Posted on Thu 09 Mar 2017 at 09:21 by Lucy Gill
This Girl Can- Funding secured!
Great news - We have secured funding from BUCS (British Universities College Sports) to do some awesome FREE This Girl Can sessions!
Our aim is: To provide sufficient provision so that sport is accessible to all women and non-binary students at the University of Birmingham. Every women and non-binary student should be confident in the fact that they can and should participate and feel like they belong in the University’s sporting culture.
We would really like to specifically encourage disabled students, international students and ethnic minority groups. This is because we feel that these groups are under-represented, especially through sport, we have evidence for this in the results of our disability survey and through the lack of numbers of international students engaging with student clubs.
We will be building on our recent success of This Girl Can events:
Remember ‘This BUCS Girl Can week’ where we had 7 different FREE sporting events in one week and more recently our ‘This Girl Can Fight’ session where over 70 of you tried out martial arts in one afternoon?
Well, get ready for things to get BIGGER AND BETTER!!
We will be introducing more sustainable activities to engage with all women and non-binary students regardless of race, religion, disability, background and sexual orientation. This would include inclusivity training, expansion of our activator programme and two new activities: This Brum Girl Can Night In and This Girl Can Hour.
- This Brum Girl Can Night in: A whole evening booked out for women and non-binary students participation only- it will be free and open to all. There will be different parts of the room for different sports/sessions. I would also like to tie it into Mental Health In Sport and have a ‘Chill out zone’ and work with Ross, the Welfare Officer to put the right pieces of information there. It will be a massive step to have a women and non-binary students only entire evening of a range of things going on for free and for anyone to come and have a go!
- This Girl Can Hour every week: This is the permanent aspect of the campaign where every week we will have a different sport that women and non-binary students can ‘drop-in’ to for free and try a new sport for the whole 10 weeks of term! We will make sure that all of these sessions are inclusive and we plan to do specific disability focused ones, such as having a sign language instructor for example.
We will combine the feedback from the previous This Girl Can events and the Disability Survey in order to make sure that these sessions are accessible and that we are providing what students want.
The first taster session will take place before Easter so this will be a fab way to de-stress before exams begin next term!
I am really excited about this funding and to be able to put it to good use will be awesome! So get ready for some more information coming soon and start telling your friends about some FREE and women and non-binary students only sport!
Can’t wait to see loads of you at the events coming up soon :)
Watch this space!
Happy International Women’s Day!