Fitness-filled day of fun is enjoyed by dozens of women in district

PUBLISHED: 08:31 05 March 2019

Trampolining was a popular activity at the Uttlesford Women Like Us festival. Picture: ACTIVE ESSEX

Trampolining was a popular activity at the Uttlesford Women Like Us festival. Picture: ACTIVE ESSEX

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Women and girls enjoyed a fitness-filled day at the 'Women Like Us Festival' in Uttlesford.

Kelly Harman, from Active Essex joins in with activities at the Uttlesford Women Like Us festival. Picture: ACTIVE ESSEXKelly Harman, from Active Essex joins in with activities at the Uttlesford Women Like Us festival. Picture: ACTIVE ESSEX

From Zumba and aqua aerobics to yoga and netball, the free festival offered taster sessions for a range of activities, with the aim of encouraging women and girls to try out something new or take their first steps to becoming more active in a friendly atmosphere.

The festival took place at in Saffron Walden on February 2 and was organised by Active Uttlesford to showcase the variety of sports available in the local community.

The event included sessions run by a range of local organisations, including legs, bums and tums and Zumba classes. There was also a wellness area where visitors could speak to people from the inclusion club, which is dedicated to the inclusion of people with disability in sport and active recreation.

Marina Fraser, who attended the event, said: “I came along today because my friend suggested it might be a good thing to do, so we’ve come along as a group of friends. These sorts of festivals are targeted at people like me, who aren’t regular gym goers, but it helps persuade you to get out and do something.”

The Women Like Us Festival supports the national This Girl Can campaign. There are now more than 170 This Girl Can Essex ambassadors across the county who inspire women in their local community to get active, meet new people and have fun. The ambassador programme is run by Active Essex, the county sport partnership, and is part of its ambition to change a million lives by getting Essex active.

Kelly Harman, Active Essex relationship manager for west Essex, said: “It was great to see so many women participate at the festival and there was a real vibe and sense of community about the event. The latest This Girl Can campaign reflects how hard it can be to fit in physical activity in your busy day. The taster sessions highlighted how you can get a lot out of a short time.”

For more information about Active Essex and the This Girl Can Campaign, visit www.activeessex.org

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