Posted on Tue 08 Nov 2016 at 15:40 by Ffion Jones
At Undeb Bangor our Athletic Union has supported This Girl Can events for a number of years with our This Bangor Girl twist. This is always a successful campaign that all of our student body get behind and celebrate, but every year we always hear the question “Why do we need a campaign for women?”is raised.
The the Athletic Union we believe it is essential to promote being active to all students because of the undeniable fact of having numerous physical and mental health benefits that can really enhance student experience. Sport England's research states that “2 million fewer women (aged 14 – 40) taking part in sport or exercising in the UK than men”.
75% of the women surveyed said they “wanted to exercise more”, but most didn’t feel like they belonged in sport because they “felt they would be judged for being the wrong shape or size, not skilled or fit enough”. During my two terms as AU President, too many women in Bangor have told me that they wouldn’t getting involved in our activities for similar reasons. This is totally unacceptable.
My philosophy is that exercise should be a reward, not a punishment. At the Athletic Union we are smashing these barriers that are preventing women from getting active by showcasing our incredible Bangor women jiggling, sweating, hitting, loving what they do and winning. We are striving to collectively empower and inspire other women to get active and their friends and peers to celebrate this. Join us and let's destroy this negative perception of sport together.
Do it like a Bangor Girl!