, university sport students and staff, plus players from sports teams. Courses included dietetics, biomedical science, psychology, PE, sport development, sport science, sport event management, English and History, sport therapy, business, marketing, travel and tourism, economics and finance. 13 volunteers helped make the event a success, which included Leeds Beckett Students and Volunteers from Street Games Archway Centre.
“Great day!!! Loved it so much. Would defo come again with more people.” – Us Girls Rocks Festival January
“Great Fun! Great way to try new sport #ThisGirlCan” – Us Girls Rocks Festival January
“This Girl Can Rocks!” – Us Girls Rocks Festival January