UV This Girl Can event at Blackburn College successfully targets inactive females

Inactive girls from local schools were engaged by fun non-traditional activities at a special glow sports event run by This Girl Ambassadors at Blackburn College last month.

It was the first This Girl Can event that the ambassadors Nicole Hartley and Amy Bowers, along with the help of Holly Phoenix, had organised at the college and it was a resounding success.

The activities put on under the UV lights included archery, hula hoops, netball shooting, ten pin bowling, frisbee and soccercise. They also did a group Clubbercise session at the end.

Karla Hacking, Physical Activity Coordinator at Blackburn College, said: “The event went really well, the Ambassadors did a brilliant job leading on the stations and getting involved.

The students who took part were really enthusiastic and responded well the glow concept. We have already been asked by the schools attending to run some more events for year 11 students, which we are now planning to do.”

Karla said the event really engaged with females who were previously inactive.

“The activities we used were different to your traditional sports so participants had to use different skillsets, so it didn’t just suit the sporty girls.

“There was a mixture of singles and pair works so there wasn’t any team activities which can make some people feel uncomfortable.

“The glow theme really attracts female students as it makes them feel like they’re at a party and increases the fun factor. Having the lights off also lets people lose their inhibitions more and enjoy themselves.”

Media make up students at the college helped with the UV face paints and the participants loved taking selfies with the UV Lights. Special mention goes to Ronan McMahon at Active Lancashire who lent extra UV lights to the college, which really helped to fill the sports hall.

Speaking about why the event was such a success, Karla added: “Having female ambassadors leading the sessions allows the students to relate more to one another and it increases the feeling of girls working together and succeeding.

“The glow theme always gets people excited as they feel like they are at a party, which I feel gives them the high energy to get involved in the activities.

“The glow event we planned was for secondary school female students at St Bede’s Roman Catholic High School and Our Lady & St John’s Catholic College. I wanted the girls to get a taster for a TGC event to build their confidence for when we do one for the college students.”

A bigger This Girl Can event for students at Blackburn College is being planned on 9 March as part of Sport Relief and International Women’s Day.

Find out more about the This Girl Can Ambassador programme or email Alyson.Hastie@aoc.co.uk for more information on how to get your college students involved next year.


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