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US GIRLS ROCKS NEIGHBOURHOOD FESTIVAL TAKES SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY TO THE COMMUNITY OF THAMESMEAD

Thursday 8th October 2015

Young women from across Thamesmead are invited to the Us Girls Rocks Neighbourhood Festival, a female only event to encourage young women and girls to get active and have some fun. 

Us Girls Rocks arrives at Hawksmoor Youth Club on Thursday 29th October and promises to be an exciting event full of free sports and physical activity, free beauty treatments, goodie bags and prizes.

The festival features a range of activities for young women to try and aims to get a generation of young women active. Activities include dance and fitness, netball, football, short tennis, athletics, Hula Hooping and table tennis. As a reward for having a go participants will be able to enjoy free beauty treatments, plus there will be goodie bags and prizes up for grabs.

The free festival is expected to attract 50+ young women and girls from the Thamesmead community, helping to promote, grow and sustain local StreetGames activity.  The event also provides young people with the opportunity to volunteer in the organising and running of the day.

 “The Us Girls Rocks Festivals are all about bringing young women together to have fun playing sport, removing all the barriers such as cost, equipment, ability and body image," said Claire Hallinan, Unit Manager at Hawksmoor Youth Club. 

"We are expecting over 50 young women and girls to come along, some will be trying certain activities for the first time.”

Jane Ashworth, Chief Executive Officer of StreetGames, said: "Neighbourhood festivals allow our projects to take sport right to the doorstep of local communities. Hawksmoor Youth Club and England Athletics have helped young people in Thamesmead to engage in physical activity and play sport, leading them to happier, healthier lives.

The StreetGames Neighbourhood Festival programme targets communities that are the hardest to reach and the most under-serviced. Us Girls Rocks is aimed at young women aged 14 to 25 but they are encouraged to bring their friends, sisters, mum and aunties to join in with the female only activities.  The festivals help promote sport and physical activity to young women and girls, giving them the opportunity to try different physical activities in a female only environment, delivered in a fun and social way.  The festivals also allows for the regional Us Girls networks to get together, keep fit and make new friends.

The Us Girls initiative has so far encouraged over 50,000 young women from disadvantaged communities to get active, an incredible achievement that has been rewarded by receiving a National Lottery Award for Best Sport Project 2013. 

Us Girls is coordinated by the award winning charity StreetGames which lays on sport for young people in deprived neighbourhoods.  For more information go to www.usgirls.org.uk or follow the action on Twitter @UsGirlsTweet or on facebook.com/UsGirlsGetActive