Female students try out new activities at college This Girl Can festivals

Newham College recently embraced International Women’s Day by hosting a This Newham Girl Can Festival.

There were opportunities for staff and students to try zorbing and zumba-based activities.

The event was supported by Sport England and AoC Sport as part of the national This Girl Can campaign to engage females in taking part in sports.

AoC Sport recently awarded 24 colleges with extra funding to provide more vibrant activities for female students who are not active in colleges.

The campaign has proven extremely popular across the FE sector and has provided many aspiring young females to pursue new opportunities as well as open new doors.

The festival attracted a record number of females across the college who thoroughly enjoyed their experience.

Nathan Headle, Sports Engagement Lead at Newham College, said: “It was brilliant to see all the females coming together and showcasing unity and encouraging each other to try something new.

“As part of our commitment to providing the females opportunities to try new events, we brought back our popular This Newham Girl Can T-shirts, which was given to every attendee who participated in zorbing and zumba respectively.

“We want to encourage all of our female staff and student population to aspire to overcome all barriers. We are very proud of every single person who took part and we hope this has sparked the fire for you to continue!”


New VIc College also held a special event to mark International Women’s Day, entitled ‘Here to Slay Fest’.

Their This Girl Can ambassadors secured funding from AoC Sport and the Jack Petchey Foundation to celebrate and help empower females in the college.

Competitions included, netball and basketball shoot outs, freestyle trampolining and badminton precision shots – all taking place in a vibrant energetic atmosphere with food, drinks and music pumping out.

Similarly a range of students from Cambridge Regional College and New Suffolk College took part in the TGC festival in the East region.

There were animal care, hair and beauty and supported learning students who tried their hand at roller disco, boxercise, glow sports (badminton and mini tennis) and Glow Fit – an exercise class with a party vibe held in the dark, with UV lighting and glow-in-the-dark drumsticks.

AoC Sport supports colleges to put on these events thanks to funding from Sport England and This Girl Can campaign. 

The This Girl Can Ambassadors are tasked with raising awareness of the Sport England campaign as well as promoting and delivering new and existing college activities to try and encourage their female students to get active.

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