Last week I had the pleasure of meeting with the team behind the This Girl Can campaign in Parliament.
You may have already seen the campaign as it has been widely advertised.
The campaign is developed by Sport England and is a celebration of active women up and down the country and supporting women to get involved with sport.
You can find out more about the campaign on their website www.thisgirlcan.co.uk
I think sometimes woman especially can be hesitant to get involved with sport because they worry about their ability and fear of judgement. This Girl Can was started in response to the gender gap that exists with sports participation. More men are involved with sport and exercise than women.
I am a big fan of the campaign and I would be very happy to connect any sports club in Wirral with the This Girl Can team to see how they can help with your club. You can contact my office or drop me a line on Facebook or Twitter if you are interested.
It was great to visit a sports club in my constituency recently which does fantastic work involving people at both ends of the age spectrum.For more mature people Soccerloco offers walking football for both men and women three times a week. Sessions take place between 10 and 11 am on Mondays and Wednesdays. Also between 3 and 4 pm on Thursdays.
Walking Football is a more manageable form of football as there is no stringency involved, based as it is around simply having fun with a ball and getting active. It allows people who thought their days of playing football were over to continue to participate in a sport they love. For young people coaching sessions for all ages and for both girls and boys are offered on a regular basis.
Soccerloco is based in Bromborough and you can visit their website here www.soccerloco.co.uk
It’s very important to get people of all ages and genders involved with sport. It offers many benefits both for physical and mental health and provides excellent opportunities for social interaction amongst all age groups. In London I have been very keen to get a women’s Parliamentary football team together and have been contacting female MP’s to see if they want to participate. There is already a men’s team in existence and FA rules don’t allow for mix teams so this is why I feel passionate about this.