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Taster session success as dozens sign-up to women-only fitness classes


Getting women and girls fired-up about fitness was the aim of free sports taster sessions which took place in Hackney.

Ballet, aerobics and hula-hooping, alongside the more traditional sports of netball, football and basketball were just some of the activities women were able to try out at Clissold Leisure Centre, Stoke Newington.

It formed part of the For The Girls programme, run by leisure provider Better in partnership with Hackney Council and funded by Sport England, which wants to motivate women and girls aged 14 and over into or back into sport as part of a healthy and active lifestyle

Following the taster evening, 75 women and girls signed-up to the programme which is designed and run by women.


Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council
We want to get women and girls off the sidelines and into the action through the For The Girls programme which provides a range of fun but affordable fitness during the day and in the evenings. The taster event was really successful. Organisers talked to more than 200 people, including students and local women’s groups who asked we include activities such as badminton and tone-up classes.
Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council

Ex-Olympian and For The Girls ambassador Jade Jackson attended the event. She said: "The project is all about getting women and girls excited about exercise and supporting them to grow in confidence and to do activity together with like-minded people."

The For the Girls winter schedule has begun, offering aqua jogging, netball, basketball and running for £2.50 per session at various Hackney leisure centres.

If you are interested in getting involved go towww.better.org.uk/forthegirls or follow the team on twitter @forthegirlsLDN