This Girl Can teams up with parkrun to celebrate International Women's Day
The tie up aims to increase the numbers of women and girls participating in the weekly 5km event.
Women and girls are being encouraged to celebrate International Women’s Day by joining their local parkrun.
On Saturday 7 March, This Girl Can is teaming up with parkrun to put on hundreds of events across the UK to inspire and attract women.
parkrun’s records show that of the 1.8 million women who are registered with parkrun, 650,000 are yet to take part, and that despite females making up 52% of their registrations, they only account for 44% of completed parkruns.
We launched This Girl Can in 2015 to help tackle the gender gap in sport and physical activity, but while it's been successful, the gap is still there.
So, this International Women’s Day parkruns across the UK will be showing their support with female volunteer teams, a brief for all newcomers, selfie frames and a suggested purple dress code.
“This Girl Can is all about breaking down barriers and helping women feel like they can be active, no matter their ability, size or lifestyle,” said Kate Dale, the This Girl Can campaign lead.
“The aim of our partnership with parkrun is to celebrate women in all their imperfect glory.
“This International Women’s Day we’re calling on the women who haven’t quite made it out there yet to join this huge female movement and take part in their local parkrun – whether they walk, run, skip or just do half of it.”
Latest News from
Activity habits in early weeks of lockdown revealed22/10/2020 16:38:00
Sport England have published two new Active Lives Adult Survey reports that show how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted activity levels.
Chief executive welcomes new fund for local authority leisure centres22/10/2020 10:43:00
Following confirmation that £100 million will be made available to support public leisure facilities, Tim Hollingsworth says we'll continue working intensely with the government on the next steps.
Return to Play Fund launched21/10/2020 13:05:00
The £16.5 million fund is split into three strands and brings our total support for the sport and physical activity sector to more than £220m.
Physical activity can help children catch up on missed work05/10/2020 13:05:00
New research shows students and teachers report physical activity can improve pupils' mood, confidence and schoolwork.
New toolkit launched to boost physical activity despite coronavirus02/10/2020 13:05:00
Sport England’s Autumn and Winter Activity Toolkit will help sports and physical activity providers encourage people to be active.
Black voices to be given outlet during Black History Month01/10/2020 13:05:00
Throughout October we'll be showcasing the positive work done by Black people in the sport and physical sector, as well as highlighting the barriers and inequalities still present.
'Rule of six' to be applied to adult indoor team sports24/09/2020 13:05:00
With new coronavirus-related restrictions for sport announced, we've compiled answers on what is and isn't allowed.
Helping to keep people active during local coronavirus lockdowns21/09/2020 13:43:00
We give some clarity in the confusion about what sport and physical activity is and isn't allowed during local lockdowns.