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This Girl Can Sussex Network Events

The This Girl Can Sussex Network aims to inspire more women and girls to move more, and help break down the barriers that prevent so many from being physically active.

Upcoming Network Events

Watch this space for upcoming events!

This Girl Can Sussex: Networking & Connecting – Tuesday 29 November 12.30-13.30

It’s been nearly two years since we launched the This Girl Can Sussex Network, so this virtual forum aims to provide an opportunity for the network to come together informally to connect and share with regards to getting women and girls active.

Register here

This Girl Can Sussex and Project 500 Collab Session – Date TBC

The next TGC Sussex Network community of learning event, will be a collaboration with Project 500 where we will take a look at coaching and leadership roles in sport and physical activity. We’ll hear from our very own CEO, Sadie Mason and the journeys of other women working in the county.

We would especially like to invite male colleagues to discuss their role as allies, consider how visibility is critical along with reassessing and revamping policies and procedures.


Catch up on our previous events

This Girl Can: Coach, Play, Learn – Are we effectively supporting and engaging disabled women and girls in sport and physical activity?

This session delivered as part of the Sussex Inclusive Sport & Physical Activity Conference hosted by the Sussex Disability Sports Network.

You can watch the recording here

This Girl Can: Coach, Play, Learn Slides (PDF)

Thoughts and reflections from attendees (PDF).

Women’s Sporting Journeys: How to Keep Women Engaged in Sport Throughout Their Lives – Thursday 3 March

Sport needs to reframe the value it can bring to women throughout their lives. Be inspired by real women as we hear from This Girl Can Ambassadors and Champions, explore new research, and piece together recommendations for positive action in Sussex.

You can watch the recording here.

TGC Sussex Network Forum – Women Sporting Journeys (Active Sussex slides).

Womens Sporting Journeys: How to keep women engaged in sport throughout their lives (Handout).

Getting Girls Active – Wednesday 1 December 2021

Only 10% of girls aged 13 to 16 meet the CMO guidelines of 60 active minutes each day. What’s more, by the age of 17, when PE lessons are no longer provide a form of compulsory exercise, 64% of girls will stop doing any sport at all!

At this forum we discussed the issues, barriers and solutions to ensure that girls in the county have a positive experience of physical activity from a young age.

Following a presentation from the Youth Sport Trust with the latest insights, we discussed thoughts and ideas, and heard from women and girls about their experiences and successes.

You can watch/listen to to the online forum recording here.

TGC Sussex Network Forum – Getting Girls Active presentation.

Women’s Wellbeing – Wednesday 20 October 2021

42% of women and girls are classed as not being active enough for good health.

This event focused on the health and wellbeing benefits of physical activity, and how the This Girl Can movement can support the lives of those living with long-term conditions and mental health problems.

We heard from some of our Sussex Ambassador and Champions and through the sharing of key insight and best practice, attendees delved into the problems faced by women participating in sport and physical activities, as well as exploring the solutions too.

You can watch/listen to the online forum recording here.

TGC Network Forum – Women’s Wellbeing Presentation

Menopause and Physical Activity – Monday 10 May 2021

The menopause is a significant change in a woman’s life and can often have a negative impact on a woman’s physical activity as a result.

This forum event provided an opportunity for partners to hear about the latest research from Women in Sport, take on board lived experiences and discover how sport and physical activity provision can and is supporting women’s physical and mental wellbeing during the menopause.

Event outcomes:

  • Raised awareness of the menopause and the benefits of physical activity
  • Recommendations for partners and SPA deliverers to support women to maintain and re-engage with physical activity during menopause
  • More women in participating in physical activity (especially in the 40-55 age bracket)
  • Awareness of the This Girl Can Sussex Network and Champions

You can watch/listen to the online forum recording here.

Read the summary notes from the forum here.

This Girl Can Sussex Network launch – Thursday 25 February 2021

The This Girl Can Sussex Network was officially launched as part of the Active Sussex Network, 25 February 2021.

The session explored some of the insight around women and girls participation and we heard first hand from some our new TGC Champions as to why they exercise and how they fit it into their busy lives. This Girl Can Sussex Ambassadors also offered some top tips for partners to consider when planning/promoting activity. Facilitated discussions provided an opportunity to consider how the new This Girl Can Sussex Network can respond to the needs of women and girls in Sussex, to support them on a journey to become more active.

Watch the session recording here.

Read the summary notes from the session here.

Gemma Finlay-Gray

Strategic Relationship Manager

Gemma is responsible for managing key strategic stakeholder relations to tackle physical inactivity across Sussex, with a focus on increasing levels of physical activity for people with a disability, those from lower socio-economic groups, and women and girls. She oversees the Sussex Disability Sports Network, is the Lead Adult Safeguarding Officer, Deputy CYP Safeguarding Officer, Equalities lead and acts as the Active Partnership’s Human Resources lead.