De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU) are getting involved in the national This Girl Can campaign to encourage as many female DMU students as possible to get active and involved in sport.
DSU's This Girl Can week runs from Monday 30 January to Sunday 5 February and is crammed with FREE inclusive sports and fitness sessions provided by DSU, DMU Leisure Centre and Campus 330.
The week starts with a launch on Monday from 1pm until 3pm in the Campus Centre Atrium. There’ll be free food and drinks, speeches and performances from the DMU Steppers, Zumba Society and DMU Saints. We'll also unveil our This Girl Can pledge that people can sign to promise their support to empowering and encouraging women in sport, plus the launch of a competition to win a Fitbit.
Lauren Thomas, Women’s Representative at DSU, said: “A lot of girls tend to drop out of sport in their mid-teens and this is just a big push to break the barriers that might stop them.
“It is a shame for them to miss out on it, as it is good for your wellbeing and for your health. If you are just going to your classes you don’t meet those people and the social aspect of that and you just become more engaged in general.
“I think there is a big stigma in girls in sport.
“Especially talking about the barriers and the stuff people hear. For some people that might be really intimidating."
As well as the calendar of scheduled inclusive sports and fitness sessions, VP Welfare and Community, Keira Rounsley, and VP Student Activities, Ahtesham Mahmood, are also planning to go to as many BUCS games as possible and collecting footage from them and taking the pledge round for people to sign.
Lauren has also coordinated a Women in Leadership event that takes place during DSU’s This Girl Can week. Read more here.
“The Women in Leadership Conference is on the Wednesday," she said. "There is a national NUS-run Women in Leadership Conference but I wanted to run my own event at DMU because I think it is important to get women inspired and make them aware of the positions that they might not know about and talk about the barriers they may face.”
The event takes place on Wednesday 1 February from 1pm until 4.30pm in Hugh Aston 0.10. The event is also FREE and you can sign up to it here.