Campaign hopes to help girls get active

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This Girl Can, a campaign which aims to break down barriers to women getting active, is coming to Ripley with the launch of Ripley Girls Can.

The project hopes to inspire local women by championing the successes of people just like them and is introducing ambassadors who will be on-hand to help and encourage people trying activities for the first time.

Organisers Derbyshire Sport are keen to hear from Ripley women – whether they have a story to share, need help to get active, or would be interested in becoming a This Girl Can ambassador.

To kick-start the campaign local women are also invited to a Party in the Dark, where participants will be able to enjoy music, quizzes and bingo.

They will also have the chance to try activities such as Clubbercise, Xena and Sh’Bam in short manageable blocks – all while helping to raise money for a worthy local charity.

Andrea Stone, of Derbyshire Sport, said: “We want to break down the barriers that women face when they think about being active. We also want to hear from them – what do they enjoy doing and what keeps them from being active.”

The Party in the Dark will be held on Friday June 16 at Ripley Leisure Centre from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Tickets must be booked in advance and can be purchased for a suggested minimum donation of £5 each.

To book visit www.derbyshiresport.co.uk/events/ripleypartyinthedark.

To find out more, or share your own photos or stories, visit www.facebook.com/ripleygirlscan.