Promoting Sport & Physical Activity

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This Girl Can Overview

This Girl Can is a Sport England national campaign. It’s a celebration of active women everywhere who are doing their thing, no matter how they do it, how they look or even how sweaty they get.

Get Active!

Join in the media conversation using #ThisGirlCan and @ThisGirlCanUK. For ideas and inspiration on getting active in a way that works for you, visit the This Girl Can website. For support and guidance for getting active during the Covid-19 pandemic please visit our Active at Home webpages.

This Girl Can Sussex Network

Active Sussex needs your help to inspire more women and girls to move more, and help break down the barriers that prevent so many from being physically active. 

We are looking for individuals and organisations, to join the network to shout about the amazing opportunities available and to hear from inspirational women with different abilities, interests and personal incentives as to why they exercise and how they fit it into their busy lives.

It couldn’t be easier to get involved! 

This Girl Can Sussex Promoter

Anyone can be a promoter (however if you are under 18 please ask a parent or carer to sign up on your behalf).

Your role will be to help amplify the campaign and promote it within your local networks.

If you would like to join the This Girl Can Sussex Network as a promoter, please sign up to the mailing list below to receive information about our local forums and how to get involved.

This Girl Can Sussex Champion

The role of a This Girl Can Sussex Champion is to inspire, motivate and shout about the campaign, to other women and girls within your local community. Read the journeys of our current champions here.

We have pause receiving champion Expressions of Interest at this time due to an overwhelming response. However if you are interested in becoming a future champion, please sign up as a promoter so we can keep in the loop and let you know when we reopen for applications!  

More details about the Champion role can be found in the TGC Sussex Network pack.

This Girl Can Sussex Network Events

Next event: Wednesday 1 December 2021 (4-6pm) – Getting Girls Active

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!

Join a network of Sussex professionals and volunteers who are passionate about making a difference, as we discuss 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, you will have the opportunity to discuss your thoughts and ideas, as well as hearing from women and girls about their experiences and successes.

Book now; join in the conversation and make a difference!

Previous events

Wednesday 20 October – This Girl Can Sussex Network (Virtual) Forum: Women’s Wellbeing

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

Below are some useful related content links;

This Girl CanExercising with your baby

We Are UndefeatableFinding an activity that works for you

Moving Medicine – Risk Consensus statement: It’s safer for people with long term conditions to be physically active


Monday 10 May 2021This Girl Can Sussex Network (Virtual) Forum: Menopause and Physical Activity.  

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 from the forum here: This Girl Can Sussex Network – Menopause & Physical Activity – Summary Report

We hope the suggested next steps can help inform your own work plans or delivery, or support general conversations around this subject.

Along with the latest research from Women in Sport, they have partnered with Getty Images to launch a curation of ground-breaking images and short films that challenge the way women going through the menopause are portrayed in society. Women in Sport’s campaign #menopossibilities will share these stories and bring to light the challenges, barriers and opportunities that this life stage offers. Of particular interest may be the story, from Crawley Old Girls (COGs) Founder/Chair/Coach, Carole Bates BME.

The following ‘Keep Healthy During the Menopause’ Easy Read may be useful to partners working with adults with a learning disability to support your conversations around being physically active at this time. 


Thursday 25 February 2021This Girl Can Sussex Network Launch at the Active Sussex (Virtual) Network. 

The #ThisGirlCanSussex 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.

This 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.

You can access the session recording here

Read the summary from the session here: This Girl Can Sussex Network: Pioneering Movement Ready for Take-Off – Summary Report

This Girl Can Sussex Ambassadors

We currently have two Sussex ambassadors, who will be supporting the network and sharing their advice and ideas across the TGC Sussex Network and supporting the TGC champions. Through the development of the network we hope to identify future ambassadors.  

Visit our Sussex Ambassadors page here.

Get Delivering!

  • Secondary School resources can be found here.
  • Are you female and interested in becoming a coach? Sign up to Project 500.
  • Under ‘Useful Resources’ we have provided a list of useful links and documents to help you target and engage with females.

For more information please contact:

Carrie Smith

Carrie Smith

PR and Communications Officer


Carrie is responsible for internal and external communications, digital communications, strategic communications, social media management, media relations, the Active Sussex website and coordinating print and branded materials.