Pendle Leisure Trust and This Girl Can Launches New Campaign for Free Activities

Friday, 9th November 2018

Pendle Leisure Trust is getting behind Sport England's This Girl Can campaign to provide a whole host of female-only activities over the next year.

Supporting the national campaign which aims to encourage women and girls of all shapes, sizes, abilities and backgrounds to get active, Pendle Leisure Trust will be providing a different fitness activity every month across its four leisure facilities – Pendle Wavelengths, Nelson; Pendle Leisure Centre, Colne; West Craven Sports Centre, Barnoldswick and Seedhill Athletics and Fitness Centre, Nelson.

Activities, starting next month, will include swimming, aquarhythmics, gym sessions, a bootcamp and lessons on learning to run.

This third phase of the This Girl Can campaign, which is funded by the National Lottery, offers a new message - Fit Got Real – to celebrate the creative and often unconventional ways many women are fitting exercise into their busy lives.

Fit Got Real builds on the campaign’s achievements so far. It’s specifically reaching out to women of all backgrounds and ethnicities who feel left behind by traditional exercise and prove that judgement, time, money and energy are barriers that can be overcome.

Pendle Leisure Trust’s Chief Executive, Alison Goode, said: “Fear of judgement, lacking confidence, not having enough time or money - there are a mix of practical and emotional pressures that stop many women from being as active as they would like.

We want to get involved in this fantastic campaign by offering our facilities and some free sessions to help these women get back into exercising.”

Sport England’s Chief Executive, Jennie Price, added: “Before we began this campaign, we looked very carefully at what women were saying about why they felt sport and exercise was not for them.

Some of the issues, like time and cost, were familiar, but one of the strongest themes was a fear of judgement. Worries about being judged for being the wrong size, not fit enough and not skilled enough came up time and again.

Many of the pressures of modern life do not make it easy for women to have the confidence and motivation to be active, so we are using real stories of real women – many who have overcome obstacles – to show some creative, and often unconventional, ways many women are fitting exercise into their busy lives.”

#thisgirlcan #fitgotreal

Free activities - 3rd-21st December 2018

SwimmingMondays8.30pm - 9.30pmWest Craven Sports Centre
SwimmingWednesdays7.00pm - 9.00pmPendle Leisure Centre
AquarhythmicsWednesdays7.15pm - 8.15pmPendle Leisure Centre
AquarhythmicsWednesdays12.30pm - 1.30pmPendle Wavelengths