A new campaign has been launched in Nottingham to encourage more women to take part in sport while celebrating the achievements of existing female athletes.
The “Trent Girls Can” campaign is aimed at female students at Nottingham Trent University.
A series of workshops, gym sessions and sporting showcases are being run throughout the week.
Pole Dancing, with more than 90% female membership, is NTU’s largest sports society.
However, student union representatives believe more can be done to promote the benefits of sport to physical and mental health across the female population at the university.
Sophie Wolf is just one of the students who agrees that more needs to be done to make women comfortable in sporty environments.
This year, SU Vice President of sport Matt Nicholson has taken the campaign a step further by deciding to also celebrate all the amazing female athletes Trent already has.
Modelling on Sport England’s annual “This Girl Can” campaign, Trent Girls Can is currently in its first year.
Campaigners say physical exercise can have very beneficial to a person’s physical, mental and social well-being.
One issue they are targeting are the barriers girls experience when it comes to sports, often surrounding how they look or what they wear during exercise.
By offering a range of free classes and workshops throughout the week they hoped to make exercise more approachable for women who had struggled previously.
It has proven to reduce the chances of heart disease and stroke, obesity, high blood pressure, as well as to relieve stress and anxiety.
The week came to a close with Trent Dance’s performance night ‘Ignite’, held at The Forum. Ten percent of all profits made went towards the Make-A-Wish foundation.